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More Korean actors eye opportunities in Hollywood
  • August 17, 2021

More Korean actors eye opportunities in Hollywood

Updated : 2021-08-09 20:57

By Kwak Yeon-soo

As Korean-language TV series and films are becoming accessible globally and widely embraced by international fans, more Korean actors are making it in Hollywood.

Earlier this year, there was a rumor that Park Seo-joon, best known for his roles in TV dramas like, "She Was Pretty" and "Itaewon Class," was in talks to join "The Marvels," a sequel to the 2019 blockbuster hit, "Captain Marvel."

Recently, the 33-year-old actor's name has been listed as part of the cast on IMDb's official "The Marvels" page. The character and size of his role are being kept under wraps, but Marvel fans speculate that Park may be playing the Korean American teenage hero, Amadeus Cho, the son of Dr. Helen Cho (Claudia Kim), who debuted in, "Avengers: Age of Ultron".

Park's agency, Awesome ENT, hasn't confirmed whether he will star in Marvel's upcoming film or not. This situation is fairly typical, as Marvel Studios prefers to keep things confidential in the production stage. For the same reason, Kim and Ma Dong-seok ― who is playing Gilgamesh in "Eternals" ― have been quiet about their roles until Marvel Studios officially announced the full cast lineup.

If Park joins the cast, he will join a strong female-led cast, including Brie Larson, who plays female superhero Captain Marvel Carol Danvers, as well as Teyonah Perris, who plays Monica Rambeau, and Iman Vellani, who plays Kamala Khan. "The Marvels" is set to hit theaters in the second half of 2022

Jeon Jong-seo, who signed with United Talent Agency (UTA) for U.S. representation in May, wrapped up filming her Hollywood debut film, "Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon," directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. UTA represents Hollywood stars including: Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Alba and Benedict Cumberbatch.

"Mona Lisa," about a girl with mystical powers who escapes from a mental health institution to live in New Orleans, will be competing for the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival, scheduled to run from Sept. 1 to 11. The film will also open this year's Sitges Film Festival in October

"It's true that Jeon has been invited to the Venice Film Festival, but we haven't decided whether she will attend the festival or not," her agency, My Company, said.

Yoo Teo, who rose to fame after playing the Soviet rock musician, Viktor Tsoi, in Kirill Serebrennikov's "Leto," is set to star in the romance drama, "Past Lives," by writer-director Celine Song. The film portrays the story of a couple from childhood reuniting in Korea.

Set to begin filming later this year, Yoo will be playing opposite Greta Lee, well-known for her roles in "Russian Doll" and "High Maintenance." A24, the company behind Oscar-winning films "Minari" and "Moonlight," along with CJ ENM, will co-finance and produce the film.