Byung Hun Lee Starts Shooting G.I. Joe

Paramount Pictures just released the following announcement, which looks to be targeted to the Asian press, as Hun Lee was already announced to be playing Storm Shadow back in January:

On March 13, prominent Korean film and television actor Byung Hun Lee, one of Asia’s top stars, completed his first day of principal photography as Storm Shadow in Paramount Pictures’ action adventure “G.I. JOE.” He joins the ensemble cast that includes Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Ray Park, Said Taghmaoui, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans and Dennis Quaid.

As big in his native land as he is in other parts of Asia, including Japan, Lee started his acting career in 1991 with the Korean television drama “Asphalt, My Hometown.” Since then, he has appeared in several television dramas including “Tomorrow Love,” “Police,” “Son of Wind,” “White Knight 3.98,” “Happy Together,” “Beautiful Days” and “All In.”

Among his feature film credits are Kim Jee Woon’s “A Bittersweet Life,” Park Chan Wook’s “Three Extremes,” “Everybody has Secrets,” “Addiction,” “Bungee Jumping of their Own” and Park Chan Wook’s “Joint Security Area.” This year he will star in two films, Kim Jee Woon’s “The Good, the Bad, and the Weird” and Tran Anh Hung’s “I Come with the Rain.”

Storm Shadow, one of the most popular characters in the G.I. JOE universe, has a dark and complex history. He was trained by the same Ninja master as Snake Eyes, a member of the elite G.I. JOE team, but now fights against him.

Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, whose previous collaboration was the worldwide blockbuster “TRANSFORMERS,” have reunited for another extraordinary action-adventure in “G.I. JOE.” From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. “G.I. JOE” is directed by Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns”) and will be released on August 7, 2009.

Byung Hun Lee is represented by the Endeavor Agency and managed by Charles Pak of BH Entertainment.

Source: Paramount Pictures