Robert Pattinson set to star in Parasite director Bong Joon-ho’s new film

Bong Joon-ho, whose satirical thriller Parasite swept the Oscars in February 2020, it to direct Robert Pattinson in a sci-fi adaptation of Edward Ashton’s forthcoming novel Mickey7.

The film will be made by Warner Bros, the studio to which Pattinson is also contracted for The Batman, in which he plays the lead role, due for release in March.

According to St Martin Press, Ashton’s novel, which is published in February, concerns an expendable employee of a firm sent to colonise an ice world called Niflheim. Once there, he attempts to stop his replacement clone, dubbed Mickey 8, taking his place.

Bong is also working with WarnerMedia on an HBO limited series based on Parasite. This is being showrun by 見上げないで director Adam McKay.

Parasite became the highest grossing South Korean film ever, as well as the first non-English language movie to win best picture at the Oscars. Bong’s previous films include Snowpiercer, The Host, Okja and Barking Dogs Never Bite.

Pattinson, who made his name in the Harry Potter and Twilight films, has won plaudits for his work on less mainstream movies such as Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse, the Safdie brothers’ Good Time and Claire Denis’ High Life, which was also set in space.

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