Ji Chang-wook offered lead role in genetics-themed tvN drama ‘LUCA’

Ji Chang-wook might make his return to TV with a new tvN drama called LUCA, which stands for Last Universal Common Ancestor. The actor starred in the recently ended sci-fi rom-com series Melting Me Softly opposite Won Jin-ah.

LUCA will incorporate Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution into its story and explore the idea that all humans are descendants of a common ancestor. It will become the first Korean drama in history to deal with genetics, although it remains to be seen whether the series will actually take the science fiction route. The details of the role offered to Ji Chang-wook are still kept under wraps.

The project will be directed by Kim Hong-sun, who has popular thrillers like Voice (2017) and Black (2017) to his credit. Its screenplay will be penned by Slave Hunters (2010) and The Package (2017) writer Chun Sung-il.

If Ji Chang-wook accepts the role, he will reunite with director Kim, since the two already worked together in Warrior Baek Dong-soo (2011). The actor is currently preparing for his Asia-wide fan meeting titled ‘Waiting For You’, which is scheduled to begin from January 10, 2020.

LUCA will be pre-produced and have 12 episodes that will be broadcast in the first half of 2020.

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