Lee Joon Gi joins zombie flick for Hollywood debut
KOREAN actor Lee Joon Gi, of The King And The Clown fame, is set to make his Hollywood debut in the sci-fi horror blockbuster Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
According to a local news report, Lee is currently in South Africa shooting the film, the sixth and last instalment in the Resident Evil live-action series, said The Korea Herald.
Sony Pictures confirmed his casting on Monday, reported Variety.
He will be playing the role of Commander Lee from the Umbrella Corporation, the organisation at the root of the zombie outbreak in the film series, which is based on Capcom's popular survival horror video games of the same name. The first movie in the series was released in 2002.
Last Friday, actress Milla Jovovich, who portrays Alice, the heroine of the Resident Evil movies, posted a picture of Lee and herself on her Instagram account with the caption: "Working for the last few nights with the incredible 3rd Dan Tae Kwon Do master and actor Joon Gi."
She added that Lee "has been insanely fun and so inspiring". "Makes me want to go back to class and brush up on my martial arts skills!"
Lee, 33, rose to fame as an effeminate clown in the 2005 Korean period drama, The King And The Clown. He has since appeared in many TV series and films, most recently as a scholarly vampire in MBC's Scholar Who Walks The Night.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter began filming in Cape Town, South Africa in August and is set to premiere in January 2017 in the United States.