Cannes: Actress Jeon Do-yeon to Star in South Korean Romance 'A Bastard'

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Jeon Do-yeon in "Way Back Home"

The Cannes-winning star of "Secret Sunshine" will appear in the new project by Oh Seung-wook, which makes its market premiere at the French festival.

SEOUL – Cannes-winning South Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon has been confirmed to play the lead in the upcoming local romance A Bastard, its production company Sanai Pictures announced.

Written and directed by Oh Seung-wook, the film is described by makers to be a "hard-boiled romantic thriller" that explores relationships intertwined around a murder case. Jeon will play the defendant's girlfriend, who falls for the detective investigating the case.

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Kim Nam-gil will the play the detective, replacing The Face Reader's Lee Jung-jae. The latter dropped out of the role after suffering an injury on the set of an actioner currently under production, The Big Match.

"Director Oh Seung-wook is well known for penning the script of Hur Jin-ho's [popular romance] One Fine Spring Day and made an impressive directorial debut in 2000 with Kilimanjaro. He is expected to deliver yet another unique mise-en-scene with A Bastard," said a spokesperson for Sanai Pictures. "Jeon Do-yeon will be playing a character who possesses both strength and innocence -- something only an actress of such caliber can portray."

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The 41-year-old Jeon won the Best Actress Award at Cannes in 2007 for Lee Chang-dong's Secret Sunshine, and has returned to the French festival this year as a judge. She last appeared at la Croisette with the 2011 Korean competition piece The Housemaid.

A Bastard is slated to go into production in June after Jeon returns to Korea from this year's Cannes Film Festival. CJ Entertainment is handling international sales for the film at the Cannes Film Market.