Okja: Boon Jong Ho’s latest adds Walking Dead star

Does this casting for Bong Joon Ho’s Okja reveal The Walking Dead’s ending?


Of all the films on the horizon, we’re reserving quite a lot of anticipation for Okja. Directed by Bong Joon Ho (The Host, Snowpiercer), this Plan B/Netflix co-production follows a young girl named Mija (Seohyun An), who struggles to protect her best friends from the advances of a nefarious multi-national company. The twist? Her friend just so happens to be a giant monster.

Intriguingly, a new cast member who will likely be familiar to readers has been announced: The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun. There’s no word on who he’s playing yet, although it does raise more questions about the status of Glenn in AMC’s hit series. As you will know by now, some unlucky soulĀ gets brutally beaten to death in the Season 6 finale, with Glenn being one of the main candidates, especially considering that it is his character who meets this fate in the comics. His casting in Okja – which just so happens to be filming at the same time as The Walking Dead – doesn’t bode well.

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Steven Yeun in The Walking Dead

What does bode well is his addition to Okja, which will hopefully see Bong Joon Ho get even wider attention. Of his recent movies, The Host was an excellent contribution to the monster-movie canon, and Snowpiercer was similarly great, even if it ultimate didn’t get the kind of distribution deal it deserved. Still, absolutely everyone has Netflix, so hopefully Okja shouldn’t suffer from this problem.

Yeun joins an impressive cast that already includes the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Lily Collins, Paul Dano, Devon Bostick, Hi-Bong Byeon, Je-Mun Yun, Woo-Sik Choi, Seohyun An and Daniel Henshall. Bong-Joon Ho is directing from a script penned by himself and Jon Ronson.

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