There’s plenty of exciting news from the world of K-pop, K-drama and Korean cinema this week. First, it has finally been confirmed that Park Seo-joon will be joining a Marvel movie, while director Lee Chang-dong has been appointed as the jury president of the upcoming Asian Film Awards in Busan.
In music news, Blackpink’s Lisa shares her thoughts on her solo debut, while NCT 127 and 2PM both release new tracks and music videos. And perhaps it comes as no surprise, but BTS’ Butter has been named song of the summer.
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1. Park Seo-joon is confirmed to star in upcoming Marvel movie
After months of speculation, it’s finally been confirmed that Park Seo-joon will be joining the cast of the upcoming Marvel movie, The Marvels. His agency, Awesome ENT, says that the actor is “taking on [a] new challenge with the movie” and will reveal the details at a later date. He was seen leaving for the UK for filming.
His role has not yet been revealed, but fans speculate he will play Amadeus Cho, also known as Brawn, a Korean American character from the comics who is said to be the seventh smartest person on Earth and possess Hulk-like powers.
With this announcement, Park becomes the third Korean actor to star in a Marvel film, following Claudia Kim as Dr Helen Cho in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ma Dong-seok as Gilgamesh in this autumn’s Eternals.