After Park Seo-joon, actors Ma Dong-seok, Lee Jae-in, Hong Kyung join ‘Concrete Kingdom’ universe
The upcoming, star-studded Korean film ‘Concrete Utopia’ already has a sequel in the works! The production house, Climax Studio, incharge of the film's production has announced that the film starring Park Seo-joon, Park Bo-young as well as Lee Byung-hun is going to be turned into a new Korean cinematic universe. So far, all we know is that the film and its sequel, ‘Concrete Utopia 2’, will belong to the 'Concrete Kingdom' universe and that there will be K-dramas set in the same world.
‘Concrete Utopia’ will star actors Park Seo-joon, Lee Byung-hun, and Park Bo-young and will be a disaster-thriller directed by Um Tae-hwa. The film is based on part two of the webtoon ‘Pleasant Bullying,’ which is about an earthquake and its destructive aftermath. The filming schedule for the first installment of the series was completed in August 2021. Work on ‘Concrete Utopia 2’ has started too, even before the release of part one. The sequel film will also be a dystopian action film that deals with a story long after the events depicted in ‘Concrete Utopia’. Not only that, after the two movies, the makers have announced that there will be a slew of K-dramas being produced, based on the same universe. The first K-drama that will be released is 'Concrete Market'.
Ma Dong-seok joins ‘Concrete Utopia 2’
With the production of ‘Concrete Utopia 2’ starting in November 2021, more and more actors have made announcements about being cast in this new age Korean dystopian universe. On December 27, it was announced that Ma Dong-seok — best known for his appearance on ‘Train to Busan’ — will also join the cast of ‘Concrete Utopia 2’. The second part of the ‘Concrete Utopia’ series depicts the story of what happens as people gather in the Imperial Palace Apartments, the only remaining apartment complex in Seoul, in the aftermath of a great earthquake.
Ma Dong-seok, who showed off his acting prowess in the 2021 Marvel movie ‘The Eternals’ will also appear in a series of movies like ‘The Roundup’ ‘Crime City 2’ and ‘Apgujeong Report’ as well as ‘Holy Night: Demon Hunters’ which will release in early 2022. ‘Concrete Utopia 2’ is scheduled to start filming in the first half of next year after the main cast has been finalized.
'Concrete Kingdom' universe's first K-drama
The first part of the series, ‘Concrete Utopia’ is currently in post-production and is set to release in the year 2022. But that is not all, ‘Concrete Utopia’ is expanding into a whole new universe with the addition of a new K-drama, ‘Concrete Market’. According to Lotte Entertainment, the K-drama ‘Concrete Market,’ just like ‘Concrete Utopia 2’ has shortlisted a number of actors for the show.
Actor Lee Jae-in who is best known for her appearance in the K-drama ‘Racquet Boys’ will join the K-drama, ‘Concrete Market’. Not only her, the show will also feature Hong Kyung who was last seen in K-dramas like ‘While You Were Sleeping’, ‘School 2017’, ‘Hotel Del Luna’ and ‘D.P’, among other supporting roles. In ‘Concrete Market’, he will play a main lead role. Other actors who have already been cast in the show are Yoo Soo-bin, Kim Gook-hee, Choi Jung-woon and Jung Man-shik, all of whom will play supporting characters.