Upcoming KakaoTV series Unexpected Country Diary (working title) is eyeing actor Jang Keun-suk for a lead role!
On July 8, industry insiders revealed that Jang has received an offer to appear in the drama. His agency AG Corporation later responded, “He got a proposal to join the project and is currently reviewing it.”
Unexpected Country Diary is described as a romantic story about a man from Seoul who meets a police officer while living in the countryside. It is based on a web novel by writer Park Ha-min.
A distinguished singer and actor, Jang Keun-suk started his television career with minor roles in the dramas Four Sisters (2001), Ladies of the Palace (2001-2002), and Great Ambition (2002). Years later, Jang went on to star in the music-themed projects Beethoven Virus (2008) and You’re Beautiful (2009), which catapulted him to overseas popularity. His most recent works include Love Rain (2012), Bel Ami (2013–2014), and The Royal Gambler (2016). In 2015, Jang got swept up in a tax-evasion controversy, and although he was later found not guilty of the charge, he decided to go on a brief hiatus following the incident.
If he signs up for Unexpected Country Diary, the 33-year-old star would be making his highly anticipated comeback to the small screen since headlining SBS’s Switch: Change the World last 2018.
Unexpected Country Diary is KakaoTV’s newest addition to its growing selection of romantic dramas. Ji Chang-wook and Kim Ji-won’s Lovestruck in the City (2020–2021) as well as Kim Min-suk and Im Hyun-joo’s From Today Engine On (2021) have previously dropped on the streaming platform. They will be followed by Superior Shaman Ga Doo-shim, starring Kim Sae-ron and Nam Da-reum, this July 30.