Actress Jeon Hye-jin is in talks to star in Uncle, an upcoming TV Chosun drama based on the BBC series of the same title.
According to Jeon’s agency HODU&U Entertainment, “Jeon Hye-jin received an offer to appear in Uncle and is considering it.”
Uncle follows an out-of-work, depressed musician who gets emotionally blackmailed to look after his nephew. As he struggles to protect the boy from a society plagued with discrimination, he slowly turns into a caring and dependable uncle. Earlier, award-winning actor Oh Jung-se (It’s Okay to Not Be Okay) has been offered to play the “uncle” character named Wang Jun-hyuk.
Jeon Hye-jin is a multi-genre actress who notably showcased her acting prowess in the films The Throne (2015) and The Merciless (2017). Her impressive portfolio of television dramas includes Misty (2018), Search: WWW (2019), and Stranger 2 (2020). If she accepts the current proposal, the 44-year-old star is expected to present her unique charm and powerful portrayal as she has done in all of her best works.
Uncle is said to be penned by screenwriter Park Ji-sook of My Blooming Days (2014) and helmed by director Ji Young-soo of Room No. 9 (2018). Under the co-production of Monster Union, Celltrion Entertainment, and HIGROUND, the drama aims to air in the second half of 2021.
The original BBC series was written and directed by Oliver Refson and Lilah Vandenburgh, respectively. It featured English actors Nick Helm (The Reluctant Landlord) as the uncle and Elliot Speller-Gillott (Days of the Bagnold Summer) as the nephew. Season one aired in 2014, followed by the second season in 2015, then the third and final season in 2017. The show won Best Multichannel Programme at the 2015 Broadcast Awards, described by the judges as “a truly original show with brilliant performances and great writing.”