Bong Joon Ho — the talented director behind Snowpiercer, The Host, and Mother — has a new creature feature coming out on Netflix this summer: Okja (also the name of the creature). And now, Entertainment Weekly has shared the first official stills from Okja, as well as storyboards of a climactic sequence.
In the film, a young South Korean girl named Mija (played Ahn Seo-hyun) befriends Okja, a very shy and introverted animal. While trying to keep a powerful, multi-national company from abducting her new friend, Mija and Okja end up traveling to New York City. Somewhere along the way, they also encounter Red, a redheaded animal rights activist played by Lily Collins.
“Red is part of a group of animal rights activists that figure into the story,” Joon-ho told EW. “On Wall Street, it’s the heart of capitalism. On the surface is a story about an animal, but it’s essentially a story about capitalism.”
Okja was written by Bong and Jon Ronson (Frank) and follows Mija (Seohyun An), a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named 'Okja.'
The cast also includes Devon Bostick (The 100), Lily Collins (To The Bone), Byun Heebong (The Host), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook), Yoon Je Moon (Mother), Choi Wooshik (Set Me Free) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead).
Okja is produced by Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company, and stars Tilda Swinton (Hail, Caesar!, Moonrise Kingdom), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Everest) and Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) in a bold, global adventure.
Okja arrives on Netflix this summer.