Actor Lee Byung-hun is proving his bankability as an international movie star. The Seoul native has landed another Hollywood role!
According to media sources, Lee has been chosen for the role of Billy Rocks in the remake of the 1960s western The Magnificent Seven.
The original movie revolved around a group of seven assassins who protected a Mexican town from outlaws. However, reports have surfaced that the remake will centre around a mining town that has been taken over by a gold baron.
The film will be directed by Antoine Fuqua who helmed Olympus Has Fallen and last year’s blockbuster, The Equalizer.
The South Korean actor is slated to work alongside Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio, just to name a few.
This will be Lee’s fifth Hollywood project. He starred in G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra and its sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation, RED 2 and the upcoming summer movie, Terminator Genisys.
Meanwhile, in other Korean entertainment news, SM Entertainment has expressed its intent to mend a fractured relationship with Tao, a member of K-pop boy band EXO, amid rumours that the 22-year-old singer would quit the 10-member group.
“Lately, we were in the middle of discussing with Tao and his father the possibility of continuing his music career in China, so we feel unfortunate that this kind of letter was posted online,” said EXO’s label SM Entertainment in an official statement.
“Nevertheless, our company is seeking ways to develop (a relationship) with Tao and his dad.”
The agency’s statement came after Tao’s father posted a letter on Chinese portal Weibo suggesting the possibility of Tao’s departure.
On the other hand, Tao has yet to provide details on his current status in the group. The young idol was allegedly spotted at the Beijing airport boarding a flight to the United States last week.