Netflix Gives Fans First Look At New Parasyte K-Drama

The streaming service dropped two teaser images for Parasyte: The Grey, set to release in April 2024.

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Netflix just unveiled two stills of its new K-drama adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s horror manga, Parasyte. The series is about alien parasites who leach onto human hosts. Directed by Yeon Sang-ho — known for Train to Busan (2016) and Hellbound (2021) — the show features a new storyline, set in Korea, and a new cast of characters.

New Images Released!

One of the visuals released by Netflix this week depicts a dazed-looking Jeon So-nee (When My Love Blooms), who plays Jeong Su-in, the series’ main parasitic victim. The second still image shows fellow lead Koo Kyo-hwan (D.P.), who previously worked with both the actress and director Yeon on the film Peninsula (2020). Koo plays Seol Kang-woo, a man on a mission to find his missing sister. The series also stars Lee Jung-hyun (Decision to Leave) as Choi Jun-kyung, the leader of a task force called “Team Grey,” which battles the parasites.

An series still of Parasyte: The Grey, that shows a young woman looking dazed and eerie.

Adaptation of Parasyte Manga

Parasyte: The Grey is a loosely based adaptation of Iwaaki’s horror classic. The original, which ran from 1989 to 1994, is set in Japan and centers around a high schooler named Shinichi, whose right hand is possessed by a parasitic monster called Migi. The two then form a bizarre bond as they fight other invading parasites. Parasyte is currently licensed by Kodansha USA and is one of the best-selling manga of all time. It has been adapted into an anime and two live-action films and received an eight-volume spin-off manga, serialized between 2018 and 2021.

A series still of Parasyte: The Grey, that shows a man staring intently at something.
Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki manga book cover, depicting a hand with two eyes and monster graphics against a red and white background.

Netflix’s Parasyte: The Grey is scheduled to stream in April 2024.

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