In a collab that seems tailor-made to excite Twitter, “Minari” actor Steven Yeun has been tapped to star opposite Robert Pattinson in Bong Joon Ho’s upcoming film. Although the movie, shot at Warner Bros., is untitled, the sci-fi story is based on the novel “Mickey7” by Edward Ashton.
The project reunites Yeun and Bong, who previously worked together on Netflix’s allegorical drama “Okja” in 2017.
According to the book’s publisher, St. Martin Press, the high-level cerebral thriller could best be described as “The Martian” meets “Dark Matter.” It follows a “consumable” – a disposable employee in a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim – who refuses to let his replacement clone, nicknamed Mickey8, take his place. Plot details for the film have not been confirmed, and it’s unclear to what extent Bong (who is also writing the screenplay) plans to stick to the source material.
Besides Yeun and Pattinson, the cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Toni Collette and Naomi Ackie. Pattinson is set to play the protagonist, but other casting details have not been confirmed.
Bong will also executive produce the upcoming film through his company Offscreen, with Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner and Kate Street Pictures’ Dooho Choi. Peter Dodd will oversee on behalf of Warner Bros.
The film marks Bong’s first feature film since 2019’s dark comedy thriller ‘Parasite’, which became the highest-grossing South Korean film in history, as well as the first non-English language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars. . He is also known for directing “Snowpiercer”, “The Host” and “Barking Dogs Never Bite”.
Next up for Yeun is director Jordan Peele’s undercover thriller “Nope,” which co-stars Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer and opens in theaters July 22. The actor, whose other recognizable credits include ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Burning’, will next be seen in the Netflix comedy ‘Beef’ starring Ali Wong.
Deadline Hollywood broke the casting news for Yeun for the first time.