Parasite star Song Kang-ho set for first TV drama; Song Hye-kyo, Han So-hee eyed for thriller The Price of Confession – K-drama casting latest
- Parasite star Song Kang-ho will reportedly make his small-screen debut in Korean drama Uncle Sam Shik, a 10-episode series chronicling the lives of two men
- Reports suggest IU and Park Bo-gum have been approached to appear in Life, a new drama series from celebrated When the Camellia Blooms writer Lim Sang-chun
Several of South Korea’s biggest screen stars have been offered roles in some tantalising projects over the past few weeks. Among them is Parasite’s Song Kang-ho – one of the few film stars who had yet to appear in a Korean drama series.
Here is the latest news on casting announcements.
1. Uncle Sam Shik
Set in the 1960s, the 10-episode series will chronicle the friendship of two men as they navigate Korea’s turbulent history.
The project marks the third straight collaboration for actor and director – Song stars in Shin’s volleyball sports drama One Win and the Kim Jee-woon-directed film Cobweb, currently in post-production, co-written and produced by Shin.
2. Happiness Battle
Based on a novel of the same name by Joo Young-ha, Happiness Battle will be a suspense drama following mothers in bitter social media battles, as they seek to tear down other people’s happiness in pursuit of their own.
Lee will play Kang Mi-ho, the assistant manager of her bank’s digital marketing team, who finds herself at a turning point in her life.
Joo plans to adapt her novel into a 16-episode series, which is expected to air in the first half of next year. My Lovely Sam Soon director Kim Yoon-cheol will direct the drama.
3. Gust of Wind
Kim recently wrapped filming on the Netflix drama Queen Maker alongside Moon So-ri, as well as the Wavve original film Dead Man. Gust of Wind will enter production later this year.
4. The Price of Confession
Reports suggest that IU (also known as Lee Ji-eun) and Park Bo-gum have been approached to appear in Life, the new drama from celebrated When the Camellia Blooms writer Lim Sang-chun. Handling the director’s reins will be Kim Won-seok, known for the acclaimed drama My Mister, also starring IU.
Popular singer IU has been drawing attention as a serious actress, especially after receiving rave reviews for her part in Broker, alongside Song Kang-ho and many other seasoned Korean actors.
However, Park’s representatives have denied that an offer was made, leaving his participation in doubt.
The drama is said to follow the story of a girl and a boy over the course of four seasons.