Star actor Steven Yeun will be reuniting with director Bong Jo Hoo from the film Okja for a new feature with Warner Bros. While currently untitled, the project will be based on the Edward Ashton dystopian science fiction novel Mickey7. In addition to Yeun, the film is set to also star Robert Pattinson, Naomi Ackie, Mark Ruffalo, and Toni Collette.
Bong Jo Hoo is set to write, direct, and produce the film under his production company Offscreen. This will be Hoo’s first project since 2019’s genre-blending film Parasite, which found large amounts of critical acclaim including being bestowed the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a massive array of Academy Award victories. These included best International Feature Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and the first non-English language film to win Best Picture.
Meanwhile, for Steven Yeun, he is recently coming off of his critically acclaimed and award-nominated performance in Minari. In terms of other upcoming projects, Yeun notably is part of Jordan Peele’s latest horror project Nope alongside Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, which is slated to open in theaters on July 22. As well later this year, the actor will star opposite Ali Wong in the Netflix and A24 co-produced series Beef.
In terms of this film project, the novel Mickey7 is based around the concept of Expendables, who are disposable employees on a quest to colonize the ice world of Niflheim. From there, the novel chronicles the dangerous and death-inspiring journey the titular Mickey7 and others go on. Though as is the case with Bong Jo Hoo adaptations, there is certainly the chance that the acclaimed directors takes liberties from the source material. It certainly will be interesting to see if this project can join the pantheon of high-quality projects from both Hoo and Yeun.