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Yoon Yeo Jung & Han Ye Ri To Make Hollywood Debuts In Film w/ Steven Yeun + Jeon Jong Seo Debut Too

-“Minari” is a film about a Korean family who immigrated to the United States in the 1980s in order to chase the American dream. The film is based on the true story of Korean-American director Isaac Chung whose family moved to rural Arkansas. Issac Chung is known for movies such as “Munyurangabo” and “Abigail Harm.”

-Produced by A24 and Plan B (Brad Pitt's Production Company) while Steven will executive produce. Shooting begins this week in Oklahoma.

-Yoon Yeo Jung and Han Ye Ri will make their Hollywood debuts here in the drama film, their roles haven't been revealed.

-Steven moved from UTA to CAA, and will next star in A24's adaptation of the Tony-winning play The Humans alongside Beanie Feldstein, Jayne Houdyshell, Richard Jenkins and Amy Schumer."

-Speaking of Steven, his Burning co-star will be making her English language debut in Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon dir. by Ana Lily Amirpour

-"This news is especially more impressive as Jeon Jong Seo will be entering Hollywood just a year after making her debut as an actress. Although Korean actors such as Lee Byung Hun, Rain, and Jun Ji Hyun have appeared in Hollywood films as supporting roles, Jeon Jong Seo will be making her Hollywood debut as a lead."

-"A source from MY Company said, “The people behind ‘Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon’ have a lot of respect for the fact that Jeon Jong Seo got a lead role in a Hollywood film which is rare for an Asian actress.”

-"Jeon Jong Seo completed shooting the upcoming film “Call” and will be staying in the United States until August to focus on filming “Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon.”

-She lived in Canada for a while before going back to South Korea to finish high school there.

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snowphone 21st-Jul-2019 11:09 am (UTC)
wow that's awesome, i'm looking forward to seeing more from joen jong seo
lizanka23 21st-Jul-2019 02:19 pm (UTC)
i'm so glad more female actresses are getting an opportunity to act in hollywood besides bae doona and in movies with interesting plots and characters. A24 is one of my faves so I know they won't do me wrong lol
apathycollusion 21st-Jul-2019 08:37 pm (UTC)
I love Bae Doona but yeah its good to see more opportunities given to other Asian actresses. Plus Jeon lived in Canada when she was young/up to HS so her English pronunciation might be good. I could see the film getting to Sundance or Venice.

I like that for Steven he took his own path, and it worked out for him. He got to make his mark as a leading man in Burning, and from that carefully chose his projects. Loved that he's finally being able to find his work his way. P.S Youn's Kitchen is great!!
lizanka23 22nd-Jul-2019 10:17 pm (UTC)
Nice! That would be great if it were shown at Venice to get more eyes on the screen. Yeah, Steven Yeun really worked hard at it and made sure he wasn’t typecast. Of course other actors are talented too but it’s much harder to carve your own path. Haven’t been this interested to see a movie in a while lol

Edited at 2019-07-22 10:21 pm (UTC)
apathycollusion 22nd-Jul-2019 10:21 pm (UTC)
The thing I love is that Steven has gone back to his motherland several times, has done interviews and promotes the culture back home. He seems to really cherish and honor his heritage, when some Asian American actors try to be more Westernized where he tries to bridge that gap between Asia and America imo.

Seems like a drama that could premiere at Sundance and get some awards traction. P.S Brad Pitt does a lot of great producing work for POC which is great, so hopefully his star power gives this film that push.

On a diff. random note, I'm still waiting for the Gong Yoo/Jung Yu Mi film. Ugh, I hope it does well money/critically and I hope that goes to Cannes 2020 so it could get some awards buzz!!

Edited at 2019-07-22 10:25 pm (UTC)
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