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  • GONG Yoo Mulls Lead Role in XU FU
  • by Pierce Conran /  Aug 17, 2018
  • Top Star May Appear in Legend of Chinese Explorer

    GONG Yoo is considering an offer to appear in Xu Fu (working title), the latest film from Architecture 101 (2012) director LEE Yong-ju. Should the star sign on, it would be his first feature film role since 2016’s The Age of Shadows.

    Xu Fu will be based on the legendary exploits of the Chinese explorer of that same name, who never returned after being tasked with tracking down the elixir of life.

    The popular actor’s last screen performance was in the hit TV drama Goblin, alongside KIM Go-eun, which aired over the 2016-17 winter season. Prior to that, GONG had a particularly notable 2016 in theaters, as he appeared in no less than three films. First was the LEE Yoon-ki drama A Man and a Woman (2016) alongside JEON Do-yeon, which he followed with a pair of box office successes: the global smash TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016) from YEON Sang-ho, that year’s biggest summer title, and the top offering for the Chuseok holiday season, KIM Jee-woon’s Colonial Era spy action-drama The Age of Shadows.

    Prior to the smash hit romantic drama Architecture 101, which drew over four million viewers, LEE was responsible for the acclaimed horror film Possessed (2009).

    Xu Fu is looking to begin shooting later this year for an anticipated release at some point in 2019. 
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