In terms of South Korean entertainment, actor Park Seo-joon already has a solid rep. Whether in the big screen or small, his filmography contains some very notable roles. He had starring roles in Koreanovelas such as “Hwarang” (2016) and “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim” (2018), with these two in particular being among many that was exported to Asian TV networks and Netflix. He even got a cameo in 2019’s “Parasite” by director Bong Joon-ho, the first South Korean movie to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Now, word is that Park is breaking into Hollywood as well, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to boot.
Collider tells us that Park Seo-joon’s agency may have confirmed the South Korean star’s involvement in a Marvel Studios project. Awesome Entertainment announced this past Friday, September 3, that Park flew from South Korea to the US to begin work on said movie. While the agency only mentioned Marvel Studios, they did not elaborate on which installment of the MCU franchise the actor will be cast in. There have been rumors since this past June that pegs Park as being tapped for the sequel of 2019’s MCU Phase 3 film “Captain Marvel,” titled “The Marvels.”
“Park Seo-joon confirmed his appearance in the Marvel Studios movie and left the country this afternoon,” read the official statement from Park’s agent as given to The Korea Times. “I am well aware that many people are curious about the name of the work, the character, the filming location, and the filming period, but detailed information about the movie will be announced at a later date.” Already, a number of internet sources on “The Marvels” have added Park’s name to the confirmed cast, though his role is listed as undisclosed.
“The Marvels” brings together the titular “Captain Marvel” Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) with two characters tangentially related to her in the original Marvel Comics, Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani). Parris’ Rambeau first appeared as a child played by sisters Azari and Akira Akbar in “Captain Marvel” (set in the 1990s) before reappearing as an adult agent of SWORD in the Disney+ limited series “WandaVision,” which depicts her gaining energy absorption powers. Vellani’s Kamala is a teenaged Pakistani-American fan-girl of superheroes, particularly Danvers, who gains shape-altering abilities and will star in her own Disney+ limited series, “Ms. Marvel,” premiering in late 2021. “The Marvels,” which also stars Zawe Ashton, is scheduled for release in November of 2022.
Other South Korean actors that have been part of the MCU include Claudia Kim as Dr. Helen Cho in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015) and Ma Dong-seok, who portrays Gilgamesh in upcoming MCU Phase 4 movie “Eternals,” releasing this November.
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