Song Joong-ki is now considering a leading role in the upcoming zombie action-triller drama titled Kingdom, Netflix’s 8-episode sageuk set in Joseon period when a mysterious zombie apocalypse spreads across the country. The drama is about a crown prince tasked to investigate the outbreak.
If the actor accepts the offer, Kingdom will become his comeback drama after the highly successful Descendants of the Sun. He is most likely offered to play the role of the crown prince who discovers a brutal truth that threatens his country. The drama is written by award-winning writer Kim Eun-hee who penned Signal, tvN’s mystery-thriller that won Best Drama and Best Screenplay in Baeksang Arts Awards last year. She is paired with film director Kim Seong-hun, a screenwriter himself whose 2014 action thriller film A Hard Day won at least seven Best Directing and Best Screenplay awards from prestigious award-giving bodies in Korea.
It was first announced in March that Kingdom will become Netflix’s second original Korean television series (after Love Alarm) but four months later, the production of the drama has not started yet. Netflix plans to begin the production this September and release all of drama’s eight episodes at once in 2018.
The official synopsis of the drama is not yet out and the casting is still underway. What is known as of this time is that Kingdom combines historical period drama and zombie action-thriller and will be completely pre-produced. Kim Eun-hee had been working on this drama since 2011 and wanted its story to reflect the “fears and anxiety of modern times but explored through the lens of a romantic fascination of the historical Joseon period.”
Song Joong-ki announced through his agency yesterday that he will be getting married to his Descendants of the Sun co-star Song Hye-kyo. He is now busy promoting his upcoming film, The Battleship Island, which will be released on July 26.