The cast of Bong Joon-ho’s upcoming untitled film includes Robert Pattinson, Naomi Ackie, Steven Yeun, Mark Ruffalo, and Toni Collette. The sci-fi thriller is based on the novel ‘Mickey7’ by Edward Ashton. It begins filming in the UK within the next few weeks.
According to the book’s publisher St. Martin Press, the high-concept cerebral thriller could be described as “The Martian” meets “Dark Matter.” It follows an “expendable” — a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Nifheim — who refuses to let his replacement clone, dubbed Mickey 8, take his place. Plot details for the movie have not been confirmed, and it’s not clear how closely Bong (who is also writing the screenplay) plans to stick to the source material.
The film is written and directed by Bong, and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Bong will also produce the upcoming film through his company Offscreen, along with Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner of Plan B and Dooho Choi of Kate Street Pictures. Peter Dodd will oversee on behalf of Warner Bros.
Bong said that he had been working on two scripts after completing Parasite, one in English and one in Korean and that he had finished one of the two. He said that the Korean film “is located in Seoul and has unique elements of horror and action” and that the English film is “a drama film based on a true event that happened in 2016.”