Joo Ji Hoon to be Discharged from the Military, Picks a Musical for His Comeback Project

Fans of actor Joo Ji Hoon have one more reason to celebrate his return from military service. The actor, set to be discharged from his mandatory military service on November 21 is reported to have chosen a musical for his comeback project.

According to local news agencies, Joo Ji Hoon will take to the stage for “Doctor Zhivago.” The musical is an adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Boris Pasternak’s novel, which had also been made into a Hollywood film in 1965. This musical staging is drawing attention for its production cost, said to be at 25 billion won (US$22 million.)

Joo Ji Hoon, who broke through the scene as the Crown Prince in the popular drama “Goong,” will go into “Doctor Zhivago” with previous experience in musicals. He played the title character in 2009’s “Don Juan.” While serving in the reserved corps in the military, he also participated in “Voyage of Life,” a production sponsored by the Ministry of Defense to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War in 2010.

Joo Ji Hoon’s first official public event as a civilian is a meeting with 2,000 of his fans in Seoul on November 27.