Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-ho is reuniting with Tilda Swinton for Netflix’s upcoming Okja, which begins filming Friday. Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano are also set to star in the film, a thriller about a young girl who tries to save her best friend — who happens to be a huge animal — from a powerful company.
“With Okja I want to show the beauty that can exist between man and animal, and also the horror between them,” Bong said in a statement.
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The film also stars Devon Bostick (The 100), Lily Collins (To the Bone), Byun Heebong (The Host), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook), Je Moon (Mother), Choi Wooshik (Set Me Free), and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead). Bong is producing alongside Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Doohoo Choi, and Woo-sik Seo.
Snowpiercer was Bong’s first English-language film, but the South Korean director previously found success in his home country with 2003’s Memories of Murder, 2006’s The Host, and 2009’s Mother. Okja is set to premiere on Netflix in 2017, and will also have a limited U.S. theatrical release.