You know, if Korean actor Byung Hun Lee (“A Bittersweet Life”) was ever officially confirmed as playing Storm Shadow in Stephen Sommers’ “G.I. Joe”, I must have missed it. The actor was rumored to be in the film, but now, Paramount Pictures has sent out a press release saying that he’s not just rumored, but he’s been cast and has just completed his first day of shooting on the movie. No, seriously. Paramount actually released a press release just to tell us this.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif., March 18 /PRNewswire/ — On March 13, prominent Korean film and television actor Byung Hun Lee, one of Asia’s top stars, completed his first day of principal photography as Storm Shadow in Paramount Pictures’ action adventure “G.I. JOE.” He joins the ensemble cast that includes Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Ray Park, Said Taghmaoui, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans and Dennis Quaid.
As big in his native land as he is in other parts of Asia, including Japan, Lee started his acting career in 1991 with the Korean television drama “Asphalt, My Hometown.” Since then, he has appeared in several television dramas including “Tomorrow Love,” “Police,” “Son of Wind,” “White Knight 3.98,” “Happy Together,” “Beautiful Days” and “All In.”
Among his feature film credits are Kim Jee Woon’s “A Bittersweet Life,” Park Chan Wook’s “Three Extremes,” “Everybody has Secrets,” “Addiction,” “Bungee Jumping of their Own” and Park Chan Wook’s “Joint Security Area.” This year he will star in two films, Kim Jee Woon’s “The Good, the Bad, and the Weird” and Tran Anh Hung’s “I Come with the Rain.”
Storm Shadow, one of the most popular characters in the G.I. JOE universe, has a dark and complex history. He was trained by the same Ninja master as Snake Eyes, a member of the elite G.I. JOE team, but now fights against him.
Dude. Ray Park vs. Byung Hun Lee. Snake Eyes vs. Storm Shadow, respectively. Dig it.