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  • HWANG Jung-min Mulling Return as HOSTAGE
  • by Pierce Conran /  Jan 14, 2019
  • Box Office Star Prepares for Screen Comeback with Filmmaker R & K

    Korean star HWANG Jung-min is reportedly considering the project Hostage (translated title), a remake of the Chinese hit Saving Mr. Wu, as his return to the silver screen. The box office magnet was recently on screens in the acclaimed Cannes-screened drama The Spy Gone North (2018) last summer, but hasn’t been on a film set since July 2017. Should he take on the lead role, HWANG would end his well-earned break this spring as production is schedule to get underway in May.

    Released in 2015, the original Saving Mr. Wu stared Andy LAU as a Hong Kong star kidnapped by a gang of ruthless criminals. The film earned over USD 31 million at the box office. Were HWANG to confirm his appearance in the project, it would see him reunite with the production company Filmmaker R & K, which was behind previous films the star has featured in, such as the RYOO Seung-wan titles The Unjust (2010), Veteran (2015) and The Battleship Island (2017).

    HWANG was set to return in the upcoming space drama Return, which would have seen him reunite with his Ode to My Father (2014) director JK YOUN and co-star with KIM Hye-soo, but that project has been put on hold as the script undergoes further development. During his time away from film production, HWANG has been busy on the stage, appearing in ‘Richard the 3rd’ last year and scheduled to be on stage later this month in ‘Oedipus’.
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