Filming is underway for director Lee Byeong Heon’s new movie, ‘Dream’ / Photo: Megabox Plus M

Lee Byeong Heon, director of the blockbuster film Extreme Job which drew in over 16 million moviegoers, has started shooting for his much-anticipated follow-up film, Dream (working title). The movie, which began production on May 7, stars Park Seo Jun and IU in lead roles, and features a supporting cast that includes Kim Jong Soo, Ko Chang Seok, Jung Seung Kil, Lee Hyun Woo, Yang Hyun Min, Heo Joon Seok, and Lee Hanee. 

Dream bills itself as a delightful drama about a soccer player, faced with the biggest crisis of his playing career, going to the Homeless World Cup along with a crew of unusual players who have never kicked a soccer ball before in their lives.

Park Seo Jun, who has starred in a string of hits both on the silver screen (The Divine Fury, Midnight Runners, The Beauty Inside) and the small screen (Itaewon Class, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?), will be playing Yoon Hong Dae, a professional soccer player who ends up becoming suspended after being involved in an unexpected incident. Although Hong Dae is half-forced into becoming a coach for a soccer team that has been thrown together, as time passes, he begins sincerely trusting and leading his players.

IU, who has been getting recognition for her solid acting skills in dramas such as Hotel del Luna and My Mister, and the Netflix original movie Persona, will be playing the role of Lee So Min, a television producer who dreams of hitting it big by making a documentary of Yoon Hong Dae’s soccer team. Dream marks the first time IU will be sharing a screen with Park So Jun, and is also the first commercial film for the solo singer.

The film also features a strong supporting cast. Kim Jong Soo has been cast for the role of Kim Hwan Dong, the spiritual leader of the soccer team; playing the role of mood maker Jeon Hyo Bong is actor Ko Chang Seok; Jung Seung Kil will be playing team troublemaker Son Bum Soo; cast for the role of the team’s timid ace, Kim In Sun, is Lee Hyun Woo; Yang Hyun Min will play Jeon Mun Soo, the emotional and aggressive goalkeeper; and Hong Wan Pyo will be playing the role of Young Jin, a character who prefers physical activity to intellectual pursuits. The ensemble is made complete with the addition of Heo Joon Seok, who will be playing  the team’s director Hwang In Guk, and Lee Hanee, who will be on hand to play Byung Sam, a member of the documentary crew. 

During the table-read for the film, the energy and chemistry between the actors prompted non-stop laughter. “This is a film that I’ve been working on for a long time, so it’s very meaningful to me. We’ve gathered a group of excellent actors, and I’m looking forward to working with them,” revealed director Lee Byeong Heon. “I’m excited and looking forward to the time I’ll spend as Hong Dae. I’ll be working hard to make sure that we can present a good film to audiences,” said Park Seo Jun. IU, who was also asked to share her thoughts on joining the project, explained, “I’m approaching it with a sense of excitement and responsibility, as this is my first feature-length film. I’m happy to be working with my senior colleagues, who I have a lot to learn from and who are always so warm, my fellow cast members, and also the crew members.”

Dream is expected to hit theaters in 2021.