It looks like fans of Song Joong-ki have to wait a little longer to see him in a new project. Blossom Entertainment, the actor’s agency, confirmed on September 13 that he already made a final decision to turn down the lead role in Netflix’s Kingdom, a zombie action-thriller drama penned by Signal writer Kim Eun-hee. The role is known to have been offered to the actor two months ago.
Song Joong-ki also received casting offers from other projects but also rejected them. Although his agency did not release an official statement disclosing the reason behind his refusal to take a new project, it is apparent that he is taking a break in preparation for his upcoming wedding to his Descendants of the Sun co-star Song Hye-kyo. The couple is set to hold a private wedding ceremony in The Shilla Hotel in Seoul on October 31.
This recent development leaves the production team of Kingdom without a lead cast for the series. A source from the team revealed that they already sent proposals to other actors but none of them has sent a definite answer yet. The production and post-production of the drama are slated to be finished until the first half of 2018, with the shooting originally scheduled this month. However, since the casting has yet to be completed and other preparations are still underway to ensure the quality of the project, it is impossible now for the filming to push through.
Kingdom will become available for streaming worldwide on Netflix in the second half of 2018. It is an 8-episode historical drama set in Joseon about a mysterious zombie outbreak that spreads across the country. The series is Kim Eun-hee’s major project following Signal and Netflix’s second original Korean drama series after Love Alarm. It is attracting public attention given the credibility of Kim as a writer and Kim Seong-hun’s role as the director. Kim Seong-hun is an award-winning writer-director whose 2014 action thriller film A Hard Day earned him at least seven recognitions from prestigious award-giving bodies in Korea.