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Lee Jung-jae cast as lead in new Star Wars series ‘The Acolyte’

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  • Lee Jung-jae (“Squid Game”) has been cast as the male lead in the new Star Wars series “The Acolyte.”
  • Amandla Stenberg will star alongside him, with Jodie Turner-Smith also joining the cast.
  • Disney Plus described the show in a 2020 announcement as a “mystery thriller that will take us into a galaxy of shadowy secrets and emerging Dark Side powers.”
  • Lee and his “Squid Game” co-star Jung Ho-yeon were also recently announced as presenters for the Primetime Emmy Awards scheduled for Monday.

Lee Jung-jae, who rose to international stardom for his role in Netflix’s “Squid Game,” is joining one of history’s biggest film franchises as the male lead in the new Star Wars series, “The Acolyte.” 

Lee will star alongside Amandla Stenberg, Deadline first reported. Jodie Turner-Smith (“Queen & Slim,” “Anne Boleyn”) was also announced as part of the cast for the Lucasfilm project.  

Lee Yoo-Mi becomes first Korean actor to win ‘Outstanding Guest Acting’ award at Creative Arts Emmys

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  • Lee Yoo-mi became the first Korean actor to win the Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Ji-yeong Yeung in “Squid Game.”
  • The ceremony for the Creative Arts Emmys precedes the Primetime Emmys, scheduled this year on Sept. 12, and honors the artistic and technical achievements in TV production.

Lee Yoo-mi became the first Korean actor to win the award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series at the 2022 Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday. 

Lee took home the accolade for her performance in “Squid Game” as Ji-yeong, a young woman who was recently released from prison after killing her abusive stepfather. 

Netflix releases official trailer for South Korean ‘Little Women’ series coming this weekend

  • Netflix released the official trailer for their South Korean adaptation of “Little Women,” which is set to premiere on Sept. 3.
  • Director Kim Hee-won spoke about the upcoming series in a virtual press conference on Monday, saying, “It took a long time to find these members, but they are the cast of ‘Little Women.’ I was simply honored to work with them.”
  • Netflix hinted at the way the modern-day adaptation deviates from its classic novel source material in a teaser trailer released earlier this month, which introduces three sisters instead of the novel’s four.
  • The Oh trio seize the opportunity to escape their life of poverty and end up finding themselves facing off against one of South Korea’s wealthiest families.

An official trailer for Netflix’s South Korean adaptation of “Little Women,” set to premiere this weekend, takes a new spin on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. 

Netflix has already hinted at how the modern-day adaptation deviates from its source material in a teaser trailer released earlier this month, which introduces three sisters instead of the novel’s four. 

Netflix releases trailer for docuseries ‘Thai Cave Rescue,’ a dramatized retelling of the 2018 incident

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  • Netflix released the first trailer for its upcoming docuseries “Thai Cave Rescue,” based on the real-life incident from 2018.
  • What was supposed to be a routine day of exploration turned into disaster for the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach when heavy rainfall and flooding trapped them all inside the underground Tham Luang Nang Non cave.
  • The rescue mission that ensued was an international effort, captivating the world until the last member was freed over two weeks later.
  • All six episodes of Netflix’s limited series were filmed entirely in Thailand, including on-location filming at the site of the incident.
  • The show’s logline promises to deliver "a deeper dive into this incredible rescue mission.”
  • “Thai Cave Rescue,” premieres on Netflix on Sept. 22.

Netflix released the first trailer for its upcoming docuseries “Thai Cave Rescue,” chronicling the harrowing incident that made international headlines in 2018 when 12 schoolboys and their soccer coach were trapped in the underground Tham Luang Nang Non cave.

What was supposed to be a routine day of exploration turned into disaster for the Wild Boars soccer team when heavy rainfall and flooding trapped them all inside the cave in June 2018. The rescue mission that ensued was an international effort, captivating the world until the last member was freed over two weeks later. 

Michelle Yeoh to receive the Toronto International Film Festival’s Groundbreaker Award

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  • Michelle Yeoh will receive the inaugural TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11 at Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
  • “Michelle Yeoh is the definition of groundbreaking. Her screen work has spanned continents, genres and decades. This year she delivered a performance in ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ that shows her limitless abilities,” TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey said in a statement.
  • The award goes to women leaders within the film industry who have made a positive impact for other women throughout their career.
  • Earlier this month, Yeoh became the first Asian artist to receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree from the American Film Institute (AFI)
  • Yeoh will also receive the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film from the Santa Barbara Film Festival on Dec. 9.

Michelle Yeoh will receive the inaugural TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. 

The “Everything Everywhere All at Once” star will be honored during the TIFF Tribute Awards, presented by BVLGARI, on Sept. 11 at Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The event serves as a fundraising gala to support TIFF’s Every Story fund, which aims to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in film.

Randall Park featured in first-look images at Netflix’s ‘Blockbuster’ comedy series

  • First-look images of Netflix’s upcoming workplace comedy series starring Randall Park were released on Friday.
  • The series follows Timmy Yoon (Park), who is described as an “analog dreamer living in a 5G world.”
  • Timmy and his staff fight to stay relevant after finding out that their Blockbuster location is the last one standing in the country.
  • The 10-episode series will be released on Netflix on Nov. 3.

Dancing on the grave of its predecessor, Netflix is releasing a new workplace comedy series titled “Blockbuster,” set in America’s very last Blockbuster store prior to the video rental company’s demise. 

First-look images of the upcoming show, starring Randall Park, were released on Friday. 

Netflix releases official trailer for highly anticipated crime-thriller series ‘Narco-Saints’

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  • Netflix has unveiled the official trailer for the upcoming Korean thriller-crime series “Narco-Saints,” starring Ha Jung-woo and Hwang Jung-min.
  • In “Narco-Saints,” Kang In-gu (Ha) is an entrepreneur who gets himself unwittingly involved in a drug smuggling operation while seeking out a business opportunity in Suriname and ends up being framed by the area’s powerful drug lord, Jeon Yo-hwan (Hwang).
  • The new trailer provides a glimpse into the series’ intense action sequences, leaving viewers on edge as the voice of Jeon is heard asking Kang: “Do we still have the goal in mind?”
  • “Narco-Saints” will be released on Netflix on Sept. 9.

Netflix has unveiled the official trailer for the upcoming star-studded Korean drama “Narco-Saints.”

Directed by Yoon Jong-bin, the crime-thriller is led by two of South Korea’s highest-grossing movie stars: Ha Jung-woo and Hwang Jung-min. The two are working together for the first time for the series but have individually worked with the director in his hit movies “Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time” and “The Spy Gone North,” respectively. 

New Korean horror series ‘Parasyte: The Grey’ underway at Netflix by Yeon Sang-ho of ‘Hellbound,’ ‘Train To Busan’ 

  • Yeon Sang-ho, the writer and director behind the Korean horror hits “Hellbound,” “Train To Busan” and “Peninsula,” is returning to Netflix with a new horror series based on a Japanese manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki. 
  • Ryu Yong-jae, a screenwriter for Netflix’s “Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area,” will also be working with Yeon on the script. 
  • While no date has been scheduled as of yet, the series will be released on Netflix globally.

A new Korean horror series “Parasyte: The Grey” is underway at Netflix with Yeon Sang-ho, the writer and director behind the Korean horror hits “Hellbound,” “Train To Busan” and “Peninsula,” attached to helm. 

The live-action series, produced by Climax Studio and Wow Point, is adapted from Hitoshi Iwaaki’s mega-popular sci-fi manga but is said to have a Korean spin on the original Japanese series. The latest project will see Yeon’s return to Netflix, having previously created the 2021 series “HellBound.”  Ryu Yong-jae, a screenwriter for Netflix’s “Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area” will also be working with Yeon on the script. 

Simu Liu takes on new villain role opposite Jennifer Lopez in upcoming Netflix film ‘Atlas’

  • Simu Liu is set to play the antagonist role opposite Jennifer Lopez in a new Netflix film titled “Atlas.”
  • Set in the future, the film follows a woman named Atlas as she fights to save the world from a rogue artificial intelligence soldier who’s made it their mission to wipe out all of humanity.

Simu Liu is trading up the 10 rings for far more villainous things. 

The actor, who made his superhero debut in the MCU’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” is now set to play the antagonist opposite Jennifer Lopez in a new Netflix film titled “Atlas,” Deadline reported. 

Korea’s ‘My Fellow Citizens!’ gets American remake titled ‘The Company You Keep’ starring Milo Ventimiglia

  • Milo Ventimiglia and Catherine Haena Kim are set to star in “The Company You Keep,” an American adaptation of the 2019 Korean spy drama “My Fellow Citizens!”
  • The original KBS drama starred Choi Si-won of the K-pop group Super Junior, along with Lee Yoo-young (Dr. Brain) and Kim Minjung (Mr. Sunshine).
  • Ventimiglia will take on the role of Charlie, a con-man who unknowingly endangers his line of work after a night of passion turns to romance with undercover CIA officer Emma (Kim).

The 2019 Korean spy drama “My Fellow Citizens!” is getting an American adaptation titled “The Company You Keep,” starring Milo Ventimiglia and Catherine Haena Kim.

ABC had originally ordered “The Company You Keep” to pilot before picking it up for a full season, reported Variety. It’s now slated to release midseason on ABC in 2023. 

American live-action adaptation of ‘Sailor Moon’ uncovered by YouTuber

  • YouTuber Ray Mona has uncovered the full pilot for an American live-action adaptation of “Sailor Moon” decades after it was made and scrapped in the 1990s.
  • Fans have been on the lookout for the full pilot ever since snippets of it were stitched together for a promotional music video shown at an anime expo and leaked online.
  • Mona, a lost media expert, obtained the footage from The Library of Congress and was given permission to upload it to her channel from Bandai America’s former president Frank Ward.
  • The adaptation was scrapped in 1995 in favor of an English-dubbed version of the original Japanese animation.

The full pilot for an American live-action “Sailor Moon” TV series has finally become available for public viewing decades after being scrapped in the 1990s. 

YouTuber Ray Mona uploaded the pilot to her channel as part of her two-part documentary chronicling the decades-long search for it. She obtained the footage from The Library of Congress and was given permission to upload it to her channel from Bandai America former President Frank Ward.