According to a press release by N.O.A., film "The Crucible" ("Dogani"), whose title can be translated into 'a scene', is based on the 2009 best-seller of the same name written by Korean writer Gong Ji-young who looked into a sexual violence case committed in one of the schools for hearing-impaired people in Gwangju.
Gong Yoo will play a teacher at the school who discovers the case and Jung, a human rights activist who joins Gong's efforts to publicize the case, standing opposed to the school's staff and other officers who try to conceal the incident.
The film, to be directed by Hwang Dong-hyeok, will crank in next month and is expected to premiere around the latter half of this year.
Gong, 31, whose real name is Gong Ji-cheol, debuted with a role in KBS' TV series "School 4" in 2001 and since then has appeared in more than a handful of dramas including "One Fine Day" (MBC, 2006) and "Biscuit Teacher And Star Candy" (SBS, 2005) and films "My Tutor Friend (2003)", "S Diary (2004)" Spy Girl (2004) and "She's on Duty" (2005).
He rose to stardom as a heartthrob in MBC's hit romance series "Coffee Prince" (2007) about a guy who falls in love with a girl disguised as a boy. After being discharged from his two-year mandatory military service he co-starred in "Finding Mr. Destiny (2010)" with actress Im Soo-jeong.
Jeong, 27, made her debut in 2004 starring in film "How To Operate a Polaroid Camera" and later appeared in quite a few indie films including "The Room Nearby" (2008), "Like You Know It All" (2009), "Cafe Noir" (2009), "My Dear Desperado" (2010) and particularly "Oki's Movie (2010)" which had her invited to the 67th Venice International Film Festival last year.
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