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Kim Jong-un

North Korea calls James Franco and Seth Rogen's new film an "act of war"

The film concerns an assassination bid on Kim Jong-Un. Yeah.

The 81st Academy Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles Matt Sayles / AP/Press Association Images Matt Sayles / AP/Press Association Images / AP/Press Association Images

NORTH KOREA IS demanding that US authorities ban James Franco and Seth Rogen’s new film, which centres around an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

In The Interview, Franco and Rogen play a pair of TV journalists who are granted an interview with Kim Jong-Un in Pyongyang – but are then recruited by the CIA to kill him.

According to Sky News, North Korea has threatened the US with a “resolute and merciless response” unless the film is banned.

North Korea Armistice Kim Jong-Un: not impressed Wong Maye-E / AP/Press Association Images Wong Maye-E / AP/Press Association Images / AP/Press Association Images

In a statement given to North Korea’s official news agency, a foreign ministry official said the film was made by “gangster moviemakers” and should be banned:

The act of making and screening such a movie that portrays an attack on our top leadership… is a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable.

Here’s the teaser trailer for the film, which hits cinemas later this year:

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We can sort of see the parts they would be unhappy with. Just a bit.

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