The film, which will have its world premiere at the festival, May 19, will hit the streaming service on June 28.
Get ready for the newest creature feature from South Korean director Bong Joon Ho.
In his 2006 horror movie The Host, he unleashed a giant amphibious monster on the multiplex, but in his new movie, Okja, he introduces a friendlier beast in the movie’s title character.
It is described by the film’s villain, Tilda Swinton, as a “super-pig,” but it actually looks more like an oversized hippo who’s somehow been crossed with a pug. And it promises to be a great, big, loveable lug.
The newly-released trailer for the Netflix original film, written by Bong and Jon Ronson, sets up the main conflict — all set to the tune of the Mamas and the Papas’ “Dedicated to the One I Love.” Okja has been captured by the Mirando Corp., where Swinton (reteaming with Bong following their 2013 Snowpiercer) rules as its avaricious CEO, and it’s up to a young girl who’s befriended Okja and who is played by An Seo Hyun, to save him.
The cast also includes Paul Dano, as an animal rights activist, The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, Lily Collins, Giancarlo Esposito and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Okja will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Friday — amid a brewing controversy over whether the festival should be spotlighting films heading for the streaming service — and will launch globally on Netflix on June 28.