In a collaboration that feels tailor-made to excite Twitter, “Minari” actor Steven Yeun has been cast to star alongside Robert Pattinson in Bong Joon Ho’s next movie. Though the film, set at Warner Bros., does not have a title, the science-fiction story is based on Edward Ashton’s novel “Mickey7.”
The project reunites Yeun and Bong, who previously worked together on Netflix’s allegorical drama “Okja” in 2017.
According to the book’s publisher, St. Martin Press, the high-concept cerebral thriller could be described as “The Martian” meets “Dark Matter.” It follows an “expendable” — a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim — who refuses to let his replacement clone, dubbed Mickey8, take his place. Plot details for the movie have not been confirmed, and it’s not clear how closely Bong (who is also writing the screenplay) plans to stick to the source material.
Along with Yeun and Pattinson, the cast includes Mark Ruffalo, Toni Collette and Naomi Ackie. Pattinson is expected to play the protagonist, but further casting details have not been confirmed.
Bong will also produce the upcoming film through his company Offscreen, along with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner of Plan B and Dooho Choi of Kate Street Pictures. Peter Dodd will oversee on behalf of Warner Bros.
The movie marks Bong’s first feature since 2019’s dark comedy-thriller “Parasite,” which became the highest-grossing South Korean film in history, as well as the first non-English-language movie to win best picture at the Oscars. He’s also known for directing “Snowpiercer,” “The Host” and “Barking Dogs Never Bite.”
Up next for Yeun is director Jordan Peele’s undercover thriller “Nope,” which co-stars Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer and opens in theaters on July 22. The actor, whose other recognizable credits include “The Walking Dead” and “Burning,” will next be seen in the Netflix comedy “Beef” with Ali Wong.
Deadline Hollywood first reported the news of Yeun’s casting.