Lee Chang-dong’s new film is tentatively titled Burning.

Steven Yeun is set to star in a film based on Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood.

Inquirer reports that the film is tentatively titled Burning and will be directed by Lee Chang-dong.

The former Walking Dead actor will take on the lead role of Ben. “Steven Yeun’s bright and mysterious charm fits well with the character of Ben,” Lee said in a statement.

Based on Haruki Murakami’s 1987 Japanese novel Norwegian Wood, Lee’s film tells the tale of chaebol Ben, delivery man Jong-su and young Lady Hae-mi, according to Inquirer.

Yoo Ah-in is confirmed to play the role of Jong-su and Jeon Jong-seo will take on the role of Hae-mi.

Murakami’s original novel centres on the nostalgic love story of Toru Watanabe who developed relationships with Naoko and Midori – two very different women.

Filming began on 11 September with a release date of sometime early next year.

Yeun recently spoke up about racism in Hollywood and the pressures on Asian Americans, reflecting on his role in The Walking Dead.

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