Yu began his career as a fashion model but is now known for his work in several major South Korean films. He has worked in Hur Jin-ho’s One Fine Spring Day (2001), Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy (2003) and Hong Sang-soo’s Woman is the Future of Man (2004).
His role in The House That Jack Built marks the first Asian talent to appear in a supporting role in a Trier film.
“It’s an honor for me to be in the film of my favorite director, Lars von Trier,” Yu said in a TrustNordisk press release. “It [will] be a very special experience for me.”
The House That Jack Built tells the story of Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer. The film follows him over two years and depicts the murders that make him a serial killer.
The House That Jack Built is due for release in 2018.