Liam Neeson is in talks to star as U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur in South Korean war pic Operation Chromite from Taewon Entertainment. A Taewon rep confirmed the news Wednesday to Deadline. John H. Lee is on-board to direct the project, which looks at the Battle of Incheon, a major turning point in 1950 in the Korean War in which United Nations forces launched a surprise attack against communist North Korean forces. Operation Chromite was the codename for the operation. The Korean War was fought between 1950-1953 and ended in a stalemate that exists today, with simmering hostilities between the Western-allied South and Communist North.
No other cast has been announced yet, with the film following the exploits of a group of Korean soldiers taking part in the battle. Lee Man-Hee, who previously worked with Lee on 71: Into The Fire, has written the script. Lee is repped by CAA. Filming is set to begin by the end of the year with Taewon execs hoping to release the film in 2016 in time for the June 25 anniversary of the beginning of the Korean war.