• The upcoming historical film, 'Battleship Island,' will star Hwang Jeong-min, So Ji-sub and Song Joong-ki.

The upcoming historical film, 'Battleship Island,' will star Hwang Jeong-min, So Ji-sub and Song Joong-ki. (Photo : Twitter/Soompi)

The much-anticipated "Battleship Island" film recently hold its first script reading yesterday, June 2. It is said that the cast and staff members gathered together for the first time to sit down and go through the script at an undisclosed location in Seoul.

The uplifting news came to light when SongJoongKi_SG posted a screenshot on their official Twitter account earlier June 2, Thursday. As of this writing, the said post has been retweeted 263 times.

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A series of still images of the first script reading was widely circulated online. Film director Ryoo Seung-Wan were joined by lead actors Song Joong Ki, So Ji Sub, Hwang Jung and Lee Jung Hyun.

(Photo : Twitter/@SongJoongKi_SG)

The production company of the film, Filmmaker R & K, has revealed scarcely any detailed information about "Battleship Island." Nonetheless, earlier reports noted that the forthcoming film is based on real-life events happened on a peripheral, deserted island in Japan known as Hashima Island.

The film is expected to highlight the concealed history of Hashima Island, where countless Koreans were drafted into forced labor in the undersea coal mines under the dangerous and cruel conditions amid World War II. It will also show the draftees escaping from the 6.3-hectare island, along with the assistance of the Korean Independence group.

With an intended released in mid-2017 by CJ Entertainment, the cast and crew members are all gearing up to commence the filming on June 14, Korean Film Biz Zone reported. The filming will take place on a gigantic 6,600-square-meter set in the city of Chuncheon in Gangwon-do Province and is expected to take around 6-7 months' time.

"The city's economy will revitalize as film staff members stay here. Also, we expect many Hallyu fans from inside and outside of the country to visit [the city] during the shooting," Kpop Herald quoted the official of the city as saying.

The anticipation is high for the new historical period film, particularly due to its ensemble cast members. Adding on, Song is expected to shave his hair off, just as he said during his fan meeting in Seoul on April 17.

Further, it was earlier revealed that "Battleship Island" will be filmed using the virtual 3D production and Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI). Reports claimed that the Global Virtual Production Support Project is ready to provide 200 million won (approximately $168,658), to bolster the film's post-production stage. The company giant also intended to promote the virtual production industry of the country.

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