Joe Taslim Joins Korean Period Drama, SWORDSMAN

Last year saw quite the needed breath of fresh air for fans of actor and martial artist Joe Taslim. For this, we currently await for things to culminate following the completion of Timo Tjahjanto’s solo debut at the helm, The Night Comes For Us, marking another progressive step forward for Taslim who shined in 2011 thriller, The Raid, and hasn’t held back on his career growth ever since with Justin Lin’s Furious 6 and Star Trek: Beyond under his belt.

Nowadays Taslim is adding to the scope of his prospects with the current production of director Choi Jae-hoon’s new period drama, Swordsman from Opus Pictures. Taslim will be joined by lead actor Jang Hyuk (Volcano High, The Flu, Empire Of Lust) for a story centered on a blind swordsman and his daughter amid the decline of the Ming Dynasty and rise of the Qing Empire. Also starring are Hyuk’s Ordinary Person co-stars Jung Man-sik and Choi Jin-ho, and with actor Ji Seung-hyun.

Opus Pictures’s recent successes include the 2010 thriller, The Man From Nowhere which is readying a Hollywood remake after John Abraham’s 2015 Hindi outing, Rocky Handsome, and Bong Joon-Ho’s 2013 sci-fi, Snowpiercer which has a TV series in the works for TNT starring Daveed Diggs.

(An earlier version of this article reported Paradigma Pictures as part of the production. Hat tip to the Paradigma Pictures Twitter account for the news tip)