Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Mickey 17’ Lands Early Release in South Korea

Acclaimed filmmaker Bong Joon Ho’s Mickey 17 will open several days early in South Korea, his home country.

The movie will hit theaters there on Jan. 28, 2025, timed to the Lunar New Year holiday and three days before it begins its global rollout on Jan. 31, Warner Bros. announced Tuesday.

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“Director Bong’s creativity, vision and imagination always exceed expectations. Mickey 17 will surprise audiences with its original story and characters, unpredictable plot development and humor, as well as great production qualities,” Warners president of international distribution Andrew Cripps said in a statement, adding that opening it first in South Korea was a priority.

Mickey 17 had first been set to debut in theaters around the world this month, but its release was delayed due to production shifts caused by the strikes.

Robert Pattinson stars in the adaptation of the 2022 novel Mickey 7, from author Edward Ashton. In the novel, Mickey 7 is a space colonist known as an expendable. (In fact, he is the seventh iteration of a man named Mickey Barnes.) Each colony features an expendable, a crewmember who takes deadly jobs but who are then restored via clone bodies when they die. Ashton published the sequel, Antimatter Blues, last year.

Director Bong is expected to put his own trademark spin on the source material, with the film also starring Steven Yeun, Naomi Ackie, Toni Collette and Mark Ruffalo. Plan B Entertainment is producing, with Dooho Choi of Kate Street Picture Company, and Bong via his Offscreen, Inc. banner.

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