Jo Jin-woong, Ryu Joon-yeol, Kim Joo-hyuk, Cha Seung-won
The aje fatale (aka ajusshi fatale) is in full force for upcoming crime thriller Onward. Early on, Jo Jin-woong (Entourage) was courted to play the main lead as an undercover police officer. Next, Cha Seung-won (Gosanja: Map of the World) was offered the opposing role, of the criminal kingpin that Jo Jin-woong tries to catch. Recent reports added that both Ryu Joon-yeol (Lucky Romance) and Kim Joo-hyuk (Yourself and Yours, The Truth Beneath) are in final negotiations to join the project.
So the plot sounds like a mishmash of Heartless City and Signal (well, the Signal part only because Jo Jin-woong will be playing a policeman again): a cop goes undercover to infiltrate a dangerous narcotics smuggling operation, headed by the most infamous druglord. The movie is supposed to be a remake of the popular 2012 Hong Kong film Drug War, but it’s not clear yet how closely it will resemble the original. It’s been announced that Ryu Joon-yeol’s character will be a drug dealer, while Kim Joo-hyuk’s character is unspecified so far.
If this cast comes together, there’s no way I won’t watch — domestic viewing restrictions can’t hold a candle to the power of my love for hot ajusshis. Onward will be led by award-winning director Lee Hae-young, who created works like chilling horror movie The Silence and comedy Like a Virgin, and produced by the Yong Film Company, which has hit movies like The Handmaiden and Luck-Key under its belt.
Filming for Onward will begin next year in June (partially because Jo Jin-woong and Ryu Joon-yeol both have a ton on their schedules before then), so hopefully we’ll see the movie by 2018.
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