Su Ae considers sports movie about national women’s hockey team
Yay, Take Off (National Team) is getting a sequel! I love the original, a 2009 movie starring Ha Jung-woo as a ski-jumper who helps form a national team in the sport and takes a group of lovable misfits all the way to the Winter Olympics. It’s such a feel-good underdog sports movie that gets you in all the right ways, so I’m excited to hear that they’re finally making a sequel.
National Team 2 (or Take Off 2, if they’re keeping the first English title for the franchise) is going to stick with the Winter Olympics as its backdrop, but this time it’ll be about a women’s hockey team. Badass. They’re currently courting Su Ae (Mask) to headline, which seems like a huge departure for her — she’s a phenomenal actress who’s in her element in melodramas, but doesn’t exactly strike me as a bruiser on the ice.
She did play a brutal assassin spy on Athena though, so I know she’s capable of being athletic. I really enjoy any time she breaks from the traditional dramatic roles, so I hope she signs on. I can see the movie being a heartfelt, uplifting mix of Take Off and Korea/As One (another sports movie that made me cry), and maybe we can even get a little sprinkling of The Mighty Ducks in there for fun.
Directing is PD Kim Jong-hyun, of the badass cable miniseries Girl K and the Lee Beom-soo baseball movie Superstar Mr. Gam. Great, now I really want him to pair up with Su Ae for a Girl K-esque action thriller. Make it happen, people!
Su Ae is currently playing the hell out of two characters in SBS’s melodrama Mask, which will run until late July; National Team 2 plans to shoot later this year.
Via TV Report
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- ATHENA: Episode 1
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- Take Off surpasses Friend on all-time box office list
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