Korean actor Lee Byung-hun to star and produce American movie ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’


South Korean actor Lee Byung-hun arrives for the screening of the film 'Bi-Sang-Seon-Eon" (Emergency Declaration) at the 74th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on July 16, 2021. Photo: AFP

Popular South Korean actor Lee Byung-hun is set to star and produce in Netflix film I Believe In A Thing Called Love.

The film is based on Korean American author Maureen Goo’s young adult romance of the same name.

It centres on teenager Desi who sets out to get a boyfriend by using the logic she’s seen in K-dramas, where the heroine somehow ends up in the arms of her true love by Episode 10.

Lee will be playing the teen’s father, who is the real fan of K-dramas in Desi's family

The 51-year-old singer-actor has actively worked in South Korea and Hollywood.

He made his Hollywood debut in 2009 as Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe: The Rise Of The Cobra. His other American films include The Magnificent Seven and Terminator Genisys.

Writer Goo tweeted: “This is the news that matters to my mother: I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE going to Netflix, adapted by the amazing @YulinKuang, produced by A-Major, & starring and produced by Lee Byung-hun! I grew up with K dramas so this is unreal."

Lee recently attended the 2021 Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of the Korean disaster flick Emergency Declaration, which he stars alongside actors Song Kang-ho and Yim Si-wan.

He was also chosen to close the festival’s 12-day run in the Grand Theatre Lumiere at the Palais Des Festivals.

Next up for Lee is another Korean disaster film, Concrete Utopia (working title), which also features top Korean stars Park Seo-joon and Park Bo-young.

Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news of Lee's involvement in I Believe In A Thing Called Love.

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