It’s been one month since the TV adaptation of the Korean smash film Parasite has been confirmed. Perhaps, now’s the perfect time for us to know who’d star the much-awaited thriller-comedy series. So here are some updates!
As of now, two stars have reportedly been lined up to play the lead roles and one of those is the Academy award-winning actress Tilda Swinton. According to The Illuminerdi, the project has already cast Swinton to take the female lead role even before the rumors began taking the internet.
Reports also said Swinton will portray Chung-sook, the mother of the Kim family who ends up becoming a maid in the household, portrayed by Jang Hye-jin in the original film. In fact, she has already worked with Parasite director Bong Joon Ho on his films Snowpiercer and Okja.
Previously, Swinton has shared her admiration for the Korean director as well as their friendship. “I fell for his cinema long before I met him, but when we met, we very quickly became friends, inside and outside of making work together.”
“It is this, naturally, that makes cooking things up together so enjoyable for me: to be specific, I think we share a glee in amusing each other which makes for a very light working atmosphere,” she adds.
Mark Ruffalo in talks to star in Parasite TV series
Meanwhile, rumors have also surfaced that Avengers star Mark Ruffalo will also star in this series.
According to scooper Jeff Sneider via Collider, ‘multiple sources’ say that the project is eyeing on Ruffalo to take the lead role, although this remains as a rumor as of now. Reports also said it looks like he’ll be playing the role of Kim Ki-Taek. Ki-Taek is the father of the Kim family who ends up becoming a driver of the wealthy Park family, portrayed by Kang Ho-Song in the film.
To answer the rumor, HBO said the Parasite series “is in the early stages of development, and to speculate on any characters or casting is wildly premature.”
Previously, the Avengers star shared how he was amazed by Bong. “His speech last night was incredible he made an amazing movie and I’d be honored to be able to play something in that. It’s so beautiful. You know how it is nowadays, nothing’s done until it’s done but maybe one day. It’d be cool to be a part of.”
In fact, Parasite was the first non-English language film to win an Oscar in its history for 92 years. It also dominated this year’s Academy Awards, winning the Best International Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture.
The film follows the life of penniless Kim clan who disguised as professionals to secure a job for the wealthy Park family. Ultimately, they ended up with deadly consequences which make the film dark comedy-thriller.
Meanwhile, Bong will remain as the series’ director with Succession‘s director Adam McKay as executive producer. As of this writing, no announcement has been made for its official release date.
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