EXCLUSIVE: Five years after working together on the Netflix pic Okja, Steven Yeun is reuniting with Bong Joon Ho on his next feature film at Warner Bros. The untitled film is based on the novel Mickey7 by Edward Ashton and also stars Robert Pattinson, Naomi Ackie, Mark Ruffalo and Toni Collette.
Bong will write, direct and produce for his production company Offscreen, alongside Kate Street Picture Company’s Dooho Choi and Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, as part of the latter’s overall deal with Warner Bros. The film reteams Bong and Choi with Brad Pitt’s Plan B following their successful collaboration on the director’s 2017 film Okja.
The book was published in February by St. Martin, a Macmillan imprint. While the film will be inspired by the novel, sources say that given Bong’s past experiences with adaptations, his version might ultimately may be different from the novel’s. The novel’s story follows Mickey7, who is an Expendable: a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim. Whenever there’s a mission that’s too dangerous—even suicidal—the crew turns to Mickey. After one iteration dies, a new body is regenerated with most of his memories intact. After six deaths, Mickey7 understands the terms of his deal…and why it was the only colonial position unfilled when he took it.
Bong Joon-Ho's Sci-Fi Movie Starring Robert Pattinson In Pre-Production At UK's Warner Bros Studios Leavesden
The project is Bong’s first since his 2019 South Korean masterpiece Parasite swept the world to become a global cultural touchpoint and shattered box office records worldwide. The genre-defying film was honored with the Cannes Palme d’Or and culminated with its historic night at the 92nd Academy Awards, where it became the first non-English-language film to take home the Oscars for Best Picture, Director, and Original Screenplay, along with the International Feature Film award.
Yeun has a big year ahead of him starting with the highly anticipated thriller Nope from Jordan Peele. Yeun co-stars with Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer in the pic, which bows on July 22. Following that, he also has the Netflix and A24 series Beef where he stars opposite Ali Wong.
Yeun was most recently seen in the Oscar-winning A24 pic Minari. The film was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and earned Yeun some of the best reviews of his career that were followed by Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild, Critics Choice and Independent Spirt Award nominations for the role.
He is repped by CAA, Gotham Group and Principal Entertainment LA.
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