Actor Kim Hee-won will reportedly debut as a director with a new webtoon-based drama, Shop of the Lamp (working title), and Ju Ji-hoon is in talks to lead in the upcoming fantasy drama.
Actor Kim Hee-won to Make Directorial Debut with Webtoon-Based Drama SHOP OF THE LAMP – Ju Ji-hoon In Talks
JTBC exclusively reported that actor Kim Hee-won to make his directorial debut with Shop of the Lamp. The story is an adaptation of a webtoon series of the same name by the famous cartoonist Kang Full.
The webtoon series is another masterpiece of Kang Full that was first serialized in 2011. Moreover, the upcoming new drama will be the ninth screen adaptation of Kim Full’s works after Moving.
The upcoming Shop of the Lamp Korean drama series is a thriller-fantasy drama. The story centers on a mystical lamp shop that connects the worlds of the living and the dead. And the story follows five people of different backgrounds, origins, occupations, and ages, ranging from teenagers to the elderly.
Kim Hee-won’s Directorial Debut
Kim Hee-won is one of the famous veteran actors in South Korea with a long list of dramas and movies. Besides acting, he is popular as the host of House on Wheels alongside actor Sung Dong-il.
In 2023, he made a comeback on the small screen with two Korean dramas, Han River and Moving. The actor also returned to the silver screen with two captivating Korean movies, Unlocked and Silence.
Moreover, the actor, who debuted as an actor in 2007, is ready to make a directorial debut with Shop of the Lamp this year. So, it will be exciting to see if the actor can create a webtoon based on drama without losing its original strength.
Will Ju Ji-hoon Star in the New Drama Shop of the Lamp?
According to JTBC exclusive report, actor Ju Ji-hoon has been cast to play the lamp shop owner in the upcoming drama, Shop of the Lamp.
In response to the report, the actor’s agency, H& Entertainment, stated that the drama is one of the projects the actor received and is currently under review.
If Ju Ji hoon accepts the offer, the project will be his second collab with actor Kim Hee-won after a Korean movie, Silence. However, unlike their previous collaboration, they will be teaming up as an actor and a director in the upcoming thriller drama.
There is no further information regarding other casts, filming schedule, and release date. However, Shop of the Lamp will reportedly premiere on an OTT platform.
Ju Ji-hoon’s New Drama and Movie
Ju Ji hoon started this year with a new travel reality show Bros On Foot, along with three other actors, Ha Jung-woo, Yeo Jin-goo, and Choi Min-ho. Further, the actor will have two projects that will premiere this year. Those are the Korean drama Dominant Species and the Korean movie Silence.
In addition, the action is still in talks to lead a new medical drama based on the webtoon Severe Trauma Center: Golden Hour.
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