Korean star Don LEE (aka MA Dong-seok) has been gaining an international fan base ever since he appeared as the macho hero in YEON Sang-ho’s TRAIN TO BUSAN (2016) and soon the whole world will discover him as reports (first revealed by film news website The Wrap) indicate that he has been cast in an as yet undisclosed role in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film The Eternals. Other stars rumored to be joining the cast are Angelina JOLIE and Kumail NANJIANI.
LEE, who speaks English and worked as a physical trainer in America prior to his acting debut, has been an active presence on Korean screens since KIM Jee-woon’s The Good, The Bad, And The Weird (2008). Following a range of supporting parts in genre films such as Nameless Gangster : Rules of the Time (2012), he eventually graduated to leading man status and beyond TRAIN TO BUSAN some of his biggest films include THE OUTLAWS (2017) and last summer’s Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days. Next month, his latest film The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil will debut in the midnight section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Disney-Marvel’s MCU series is currently peaking with the release of their biggest film to date, Avengers: Endgame, which is breaking box office records around the world as it ties up the stories of the 21 films that preceded it. Phase 3 of the franchise, as it has been dubbed, is set to culminate with the release of Spider-Man: Far from Home this summer, following which The Eternals is expected to take its place as one of the titles of Phase 4.
Based on a Marvel comic series by Jack KIRBY started in the 1970s, The Eternals follows a race of superhuman beings that are described as an offshoot of the evolutionary process that created sentient life on Earth.