MBC’s highly anticipated blockbuster series Black Sun (literal title) is working to cast talented actor Namkoong Min for the male lead role, according to Korean media outlet Xportsnews on November 13.
In response, 935 Entertainment confirmed the announcement on behalf of the star, stating, “Namkoong Min has received several project offers and is carefully reviewing them to select his next work. Black Sun is one of them.”
Set to feature a Korean espionage-themed storyline, Black Sun will revolve around a top National Intelligence Service (NIS) agent and his personal mission to unmask the internal traitor who conspired against him and caused his downfall. However, in the course of his life-threatening search, he encounters a massive and more evil adversary within the organization.
Namkoong Min began gaining increased recognition in 2017 when he played his breakout role in the hit television drama Good Manager. He then went on to headline various popular series, the most notable of which are Falsify (2017), The Undateables (2018), Doctor Prisoner (2019), and the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Drama winner, Stove League (2019–2020). If Namkoong Min accepts the proposal, he is said to transform into Han Ji-hyuk, the best hitman in NIS’s Foreign Intelligence Bureau.
Black Sun will reportedly be helmed by director Kim Seong-ryong and penned by screenwriter Park Seok-ho. The 12-episode drama is already deemed to become MBC’s biggest project in 2021 as it will run on an astounding budget of more than 15 billion KRW, approximately 13.5 million USD.
Meanwhile, Namkoong Min is currently gearing up for the premiere of his newest romantic-mystery drama, Awaken, where he will be starring alongside skilled actresses Seolhyun (My Country: The New Age) and Lee Chung-ah (VIP). The tvN series will air every Monday and Tuesday starting November 30 at 9:00 p.m. KST.
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