Liam Neeson has signed on to play General Douglas MacArthur in Operation Chromite, a Korean War drama about the Battle of Inchon.
South Korean production company Taewon Entertainment is producing, with John H. Lee (a.k.a. Lee Jae-Han) directing and Lee Man-hee writing the script. The two previously worked together in 2010 on another Korean War drama, 71: Into the Fire. Jeong Tae-won, the head of Taewon Entertainment, told Korean news agency Yonhap that Operation Chromite will begin production in South Korea in late September with a production cost of about $12 million.
“Operation Chromite” was the code name for the Battle of Inchon, a 1950 United Nations military operation planned and executed by MacArthur that helped reverse the tide of the Korean War. The film will focus on eight Korean troop members and their key role in the battle.
It’s fairly rare for Korean films to cast Hollywood actors, although there are a few exceptions, like last year’s Snowpiercer, an English-language thriller starring Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans. Other roles in Operation Chromite have yet to be cast, and the film is expected to be released in the first half of 2016.