BY Adrienne Stanley | Jan 14, 2016 08:00 PM EST
"Veteran" director, Ryoo Seung Wan, confirmed actors Hwang Jung Min, So Ji Sub and Song Joong Ki as the stars of his next film, "Battleship Island" (Gun Ham Do).
On January 15 (KST), Sports Chosun and several other outlets confirmed the casting of the sought-after stars in the period movie, which is centered on the Japanese occupation of Korea.
"Battleship Island" tells the tale of 400 Korean citizens who attempt to flee after being forcibly drafted, during the tumultuous conflict.
The film is described as an untold tale that will garner interest in an important period of history.
Hwang Jung Min recently experienced a career surge, starring in the blockbusters, "Ode to My Father," "Veteran," and "The Himalayas."
Praised for his potential to become an international star, Hwang portrayed Seo Do Cheol, a hardboiled cop in pursuit of justice, in "Veteran," the critically-acclaimed film which reunited him with director Ryoo.
Hwang will lead the cast of "Battleship Island" as a captain who is deceived, after delivering the ship to Japan, in an effort to maintain the safety of his daughter.
Song Joong Ki, whose last film project was the supernatural hit, "A Werewolf Boy," marks his cinematic comeback with "Battleship Island." The movie follows his upcoming role in the highly anticipated KBS2 action drama, "Descendants of the Sun," where he stars as a U.N. peacekeeper.
In "Battleship Island," he leads of freedom fighters to infiltrate the warship and rescue leaders of the independence movement.
So Ji Sub, who recently completed the romantic comedy, "Oh My Venus, portrays a character with dark appeal, who uses crude force to get ahead. The movie marks his first major silver screen appearance since starring in the 2012 action thriller, "A Company Man."
"Battleship Island" is in the initial stages of shooting and is slated to premiere in 2017.
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