Well-loved actor Ryu Joon-yeol (Lucky Romance) may be matching talents with this year’s Chungmuro breakout actress Kim Tae-ri (The Handmaiden) in a manga adaptation film called Little Forest. She has confirmed, while he is still reviewing the offer. Award-winning director Im Soon-rye, who has created hit movies like Informant and Waikiki Brothers, is taking the lead on this new project.
The original source material for the upcoming project Little Forest is a slice-of-life Japanese manga by the same name. It is about a girl who escapes big city life after some heartbreaking disappointments. She finds peace again back at her sleepy hometown, by becoming one with nature. The manga artist, Igarashi Daisuke, was nominated for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize for his work. Little Forest received so much love in Japan that it was adapted into a two-part movie. Kim Tae-ri will play the main character, and Ryu Joon-yeol has been offered the part of her childhood friend.
Kim Tae-ri has been attached to the film since it was first announced because the director singled her out for it. Kim originally rose to fame for beating out 1500 other competitors during the fierce audition process for the long-awaited Park Chan-wook film, The Handmaiden. Director Im became enchanted with the indie actress’s healthy looks and natural acting after seeing her perform in that movie.
Meanwhile, Ryu Joon-yeol already has three films pending release soon: mystery crime movie Silence, period film Taxi Driver, and legal thriller The King. If he ends up joining Kim Tae-ri, he won’t have much of a holiday break because filming starts in early January of next year.
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