|Actress Jun Jong-seo, who appeared in the films "Burning" and "Call" / Courtesy of Netflix|
By Dong Sun-hwa
Actress Jun Jong-seo, best known for her role in the 2018 movie "Burning," has inked a contract with United Talent Agency (UTA) in America in her bid to make Hollywood her next stage.
My Company, which manages Jun in Korea, made the announcement Tuesday, saying, "Jun will actively pursue her acting career in Hollywood under the name Rachel Jun."
UTA represents a legion of big-name stars, including Anthony Hopkins ― who won the best actor award at the 93rd Academy Award for his performance in the drama film, "The Father" (2021) ― Johnny Depp, Jessica Alba and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Jun lived in Canada before making her big screen debut in Korea with the thriller "Burning," which competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. It was directed by award-winning filmmaker Lee Chang-dong, who was also behind the success of "Peppermint Candy" (2000), "Oasis" (2002) and "Secret Sunshine" (2007).
In 2019, Jun was cast in "Mona Lisa and the Blood Man" ― a Hollywood film directed by Ana Lily Amirpour ― but its release date has not been disclosed. Last year, she appeared as a serial killer in the thriller "Call," which is now screening on Netflix. She is set to be featured in the Korean remake of Netflix's Spanish crime series, "Money Heist," as well as a movie tentatively titled, "We, Ja-young."