Update: Son Ye Jin In Talks To Lead New Historical Drama + Kang Ha Neul To Make Special Appearance
Updated September 22 KST:
While Kang Ha Neul has turned down the lead role of On Dal in the upcoming historical drama “Cut by the Heart” (working title), he’ll make a special appearance in the show!
On September 22, his agency confirmed his special appearance with Newsen and said, “It’s not the role of On Dal that he first received an offer for. He’ll be making a special appearance in the role of General On Hyeop.”
According to a report by OSEN, the general becomes the father of On Dal, and he’s a main character in the beginning of the story. OSEN also reports that Kang Ha Neul had to turn down the leading role due to a scheduling conflict because of a film.
Updated September 22 KST:
Kang Ha Neul’s agency confirmed on September 21 that the actor has decided to turn down the offer to star in the upcoming historical drama “Cut by the Heart” (working title). The agency shared that he is currently looking for his next project.
Son Ye Jin and Kang Ha Neul may be returning with a historical drama!
On August 25, Sports Seoul reported that Son Ye Jin is currently in talks to star in the drama “Cut by the Heart” (literal title). The upcoming historical drama will be about the tragic love story between Princess Pyeonggang, who uses On Dal’s feelings to her advantage, and On Dal, who makes foolish sacrifices. Son Ye Jin is in talks to star as Princess Pyeonggang.
Following reports, a source from Son Ye Jin’s agency MS Team Entertainment shared, “It’s one of the projects she has received offers for, and nothing is decided yet.” They continued, “Currently, Son Ye Jin is fine-tuning the details for her next project, the Hollywood film ‘Cross.’”
Directed by Andrew Niccol, “Cross” will be set in the future in a multiracial country divided into two nations, one of which is wealthy and one of which is impoverished. Son Ye Jin will be playing the role of Vera, a tough single mother who lives near the border in the impoverished nation. She will be starring opposite to Sam Worthington, who is well known for his role in “Avatar.”
If Son Ye Jin accepts the offer to star in “Cut by the Heart,” it will be her first historical drama since SBS’s “The Great Ambition” in 2002. Previously, Son Ye Jin also starred in the historical films “The Pirates” in 2014 and “The Last Princess” in 2016. With her performance in “The Last Princess,” Son Ye Jin swept many awards through the Grand Bell Awards, Blue Dragon Film Awards, Korean Film Producers Association Awards, Korean Association of Film Critics Awards, Film Award of the Year, and the Baeksang Arts Awards.
The same day, it was also reported that Kang Ha Neul was cast as On Dal, the main character of ‘Cut by the Heart.’ Following the report, a source from TH Company stated, “Kang Ha Neul has received an offer to star in the new drama ‘Cut by the Heart’ and is reviewing it.”
On Dal is a character who lives with his mother in a thatched cottage deep in the mountains. He has always been curious about the outside world, and despite knowing that his mother would be angry, he makes his way to the market in the village. There, he meets Princess Pyeonggang for the first time. One day, Princess Pyeonggang comes to his cottage, stating that she will live with him, and she teaches him martial arts as well as how to read and write.
“Cut by the Heart” will be produced by Victory Contents, and it is reportedly helmed by producing director (PD) Yoon Sang Ho, who worked on SBS’s “Saimdang, Light’s Diary,” MBC’s “Different Dreams,” and TV Chosun’s “King Maker: The Change of Destiny.”
In the meantime, watch Son Ye Jin in “The Pirates” below: