South Korean actor Park Seo-Joon’s talent agency officially confirms the actor’s involvement in Nia DaCosta’s upcoming MCU film, The Marvels.
Parasite Star Park Seo-Joon officially joins the Marvel Studios cast Wonders, according to his agency. Rumors of the South Korean actor’s involvement in the film began circulating several months ago, but had not been confirmed until this week. The film itself will serve as a sequel to the 2019 Captain Marvel film and will expand on Carol Danvers’ (Brie Larson) story, while also adding Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and MCU newcomer Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) to the mix.
Park himself is one of the most recognizable actors working in South Korea today. English-speaking audiences will likely recognize him for his role in Bong Joon-Ho’s 2019 film Parasite, where he played Min: The English Tutor who initially lends Ki-Woo (Choi Woo-Shik) his tutoring job, which essentially serves as a trigger incident for the entire movie. However, Korean audiences will know Park from a variety of Korean dramas as well as his numerous sponsorship deals that replicate the actor’s image nationwide. Now, it looks like the actor is officially heading to the MCU.
According to Naver News (Going through Seoul’s History), Park’s talent agency, Awesome Entertainment, confirmed that the actor left South Korea to shoot for Wonders. However, Park’s specific role in the film is still tightly under wraps. The agency said it was “unable to reveal further details” for the moment. Check out the announcement below:
Initial rumors surrounding Park’s involvement in the film have since sparked fan speculation about who he might star. When it comes to Marvel Comics characters with Korean ancestry, Amadeus Cho is the first to come to mind for many fans. Amadeus is a newer character in Marvel lore who adopts the mantle of the “Totally Awesome Hulk” after gaining gamma-radiated powers from Bruce Banner. The character’s mother, Helen Cho (Claudia Kim), was actually already introduced to the MCU in 2015 Age of Ultron. However, given Kim’s young age (and conversely, Park’s relatively older age), it’s unlikely he’ll be able to portray his son in the upcoming film.
It doesn’t matter who Park will play in Wonders, it’s nonetheless exciting to see more South Korean actors making their way into the MCU. Claudia Kim was the first, and Train to Busan Ma Dong-Seok (aka Don Lee) will be the second, making his debut as Gilgamesh in Chloé Zhao’s upcoming film. Eternals. The MCU’s global reach provides Marvel Studios with the opportunity to attract acting talent from all corners of the globe, rather than the same group of faces that have become Hollywood staples. It’s good to see Disney finally taking advantage of this opportunity.
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Source: Naver News (via History of Seoul)
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