Star Lee Jung-jae's Directorial Debut for 'Squid Game' will be shown at Cannes

Star Lee Jung-jae's Directorial Debut for 'Squid Game' will be shown at Cannes ...

At this year's Film Festival, Lee Jung-jae, the breakout star of Netflix's smash-hit series, will unveil his directorial debut, Hunt, a Korean-language spy thriller set in the 1980s.

The film will feature new films from Park Chan-wook, David Cronenberg, and George Miller on May 17-28.

Hunt (aka Namsun) tells the story of two special agents in Korea's National Intelligence Service who are independently assigned with the same mission: to discover a North Korean mole within the agency. During the course of their investigations, the pair face to face with an unsavory truth, but must complete their own missions at any cost.

Lee directed and co-wrote the feature, in which he played one of the actors alongside fellow Korean lead actor Jung Woo-sung (Steel Rain, Reign of Assassins).

Lee has been a prolific screen star in South Korea since the 1990s, but his career shook new international levels last year when Squid Game became a runaway sport on Netflix and the streamer's most-watched show. For his starring performance as a dead-beat dad in a strange death game, Hwang Dong-hyuk has signed a deal with Netflix for a second season, which will begin by 2024.

Both Lee and Squid Game's breakout female lead, model-turned-actress Hoyeon, signed on with CAA shortly after the show became a phenomenon. Lee recently won a lead role in Alfonso Cuaron's upcoming Apple series Disclaimer, while Lee will play the lead in filmmaker Choi Dong-Hoon's (The Thieves) corporate crime thriller Wiretap, which is based on the 2009 Hong Kong film Overheard.

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