First look at Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja

Tilda Swinton and Giancarlo Esposito in Okja

by James White |
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Unofficial set pictures can be the bane of a filmmaker's existence, especially one with a singular vision such as Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-Ho. So with pap snaps appearing to show the cast of his latest, Okja, he and backers Netflix have decided to be proactive, releasing the official image of Tilda Swinton and Giancarlo Esposito that adorns the top of this page.

Okja is a creature feature (an exciting prospect given the director's previous work on 2006's The Host) that finds a young woman named Mija (Seo-Hyeon Ahn) befriending the titular giant animal and trying to prevent a powerful, multi-national corporation from getting its ruthless paws on her pal.

Images of Okja itself have yet to appear, but the director describes it thus: "it is a bulky animal, but with a mild and kind spirit. The film is about a warm friendship between a country girl and a brute with stories. To me, the crazy world surrounding Okja and the girl looks more like a monster. I want to depict the two characters' bizarre journey and adventure across the tough world in an original fashion."

Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Lily Collins, Shirley Henderson and Steven Yeun are all in the cast for this one, which will premiere on Netflix (and in some cinemas in the States) next year.

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