First Look: Bong Joon Ho's Fantasy Drama 'Okja'

'I want to show the beauty that can exist between man and animal, and also the horror between them,' says the South Korean director on his first project with Netflix studios.

Netflix unveiled on Friday the first batch of stills and a storyboard image for Bong Joon Ho's much-anticipated fantasy film Okja, ahead of its release in 2017.

Written by Bong and Jon Ronson (Frank), Okja follows Mija, a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multinational company from kidnapping her best friend, a massive animal named Okja. South Korean actress Seohyun An, who was cast by Bong through an extensive series of auditions, plays the lead role.

Still cuts featuring An and her co-star Lily Collins (To The Bone) were released along with a storyboard image. "With Okja, I want to show the beauty that can exist between man and animal, and also the horror between them," said Bong.

Other castmembers include Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano, along with Devon Bostick (The 100), Byun Heebong (The Host), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook), Yoon Je Moon (Mother), Choi Wooshik (Set Me Free) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead). Shooting locations for the film include South Korea, Canada and the U.S., and will be in English and Korean.

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Dooho Choi, Woo-sik Seo and Bong Joon Ho are producers on the film. Okja is a Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company production.

Okja will premiere globally on Netflix in 2017 and will also have a limited day-and-date theatrical release in the U.S. Netflix is also looking for theatrical partners for a day-and-date release in select international territories, including South Korea.

 

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