Lead star of the South Korean survival drama Squid Game Lee Jung jae will see his directorial debut premiere at the Midnight Screening section of the Cannes Film Festival. Lee Jung jae has been a household name in South Korea since the late 1990s but it wasnt until he starred as Seong Gi hun in Netflixs Squid Game that he rose to international stardom. His Squid Game role earned Lee nominations at the Critics Choice Awards the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes where the actor picked up wins from everything but the Globes. Much to fans enthusiasm Netflix has already confirmed Squid Game season 2 with Lee returning to reprise his role and Hwang Dong hyuk returning as the series showrunner.
According to Variety Lee will have his directorial debut as well as his feature length film debut with the premiere of his Korean language film Hunt Namsun at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. Lee also stars in the film alongside another South Korean acting veteran Jung Woo sung. Hunt will premiere out of competition during the Midnight Screening Section of the festival along with Quentin Dupieuxs French language comedy Fumer Fait Tousserby and Scott Morgens psychedelic documentary Moonage Daydream about the late David Bowie. The festival runs from May 17 to May 28 in Cannes France. However Hunts midnight premiere date is still unknown.
Lee bought the rights to Hunt storys and re wrote the script along with a co writer to create an intense spy thriller. The film follows two elite agents working for the Agency for National Security Planning to find a North Korean spy but in the process are forced to confront the dark truths of their own country. Hunt is likely to feature some scathing political commentary while also managing to enthrall audiences with the thrilling action sequences that define the spy genre. After Hunts premiere at Cannes it will be up to a distributor to pick up the film and find a way to share the work of Squid Game star and newly minted writer director Lee Jung jaes work with the rest of the world.