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South Korean actor Yu Ji-tae has joined the cast of Danish art house director Lars Von Trier’s upcoming horror film The House That Jack Built.
Yu is the first Asian actor to play a supporting role in one of Von Trier’s films.
He began his career as a fashion model, but is now known for his work with several of South Korea’s most acclaimed directors, including Hur Jin-ho on One Fine Spring Day (2001), Park Chan-wook in Oldboy (2003), and Hong Sang-soo in Woman is the Future of Man (2004).
“It’s an honor for me to be in the film of my favorite director, Lars von Trier,” Yu said. “It [will] be a very special experience for me.”
The House That Jack Built, which will be Von Trier’s first release since his two-part sexual psychodrama Nymphomaniac in 2013, stars Matt Dillon as Jack, and Uma Thurman, Bruno Ganz and Riley Keough.
The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer over the course of 12 years and depicts the murders that make him into a serial killer. It is expected to be released in 2018.
The film’s sales agent, TrustNordisk, and its Korean distributor, Atnine Film, are understood to have put Yu forward for the role.
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