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Feb 26, 2018
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Women-Led Thriller Gears Up for March Shoot

LEE Jung-hyun has found her follow-up project to last year’s World War II action drama The Battleship Island (2017), after signing on to play the leading role in the forthcoming thriller Secret Agreement (translated title).

The star will take on the role of Seo Joo-ha, the granddaughter of a conglomerate chairman who runs her own patisserie. Together with another woman, she engages in a ‘secret agreement’ as the two decide to murder someone for the other. At a time when few women-centric thrillers are making it to screens, Secret Agreement, with its calculated revenge scheme reminiscent of the classic plot of Patricia Highsmith’s novel ‘Strangers on a Train’, is expected to drum up excitement among those clamoring for more equal representation in Korean thrillers.

After bursting on to the scene with her leading role in JANG Sun-woo’s historical drama A Petal (1996), for which she won several Best New Actress awards, singer and actress LEE has gone from strength to strength throughout her career. Following a hiatus she returned to feature films in 2012’s Juvenile Offender and later scored several prizes as the lead of Alice in Earnestland (2015). She featured alongside YOO Ji-tae in the bowling drama SPLIT (2016) before joining the cast of RYOO Seung-wan’s The Battleship Island (2017).

Once casting has been completed, Secret Agreement is scheduled to go into production at some point in March.
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