Baek Jong-yeol (Beauty Inside) will direct a sequel for Netflix to Believer, Lee Hae-young’s 2018 reimagining of Johnnie To’s 2013 crime thriller, Drug War.
According to various trade reports here and abroad, actors Cho Jin-woong and Cha Seung-won will reprise their roles alongside a cast that additionally lists Han Hyo-joo (The Pirates 2), Oh Seung-hoon (KBS series Bloody Heart), Kim Dong-young (Boys) and actress Lee Joo-young (Tastes Of Horror).
In Believer, Cho starred as Won-ho, the scrappy, jaded leader of an anti-narc unit facing pressure from their superiors as he aims to bring an end to the criminal wave of the elusive Mr. Lee, played by Cha, with the help of a key witness, played by Ryu Jun-yeol. The new film will reunite both actors for a story that reteams Won-ho “with gang members who are not quite what they seem”, with the addition of actress Han in the role of “Big Sword”.
Per Variety‘s Patrick Frater, the film’s new director is expected to lend a different aesthetic to the sequel along with bigger action scenes and set pieces, with at least one major action sequence taking place at Yongsan Station. The film is also looking to offset a spin-off series according to the report.
Believer is currently available in the U.S. through Well Go USA and is also streaming on the company’s exclusive service, Hi-YAH.