D.O. joins afterlife fantasy saga With the Gods
The cast has been confirmed for the new fantasy saga With the Gods starring Ha Jung-woo (Assassination) and Cha Tae-hyun (The Producers), and idol actor D.O. (Do Kyung-soo) of EXO is the latest addition to the ensemble. This is a movie I’m really looking forward to, because the webtoon is an interesting mix of dark humor and complex mythology, all about human souls facing trial in the afterlife and the grim reapers who collect them.
The film series from director Kim Yong-hwa (Take Off, 200-Pound Beauty) will be told in two parts, and is based on the omnibus satirical webtoon by Joo Ho-min, about a whole world filled with reapers, humans, and gods who pass judgment on them. Once a person dies, they’re assigned an afterlife lawyer to represent them in a trial that’ll determine how they lived their life and where they’ll spend the rest of eternity. It’s a court in which money and status have no meaning, and you’re assigned an afterlife public defense attorney to plead your case.
Cha Tae-hyun has been cast as an average salaryman who dies suddenly at the age of 39. His death opens the story, and we’re introduced to this world from his perspective as he prepares for trial. Ha Jung-woo headlines as the lead grim reaper, the character that connects the omnibus series as the soul-collector who freely moves between the living and the dead (on a subway train, heh). He’s a prickly boss with two reaper minions on his team, played by Joo Ji-hoon (Mask) and Kim Hyang-gi (Queen’s Classroom). Ma Dong-seok (Bad Guys) plays a character who protects humans in the living realm.
D.O. has been cast as a soldier character, Private Won, who’s central to the story. He’s definitely a successful case of an idol transitioning into acting well, with lauded performances in both his first drama (It’s Okay, It’s Love), his first movie (Cart), and his first leading role (Unforgettable). I was even more impressed with his creepy turn in I Remember You, so I think his acting future is pretty bright.
The two-part film saga will be shot all at once, and begins filming this month for a release next summer. That’s SO FAR AWAY…
Via TV Report
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