Kang Shin Hyo, the director of the tvN’s “Tale of the Nine-Tailed,” recently shared some insights into his casting choices for the upcoming drama.

“Tale of the Nine-Tailed” is about a male gumiho (a mythical nine-tailed fox) named Yi Yeon (Lee Dong Wook) who has settled in the city, and the fearless producing director named Nam Ji Ah (Jo Bo Ah) who is determined to track him down. Kim Bum plays Yi Rang, Yi Yeon’s half-brother and the child of a human and a gumiho.

Kang Shin Hyo said, “In these times, audiences of all ages love superhero stories. I thought about how to make a Korean superhero story, and I came up with the idea of the gumiho as the central character. I worked with writer Han Woo Ri to develop a drama with a gumiho motif.”

He continued, “In a fantasy project, it is important that the main character is played by an actor who matches his appearance and vibe. I thought that if we were talking about male gumiho, there were no better actors than Lee Dong Wook and Kim Bum. When I first met Lee Dong Wook, it felt like I was meeting the real Yi Yeon. When I met Jo Bo Ah, I realized that even though she looks like a princess, she has an easygoing, tough personality. Kim Bum has a sharp face with shadows that hide behind it, so I felt like he was a perfect fit for Yi Rang.”

In Korean folk tales, gumiho tend to be beautiful women who lead men astray. Kang Shin Hyo said, “What sets our drama apart is that the gumiho are male, they are living in the modern age, and they are waiting for a long-lost love.”

“Tale of the Nine-Tailed” premieres on October 7 and will be available on Viki.

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