Lee Joon Ki heads to Hollywood for the latest Resident Evil film
Lee Joon Ki is making the move to Hollywood! The talented actor accepted a role in the latest installment of the Resident Evil franchise, and he is already busy filming in South Africa with series star Milla Jovovich.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the sixth film in the popular zombie series, though I'm inclined to believe that "final chapter" probably won't be final if the film makes enough money. The series follows Alice (Milla Jovovich) in her battle against the powerful Umbrella Corporation, which caused a zombie apocalypse. In this installment, Alice returns to Raccoon City to stop Umbrella Corporation from destroying the remaining apocalypse survivors.
Lee Joon Ki will play Umbrella Corporation's Commander Lee. The actor is currently filming in Cape Town, South Africa, and he's already impressing his costars! Milla Jovovich posted a selfie with Lee Joon Ki to her Instagram account on October 17. The caption reads, "Working for the last few nights with the incredible 3rd Dan Tae Kwan Do master and actor Joon Gi @actor_jg has been insanely fun and so inspiring. Makes me want to go back to class and brush up on my martial arts skills! #nightshoots #residentevilthefinalchapter #capetowndiary."
Today, Lee Joon Ki posted a photo with costars Ali Larter and Fraser James on his own Instagram:
While I have to admit that it's a little sad to see Joon Ki cast in the stereotypical action villain role for his Hollywood debut, they certainly couldn't have picked a better guy for the job! Joon Ki is known for doing most of his own stunts, so it's no wonder that his Taekwondo skills impressed Milla Jovovich. Additionally, even if the Resident Evil franchise isn't exactly critically acclaimed, the films tend to do well at the box office. Hopefully introducing a wide audience to the beauty that is Lee Joon Ki will open up more roles for him and other Korean actors in the future.
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is currently planned for a January 2017 release.
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