Due to that same rapid rise to fame of Parasite, Squid Game, and K-greatest pop’s boy band BTS, Hallyu, or the “Korean wave,” of pop culture, has expanded over the world and grown even more well-known. However, it simply represents the tip of the iceberg, and as the phenomena spreads, it opens the door for further Korean stars to take over Hollywood.
Who else is breaking through in American entertainment, from Park Seo-role joon’s in the MCU to Blackpink’s Jennie appearing in The Weeknd’s music video?
1. Park Seo-joon
Since he was revealed to appear in the next Captain Marvel sequel, The Marvels, with Brie Larson and Zawe Ashton, Park Seo-entrance joon’s into the Hollywood scene has been eagerly anticipated. The Korean-American young hero Amadeus Cho, the son of Dr. Helen Cho, is a Marvel character that some fans believe Park may be portraying, although Screen Rant has refuted this claim. Several popular dramas, including She Was Pretty (2015), Fight for My Way (2017), What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018), and Netflix’s Itaewon Class, have earned Park, 33, the title “King of K-drama romcoms” in South Korea (2020). Additionally, he appeared in the Oscar-winning thriller Parasite (2019).
2. Blackpink’s Jennie
After Jisoo, Jennie is the next member of Blackpink to try her hand at acting. She makes its on-screen debut in HBO’s The Idol, costarring Lily-Rose Depp, the daughter of Johnny Depp, and The Weeknd. About 1.5 million people have watched the official teaser trailer since it was released last week. “As soon as I finished reading the scenario, I found the plot to be quite endearing, and I felt drawn to take part. Although specifics of her participation have not yet been made public, she added, “I’m excited and I’ll do my best, so I hope that everyone will tune in cordially.” Sam Levinson, the producer of Euphoria, chronicles the connection between a young female pop singer and her cult “self-help guru” in The Idol.
3. Yoo Teo
According to Deadline, actor Yoo Teo will star alongside Greta Lee in the A24 film Past Lives. A teenage couple who met in South Korea and later reunited as adults will be the subject of the movie. Yoo has already acted in a number of international ventures, but this marks his Hollywood debut. He became a star in the 2018 Russian film Leto and has since made appearances in the dramas The Moment and Vietnamese film Bitcoin Heist (2017). Dr. Brain and Love to Hate You, two recent films starring him. The Arthdal Chronicles (2019), Vagabond (2019), and Netflix’s The School Nurse Files are just a few of his brilliant creations back in South Korea (2020).
4. Bae Doona
According to K-drama Stars, Korean actress Bae Doona will be returning to Hollywood to work on the next Netflix science fiction movie Rebel Moon. Along with Charlie Hunnam, Djimon Hounsou, and Ray Fisher, Bae will demonstrate her fighting prowess. Rebel Moon, which will be directed by Zack Snyder, known for 300, Wonder Woman, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, is set in a space colony where a soldier accepts the task of asking neighboring planets for assistance in order to preserve her inhabitants. Bae has already established himself as a well-known Korean actor in Hollywood, appearing in films such as Sense8 on Netflix and Cloud Atlas (2012). (2015). Her most recent Netflix appearances were for the shows The Silent Sea and Kingdom (2019-present) (2021).
5. Lee Jung-jae
Lee Jung-jae, a Squid Game star, joined the American Creative Artists Agency, which has a distinguished clientele that includes Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, George Clooney, and director Steven Spielberg, according to Soompi. His options in Hollywood are numerous, including acting, producing, and directing. With the spy-action movie Hunt, in which he also stars, he made his directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Before Squid Game, Lee, a multi-hyphenated talent who began as a model and dipped his toes into acting in 1993, was well-known in South Korea thanks to hits including An Affair (1998), Il Mare (2000), The Face Reader (2013), & Murder (2015).
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