Gianna Jun returns home in ‘Vampire’

'Sassy' girl sashays to local movie

SEOUL — Korean beauty Gianna Jun is set to return to her home country after heading the cast of multinational fantasy actioner “Blood the Last Vampire.”

Jun, who shot to fame in “My Sassy Girl” and used to go by the Korean name of Jun Ji-hyun, will star in CJ Entertainment’s comedy drama “Superman ieotdeon sanai” (The Guy Who Once Was Superman). Pic lenses this month under helmer Chung Yoon-chul (“Marathon”) for release next spring. CJ is financing the 4 billion won ($4.25 million) production and will handle local release and international sales.

The film sets Jun as a snobbish docu producer forced by her production company to make a far-fetched film about a fantasist played by Hwang Jun-min.

Jun has not appeared in a Korean film since last year’s “Daisy,” by Hong Kong helmer Andrew Lau Wai-kung.

An English-language remake of “Sassy Girl” was recently produced by Gold Circle Films, Madacy Entertainment, Maverick Films and Vertigo Entertainment, with Elisha Cuthbert standing in for Jun.

Now in post-production, the $35 million “Vampire” is helmed by Chris Nahon and produced by Bill Kong’s Edko Films, Japan’s Production I.G. and France’s Pathe.

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