Girls Generation's Seohyun Cast as Female Lead in Chinese Web Drama
K-pop group Girl's Generation member Seohyun has been cast in the Korean-Chinese web series "Canvas the Emperor."
Seohyun, who is the youngest among the eight-member group, has been signed on to play the role of female lead Dong Puti on "Canvas the Emperor," a rom-com inspired from a famous Chinese romantic fiction, according to Yonhap News.
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Even though Seohyun has appeared in several movies and television show, this is her first major role in a drama. The South Korean singer is the latest K-pop artist to bag a lead role in a drama in a bid to make the gradual career switch from singing to acting.
The 25-year-old musician's other credits include supporting roles in SBS' "Passionate Love" and the upcoming "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo."
Chinese actor Zhang He will star opposite Seohyun in the web series, which will be directed by South Korean producer Hwang In-roe, the man behind hit television shows like "Goong," "The Return of Iljimae" and "Mischevious Kiss." The show's cast also includes South Korean actors Song Ha-yoon, Baek Jun-seo and Choi Youn-so.
"Canvas the Emperor" follows the story of Tang Zhong (Zhang) who makes his debut in the entertainment industry on behalf of his twin brother. Tang and Dong (Seohyun) first meet under unfavorable circumstances but later fall head over heels for each other.
The show's production will begin towards the end of August in South Korea, said Kim Ji-woo, chief of South Korean drama production company King Joy.
Kim added that the young and talented Korean and Chinese actors are working well as a team. "We are also taking on the responsibilities of strengthening Korea-China cultural ties with a well-made production," he added.