Song Hye-kyo, Park Bo-gum attend first script read for ‘Encounter’

Script reading stills are out for the upcoming romance drama Encounter (formerly known as Boyfriend), the highly anticipated drama that brings two very popular Korean stars back to the small screen. Leading the actors who attended the event in August at the Sangnam Neighborhood in Seoul are the two leads—Song Hye-kyo (Descendants of the Sun) and Park Bo-gum (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds).

Encounter tells the story of Cha Soo-hyun (played by Song Hye-kyo), an unhappy daughter of a prominent politician and ex-wife of a chaebol, and Kim Jin-hyuk (Park Bo-gum), an ordinary, free-spirited young man who has lived a happy and fulfilling life. The drama is a romantic love story that deals with the struggles one faces if she abandons her social status and family name and chooses to take time for herself and find happiness.

The stills below show the drama’s cast as they conduct the first script reading. Other actors who were present in the event include Go Chang-suk, Kwak Sun-young, and Cha Hwa-yeon who are playing the role of Cha Soo-hyun’s chauffeur and loyal friend, administrative assistant, and mother-in-law, respectively. Also in attendance are Moon Sung-geun and Nam Ki-ae, who are playing her parents and Shin Jung-geun and Baek Ji-won, who are acting as Kim Jin-hyuk’s parents.

Encounter Script Reading Stills

Park Shin-woo, Encounter’s director who also directed the 2016 romantic comedy Jealousy Incarnate, remarked that the cast of the drama made him think that he really need to do a good job and that he would work hard so that Encounter will become a drama that his production team can be proud of. Meanwhile, writer Yoo Young-ah, who penned the series Entertainer and Bel Ami, said, “I want to say that I’m truly thankful. I will work hard on writing the rest of the script and the characters that you have chosen.”

Encounter will premiere in November on cable network tvN. It will replace The Smile Has Left Your Eyes on the Wednesday-Thursday time slot.

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