Song Seung-heon (Saimdang, Light’s Diary) and Go Ara (Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth) are now confirmed to play the lead roles in the upcoming fantasy OCN drama called Black, which is about a grim reaper who borrows the body of a man and falls in love with a human woman.
Song Seung-heon will play Han Moo-kang, the grim reaper who gets punished after falling in love with a woman by having all of his memories erased in the world. His character has two nicknames — “Grim Reaper of Criminals” and “Man in Black” — and is described as a grim reaper known for staying expressionless when facing brutally killed human bodies. Meanwhile, the details of Go Ara’s character have yet to be released but she will most likely play the role of the human woman with whom the grim reaper will fall in love with.
Black is the first ever cable drama of Song Seung-heon who recently starred in the historical SBS drama, Saimdang, Light’s Diary. In contrast, the drama is Go Ara’s second cable drama, following the successful Reply 1994. Her two most recent dramas in which she played the leading roles are Hwarang and You’re All Surrounded.
Black is written by Choi Ran, the screenwriter who penned God’s Gift: 14 Days and Iljimae: The Phantom Thief. It will be directed by PD Kim Hong-sun of the hit OCN drama Voice. The director’s credits to his name include Pied Piper, Liar Game, and Hero.
Cable network OCN has been recently enjoying high viewership ratings in its Saturday-Sunday dramas. The crime thriller Voice achieved record-breaking ratings during its run and became the highest-rated drama ever distributed by the network until the time-slip Tunnel achieved even higher ratings and broke its records. The success of the two dramas coincided with the network’s announcement of a complete drama lineup for 2017. Tunnel was followed by the currently airing clone thriller drama Duel, which will be replaced by Save Me on August 5. Black will premiere some time in October after Save Me ends its run and will be succeeded by the second season of Bad Guys in December 2017.
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