Squid Game Star Lee Jung-jae’s Directorial Debut to Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival? Read On

‘Squid Game’ star Lee Jung-jae will be at the Cannes Film Festival 2022 that will make the world premiere of his feature directing debut film titled ‘Hunt’. The film will be presented next month at the festival’s Midnight Screening section, reports ‘Variety’. There are two other films that will also be receiving midnight screenings: ‘Fumer Fait Tousser’, by Quentin Dupieux and ‘Moonage Daydream’, by Scott Morgen. According to ‘Variety’, the bulk of the festival’s Official Selection was announced on Thursday at a press event in Paris.

‘Hunt’ is a 1980s-set Korean-language spy thriller that Lee got caught up in after buying the rights and rewriting the screenplay. Lee also stars in the picture alongside veteran Jung Woo-Sung. His role as an elite agent working for the Agency for National Security Planning sees him hunting for a North Korean spy, and becoming increasingly aware of his own country’s dark truths.

“Just because I’m doing the director’s job on this film doesn’t mean I’m going to be giving up acting. I still like acting the best and intend to focus on that,” he told Variety in October last year. Lee Jung-jae has been an established star in South Korea since the late 1990s and told Variety in October that not much had changed for him, and that he was not getting many calls from Hollywood. “No proposals or requests have come my way,” he told Variety, “If the right one came along, I’d be happy to be in overseas production. It could be fun.”

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Check out Lee Jung-jae in the Squid Game trailer:

But as the international success of ‘Squid Game’ snowballed and Lee collected multiple US awards, he picked up acting awards at the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards, he became the most bankable star in Korea.

‘Squid Game’ is now playing on Netflix.

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