Korean director prepping heist pic 'Max'

South Korean helmer Kim Ji-woon has cast “Oldboy” topliner Choi Min-sik and Korean Wave star Lee Byung-hun in thriller “Saw a Devil.”

Lee, who was last seen in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” plays a man pursuing the psychopath, played by Choi, who killed his fiancee.

Kim was set to helm the Hollywood remake of French heist pic “Max et les ferrailleurs” next, but has turned his attention to “Devil” due to production delays on the U.S. pic.

Devil,” which was formerly called “Night in the Subtropics,” begins lensing early February.

The pic is Lee’s third pic with Kim, following 2005’s “A Bittersweet Life” and 2008’s “The Good, the Bad, the Weird,” which both screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Choi’s last pic was “Himalaya, Where the Wind Dwells” in 2008. His credits also include 2005’s “Lady Vengeance,” which was directed by “Oldboy” helmer Park Chan-wook.

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