We’re still a few months away from Bong Joon-ho‘s new monster movie Okja, but the Snowpiercer director has already revealed his next project. The feature will be titled Parasite, and although not a great deal is known yet, it will “revolve around a family going through a disturbance,” according to Asian Wiki. Led by his previous collaborator Song Kang-ho (The Host, Memories of Murder), production will kick off in January for what sounds to be a more horror-focused outing perhaps, judging from the title. It is expected to be released in 2018.
Segueing to Okja, Netflix has released a trio of new images, which feature Mija (An Seo Hyun), who has cared for the titular creature in the film, as well as Tilda Swinton‘s CEO character of Lucy Mirando, and then there’s Jake Gyllenhaal as zoologist and TV personality Dr. Johnny Wilcox. While we’re still not sure what to expect, everyone involved looks to be having a great deal of fun — just look at that mustache. Also starring Paul Dano, Giancarlo Esposito, Steven Yeun, and Lily Collins, check out the images and new synopsis above and below.
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija (An Seo Hyun) has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja—a massive animal and an even bigger friend—at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when the family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend.
With no particular plan but single-minded in intent, Mija sets out on a rescue mission, but her already daunting journey quickly becomes more complicated when she crosses paths with disparate groups of capitalists, demonstrators and consumers, each battling to control the fate of Okja…while all Mija wants to do is bring her friend home.
Deftly blending genres, humor, poignancy and drama, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host) begins with the gentlest of premises—the bond between man and animal—and ultimately creates a distinct and layered vision of the world that addresses the animal inside us all.
Okja hits limited theaters and Netflix on June 28.