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  • CHOI Dong-hoon Sets ASSASSINATION as Next Project
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jan 30, 2014
  • Lead Roles Offered to HA Jung-woo, JUN Ji-hyun and LEE Jung-jae
    One of Korea’s most big hitmakers is set to return to the director’s chair following his star-studded 2012 hit caper film The Thieves. CHOI Dong-hoon is eyeing Assassination, a thriller set in the 1930s, as his fifth project. Starring roles have been offered HA Jung-woo, JUN Ji-hyun and LEE Jung-jae with no casting confirmed as of yet.
    CHOI’s The Thieves came in just shy of 13 million admissions during its summer 2012 release, making it the second most popular Korean of all time behind Bong Joon Ho’s The Host (2006). CHOI has already directed the hits Tazza: The High Rollers (2006) and Woochi (2009). Save for focusing on an assassination plot that takes place in the 1930s, not much is know about CHOI’s new film yet, though the budget has been pegged at KRW 12 billion (USD 11.12 million). The Yellow Sea (2010), Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (2012) and The Berlin File star HA Jung-woo, who has never worked with CHOI before, is currently considering a lead role in the project. Meanwhile, JUN Ji-hyun (My Sassy Girl, 2001) and LEE Jung-jae (New World), who both starred in CHOI’s The Thieves, are also considering offers. All three stars will respond once they complete their current projects.
    The tantalizing prospect of seeing these stars sign on to the hitmaker’s enticing new project has already raised expectation in Korea, with the internet all aflutter at the news. Assassination is aiming for a 2015 release date.

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