“Squid Game” actor Lee Jung-jae will reprise his role as a manic killer in the TV series “Ray” from the 2020 Korean action-horror film “Delivered Us From Evil”.
Korean media sources report that Lee will star in and co-produce the series through his own artist studio company and that “Delivered Us From Evil” producer Hive Media has been contacted for more information.
In the original film, Hwang Jung-min played In-nam, a former black ops agent who travels to Thailand to investigate a kidnapping. And now Lee Jung-jae will be seen representing the role.
There he is followed by Lee Jung-jae’s character Ray, a Korean-Japanese crook whose brother was killed by In-nam. Both heavily tattooed and hottie, Ray embarks on a bloody rampage for revenge.
“Ray” is enticingly expected to develop the evil Ray’s back story, establishing how he became such a ruthless assassin and pits him against other villains from around the world.
Ace cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo – whose credits include “Parasite”, “Broker”, “Burning”, “Snowpiercer” and “The Wailing” – will take the reins of “Delivered Us From Evil” and serve as director of photography will do. ,
Pre-production is reported to begin in 2023. no streaming platform escort has been announced so far.
“Delivered Us From Evil” was released in August 2020 during a break in Korea’s pandemic lockdown measures and grossed an impressive $28.9 million from 4.36 million viewers.
Lee is currently riding high as director-producer and star of “Hunt,” a 1980s spy drama that debuted at Cannes.
The film received a mixed response at Cannes, with many foreign critics calling it confusing. Lee has since re-cut it for international audiences, with a new version set to play in Toronto.
Korean audiences have had no such problems with inter-Korean complications and have topped the film at the theatrical box office for the past two weekends. Since its August 10 release, it has earned $26 million in gross revenue from 3.35 million ticket sales.
Lee Jung-jae recently became the first Asian artist to win the Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Drama award at the 2022 Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards. He is also associated with the second season of “Squid Game”.