It’s official! Acting superstar Son Ye-jin will headline JTBC’s upcoming miniseries Thirty Nine.
According to Son’s agency MSTeam Entertainment on June 30, the 39-year-old actress has already confirmed her participation in the project and is currently preparing for filming.
Set to tell relatable, heartwarming stories of friendship, love, and life, Thirty Nine follows three women who must deal with mid-life crises as they approach “the big four-oh.” Son Ye-jin will play one of the female protagonists named Cha Mi-jo, the head dermatologist at the Gangnam Dermatology Clinic.
Son Ye-jin is deemed as one of South Korea’s highly successful public figures of today, having been consistently listed on Forbes’ Korea Power Celebrity from 2019 to 2021. With a decorated career spanning over 20 years, Son’s present fame is largely attributed to her big-screen performances in The Truth Beneath (2016), The Last Princess (2016), and Be With You (2018), as well as in the TV dramas Don’t Look Back: The Legend of Orpheus (2013), Something in the Rain (2018), and the phenomenal series Crash Landing on You (2019–2020).
It was previously reported that Hospital Playlist 2‘s Jeon Mi-do has received an offer to act alongside Son as the acting teacher Jung Chan-young, also one of the three main characters. Other stars who are reportedly being courted to join them include Ahn So-hee (Missing: The Other Side), Yeon Woo-jin (Undercover), and Lee Moo-saeng (The World of the Married).
Thirty Nine is to be helmed by director Kim Sang-ho of Run On (2020–2021), while penning the script is Yoo Young-ah of Encounter (2018–2019). Co-produced by Lotte Cultureworks and JTBC Studios, the 12-episode drama plans to begin filming this August.