Jang Dong-gun to team up with real-life buddy Hyun Bin in zombie thriller Rampant
Man, you can just feel the star power in this project. Zombie sageuk Rampant has added Jang Dong-gun (No Tears For the Dead) as a potential castmate to already-confirmed Hyun Bin (Confidential Assignment), which would make for one awesome lineup. From initial reports, it sounds like Jang Dong-gun’s character won’t be on the same side as Hyun Bin’s, but I’m secretly hoping they work it out and take down zombies together with swords and in sageuk garb, side by side. I can already picture it. *drool*
Seeing as Hyun Bin’s character is part of the royal family, I can see some palace politics playing out in the film, with the zombie apocalypse as a backdrop. Sort of like The Walking Dead. I’m venturing a guess that Jang Dong-gun’s character will be a political opponent, although I might find myself yelling at the screen to, you know, take care of the ZOMBIES first. Priorities, people.
The “night demons” Hyun Bin will face are described in articles as more like a hybrid of vampires and zombies: They eat human flesh but also drink blood, and are only active at night. Ick. Given the production company’s experience with the genre (NEW was the company behind blockbuster hit Train to Busan), we can probably expect some pretty realistic, and therefore terrifying, depictions of the “night demons.” I can’t tell whether that’s a good thing.
It’s always fun to know that co-stars are friends in real life—Hyun Bin and Jang Dong-gun are both on the same baseball team in an amateur celebrity league—so we can count on the two to have great onscreen chemistry, antagonistic or otherwise. Hopefully Jang Dong-gun will confirm, and we can see them both on the same screen.
Rampant is still in the casting phase, and hopes to start filming in the latter half of 2017. We can expect to see the film in theaters sometime next year.
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