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Busan: Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy Eyed for Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Okja’

Jake Gyllenhaal Venice Film Festival
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Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald are tipped to join Tilda Swinton in “Okja,” the new monster film by Bong Joon-ho, the Korean director of “Snowpiercer.”

Sources close to the production told Variety that the cast negotiations were “preliminary discussions with old friends.” Swinton, in Korea, at the Busan Film Festival earlier this week, dropped heavy hints that she will soon work again with Bong, though did not name the project.

“I’m already planning more adventures with Bong Joon-ho,” said Swinton this week. “He is a great master.”

“Okja” is currently in early pre-production ahead of a shoot that will begin in April next year and span locations in Korea and the U.S. Delivery of the completed picture is expected in the first or second quarter of 2017.

Production is headed by Korea-based Lewis Pictures, which will likely structure the movie as an indie effort. Budget and financing structure will depend on final casting.

Bong has previous form with monster movies. He wrote and directed iconic 2006 monster movie “The Host,” which for several years was the highest grossing movie of all time in Korea.

His 2013 post-apocalyptic sci-fi fantasy, “Snowpiercer” featured an all-star cast with Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Song Kang-ho — and a standout Swinton. The picture earned $59.8 million on release in Korea, and – after a prolonged tussle with distributor Harvey Weinstein – some $4.56 million in North America.