After 7 Seasons of ‘The Walking Dead,’ Steven Yeun Picks His Roles One Message at a Time

Steven Yeun plays an unjustly terminated lawyer fighting to get his job back while wading through a building full of virus-infected employees in “Mayhem.”

While Steven Yeun has made a name for himself fighting zombies, his career since leaving “The Walking Dead” has been thriving. Since leaving the TV show, Yeun has been eager to show his versatility: working in both television and film in the U.S. and South Korea and taking on unconventional roles. “I’m just trying to understand who I am,” Yeun told NBC News. “So while this is available to me, I’ll keep doing as many different things as I can.”

Yeun can next be seen in the upcoming film “Mayhem,” which is scheduled to open in select theaters and online on Nov. 10. The horror-action follows a corporate attorney (Yeun) who, after being unjustly terminated, fights to get his job back while wading through a quarantined building full of virus-infected employees. The production was a change of pace for Yeun after seven seasons of “The Walking Dead.”

“I wanted to experience what it was like to film a horror movie,” Yeun said. “Doing a TV show for seven years is wonderful, it brings you the beauty of structure that I love, but it was fun to just jump into something I had no idea how it was going to be.”

He said his character, Derek Cho, was the most “real” part of the film, responding like a real person would when newly fired and fighting through an office building. Yeun added that those kinds of real Asian-American characters probably wouldn’t have existed a few years ago.

“I’m glad that Derek Cho gets to exist,” he said. “In all of his ugliness, all of his beauty, all of his weakness, and all of his best moments — I wanted to render a full character who was equally good as he was sh*t.”

After “The Walking Dead,” Yeun appeared in 2017 Netflix film “Okja” as the bilingual K, who acts as the translator between a young Korean girl and a team of animal rights activists. He is currently in South Korea filming “Burning,” an adaptation of the Haruki Murakami short story “Barn Burning.” Directed by Lee Chang-dong, the movie centers around a mystery surrounding a missing woman and a man who claims to be an arsonist.

“I think inherently, I won’t want to do something that isn’t true to me,” Yeun said about his choice of roles. “If it seems like it’s a clichéd role that has me being the model minority or a weak character, then I might look at that and think, ‘is it even saying something that I want to say?’ If not, then I don’t feel like doing it, ‘cause I would not want to live as that character for a while.”

Yeun can also soon be heard as the lead in two animated films. In “Chew,” which does not yet have a release date, he is slated to voice Tony Chu, an investigator who gets psychic visions from the food — including human — he eats. In “The Star,” scheduled to be released Nov. 17, he is slated to voice “Bo the Donkey.”

While “Chew” with its flesh-eating protagonist might be within the realm of what Yeun has done in the past, “The Star,” which depicts the first Christmas from the point of view of animals, might strike some as unexpected.

Yeun said that he knew that there were going to be “broad strokes painted” on the film because of its Christian themes, adding that he enjoyed participating in the film because it encouraged kids to be themselves and do things other told them they couldn’t.

“For me, that’s the thing I want to say,” Yeun said. “With ‘Mayhem,’ there’s a thing I want to say. Every kind of film that I’ve been a part of, I’ve been lucky that it says what I kind of want to say — and that is lot of different things.”

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Mayhem screencaps!

I have added screencaps from Steven’s movie, Mayhem! I loved the movie! You can rent or purchase it from iTunes!

Mayhem digital release!

Mayhem is available to purchase or rent on iTunes! I rented it and I am super excited to see it! Screencaps will be coming shortly!!

Mayhem on iTunes
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Steven Yeun poses for Glass Magazine

Steven featured on Glass Magazine‘s new issue, he was photographed by Ssam Kim and they also posted a behind the scene video. Please, take a look on our gallery and watch it below.

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“Mayhem” gest first trailer

“Mayhem” gest first trailer

A first official trailer has been unleashed online for Mayhem, the upcoming zombie action movie directed by Joe Lynch and starring Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, and Dallas Mark Roberts, watch it below, watch it below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZr3wXQ5e1E

“The Walking Dead” Season 1 & 2 Promotional Images & Screencaptures

“The Walking Dead” Season 1 & 2 Promotional Images & Screencaptures

Our gallery was updated with promotional pictures, production stills, screencaptures and more of Steven Yeun as Gleen Rhee on The Walking Dead Season 1 & Season 2. Please check our gallery and enjoy.

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Brooklyn Horror Film Festival screening Steven Yeun-starring Mayhem

It was announced Thursday that this year’s Brooklyn Horror Film Festival will screen director Joe Lynch’s film Mayhem and the documentary, To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story. Mayhem stars former Walking Dead actor Steven Yeun as a man who is fired from his cozy legal job just as the dreaded rage-inducing “ID7 virus” causes his office building to be quarantined. To Hell and Back details the life and career of stuntman-turned-actor Hodder, whose credits include playing Jason Voorhees in four Friday the 13th movies and portraying the titular killer in the upcoming slasher sequel, Victor Crowley.

Other additions to the BHFF lineup as part of the final wave of programming include director Simon Rumley’s Fashionista, the Icelandic movie Rift, and closing night film The Book of Birdie, about a fragile teenager whose hallucinations, dark obsessions, and fascination with blood are triggered as she’s forced into a remote convent.

The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival takes place in Brooklyn, New York, from Oct. 12-15. Learn more about at the event’s website.

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(Videos) Steven Yeun guest stars on ‘The Return of Superman’

Hi, everyone. First, I’m sorry for the lack of updates recently. I have trouble with my internet access and I don’t know when I’ll be able to have it back. Steven made an appearance on KBS’s ‘The Return Of Superman’ and you can watch it below:

Steven Yeun In Talks To Join “Burning” Cast

Steven Yeun might be starring in a new film with Yoo Ah In!

On August 21, a source from the movie industry reported that Steven Yeun is considering a role in the upcoming film “Burning.”

According to the source, filming was supposed to begin last November, but production was put on hold due to internal issues. Yoo Ah In, Kang Dong Won, and Sulli were originally part of the cast, but only Yoo Ah In remains, and the rest of the lead characters are being recast with other actors. Steven Yeun is reportedly in talks to fill in for Kang Dong Won.

A source from “Burning” stated, “Steven Yeun’s appearance in the film has not been confirmed yet. We will release an official statement once casting is completed.”

“Burning” is expected to premiere in the first half of 2018.

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Projects: Steven Yeun to voice character in ‘Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters’

Projects: Steven Yeun to voice character in ‘Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters’

The Walking Dead alum Steven Yeun and Star Trek: The Next Generation icon Wil Wheaton are lending their voices to characters in Netflix’s Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters series.

Twenty-six episodes of the show — which is based on a beloved, Hasbro toy line from the 1970s — are expected to begin streaming in late 2017. Its vocal cast will also include Scott Menville, Ogie Banks, Felicia Day, Keith David, Kate Mulgrew and Walter Koenig.

Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters is the first Hasbro brand to receive a Netflix original series order. We have been waiting for just the right moment to re-imagine Stretch for a new audience and our friends at Netflix got it right away; they have been a tremendous partner,” Stephen Davis, chief content officer and executive vice president of Hasbro Inc., said in a statement Monday. “We have hit a superhero sweet spot, and with Netflix’s global reach, kids across the world will fall in love with its fun characters and action-packed storyline.”

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