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Steven Yeun of ‘The Walking Dead’ to star in film based on Murakami’s ‘Norwegian Wood’

Image: Big Issue Korea

Image: Big Issue Korea

Korean-American Hollywood actor Steven Yeun confirmed to play a role in director Lee Chang-dong’s new film tentatively titled “Burning”.

Based on the Japanese novel “Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami, “Burning” centers on the mystery surrounding chaebol Ben, delivery man Jong-su and young lady Hae-mi.

Steven Yeun will play the role of Ben. “Steven Yeun’s bright and mysterious charm fits well with the character of Ben,” Lee said in a statement.

Yoo Ah-in is confirmed to play the role of Jong-su, while the role of Hae-mi will be played by rookie actress Jeon Jong-seo.

The movie started filming on Sept. 11 and aims to hit the big screens in the first half of next year.

Steven is known for his role as Glenn Rhee on AMC’s horror drama television series “The Walking Dead”. Meanwhile, Lee won the Silver Lion for Best Direction award at the 2002 Venice Film Festival for “Oasis” and the Best Screenplay award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for “Poetry”. He served as Minister of Culture and Tourism from 2003 to 2004 and was presented with the Legion d’Honneur in 2006.

“Burning” will be the director’s new film in eight years since he released his last film “Poetry” in 2010. JB

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