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Lee Byung-hun gets U.S. role

Mar 23,2015
Actor Lee Byung-hun will appear in the Hollywood film “Beyond Deceit,” according to his agency, BH Entertainment.

The movie is about a young lawyer fighting against a corrupt pharmaceutical company, who later finds himself becoming the subject of false accusations and a suspect in a murder case.

Joining Lee in the film will be Hollywood stars Al Pacino, Anthony Hopkins and Josh Duhamel.

BH Entertainment declined to reveal specific information involving Lee’s role in the upcoming film. “Because of the contract, it is hard for us to elaborate on Lee’s role and more details about Lee’s shooting schedules in Hollywood,” the agency said.

“Beyond Deceit” will be the directorial debut of Hollywood screenwriter Shintaro Shimosawa, who wrote “Repentance” (2013).

Lee is known to fly to Hollywood after being with his actress wife, Lee Min-jeong, for the birth of their baby in April.

The two married in 2013, but the actor was involved in a blackmail scandal with two women last August.

Lee and the women reportedly drank alcohol together at one of the two women’s houses and Lee used lewd language. The women recorded it and asked for 5 billion won ($4.4 million) from Lee in return for not publicly releasing the clip.

Because of the scandal in which Lee flirted with the two younger women, no release dates were scheduled last year for three films in which Lee starred.

A July release recently was announced for one of them - “Terminator Genisys” - but release dates for the two other films remain undecided.

BY SUNG SO-YOUNG


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