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Yeo Jin-goo, Lee Jung-jae cast as prince, army leader in upcoming period flick

Actors Yeo Jin-goo and Lee Jung-jae have been cast for the upcoming movie “Opposition Forces” (tentative title), set to begin shooting on Sept. 5, Fox International Productions confirmed Thursday.

The film, set for release next year, chronicles the 1592 Japanese invasion of Korea, during which Crown Prince Gwanghae, played by Yeo, struggled to defend Joseon while King Seonjo fled to the Ming dynasty in China.

Lee will play the leader of the opposition forces, which served as soldiers in the place of civilians who did not want to fight. 

Actors Yeo Jin-goo (left) and Lee Jung-jae (Fox International Productions)
Actors Yeo Jin-goo (left) and Lee Jung-jae (Fox International Productions)

Both actors recently took up roles in period pieces. Yeo, 19, is playing a Joseon era prince in the drama series “Love in the Moonlight,” while Lee, 43, stars in the Korean War film “Operation Chromite,” which is currently in theaters.

The film will be directed by Jeong Yoon-cheol, whose previous works include “A Man Who Was Superman” (2008) and “Marathon” (2005).

A host of films starring Korean A-listers are to begin shooting in the coming months.

Park Shin-yang and Song Seung-heon are set to star in “My Wife,” about a man searching for his kidnapped wife, while Song Kang-ho, Ryu Seung-ryong and Jung Woo will star in “The Fifth Row,” which follows a military investigator as he uncovers a conspiracy.

Hyun Bin, Yoo Ji-tae and Park Sung-woong will star in “Kkun” (Conman), about a grand fraud scheme.

By Rumy Doo (