Viewers who know Gong Yoo from comedies such as "Coffee Prince" and "Big," might be surprised by some of his most recent film roles.
He's done a few comedy films too but in the last few years he's also taken a succession of dark roles. And soon he will battle zombies.
Gong Yoo is planning to battle zombies in the live-action thriller "Bound For Busan," a film about a viral epidemic that quickly transforms humans into zombies. Gong Yoo plays a Zuk Woo, man who is caught on a high-speed train with his wife when the zombies attack. He must battle them with whatever resources he can find on the train.
The film is directed by Yun Sang Ho, who known for his dark and controversial films. And it's a much bigger film than any of his previous directorial efforts. "Bound for Busan" will reportedly cost about $10 million to make. "Bound for Busan is actually a sequel to the director's previous indie animated film "Seoul Station," which showed how the outbreak of a disease affected Seoul.
Why zombies? Gong Yoo has said that he is a fan of Director Yun Sang Ho, who directed "The Fake" and "King of Pigs." And he said the film's script was appealing.
Casting is not yet complete for the zombie film. Choi Woo Sik, who recently appeared in the dramas "Fool's Love," "Fated To Love You" and "Pride and Prejudice" is also considering a role.
The zombie thriller is set to start filming in April.