Bong’s Monster Film Nabs Huge U.S. Cast

Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald have joined “Snowpiercer” helmer Bong Joon-ho’s Korean monster movie “Okja” which Netflix and Plan B are co-producing.

The film is one of the first features in Asia to be backed by Netflix which is expected to launch in South Korea in 2016. Talking about the project, Bong tells Variety that the film has a monster named Okja but he’s not that scary:

“It is a bulky animal, but with a mild and kind spirit. The film is about a warm friendship between a country girl and a brute with stories. To me, the crazy world surrounding Okja and the girl looks more like a monster. I want to depict the two characters’ bizarre journey and adventure across the tough world in an original fashion.”

Bong confirms that he has both complete creative freedom and a bigger budget than that of “Snowpiercer” which had a $40M budget. The film is currently in pre-production ahead of a shoot that will begin in April next year and span locations in Korea and the U.S.