SEOUL, Korea—In a recent announcement, streaming giant, Netflix has confirmed the production of Black Knight, set to be helmed by director Cho Ui-seok, teaming up with a powerhouse lineup of Kim Woo-bin, Kang You-seok and E Som.
Based on a popular webtoon of the same title set in 2071, where people depend on respirator masks to breath. Only one percent of the human race have survived and a strict social stratification has been established in the desertified lands of the Korean Peninsula.
In this setting, delivery drivers play a crucial role within this system, and for refugees, becoming a delivery driver is their only hope for survival. Amid such chaos, Black Knight tells the story of a legendary delivery driver “5-8” with exceptional battle skills and a refugee “Sawol” who dreams of following in his footsteps.
The story has since garnered attention for its creative premise, winning the E-IP Award at the Asian Film Market, as it reimagines a familiar profession of delivery riders playing a significant role in the survival of the human race.
Kim Woo-bin. Image courtesy of Netflix.
Kim Woo-bin, who has mesmerized viewers in films such as Master, Twenty and The Con Artists and in dramas such as Uncontrollably Fond and Inheritors, performs the legendary delivery driver “5-8.” Anticipations are high for Black Night as Kim reunites with Cho for the first time following the blockbuster hit film Master.
Kang You-seok. Image courtesy of Netflix.
Sawol is a refugee boy and an admirer of “5-8” who dreams of becoming a delivery driver to be performed by rising star Kang You-seok. Kang has broadened his spectrum and is on the fast track to stardom with his performances in dramas like The Grotesque Mansion: The Original, Light on Me, Start-Up and Once Again.
E Som. Image courtesy of Netflix.
E Som plays Seolah, a military officer at the Defense Intelligence Command. Seolah saves Sawol’s life and cares for him like her own family. E Som’s acting caliber has been proven for her performances in the films Samjin Company English Class, Inseparable Bros, Microhabitat and the drama Taxi Driver.
Cho spearheads the production from the webtoon to the screen, off his past works–Master, Cold Eyes and The World of Silence.
Black Knight is set to be released to audiences around the world only on Netflix.