Actor Yoo Jae-myung is in talks to star in Hometown, the upcoming OCN mystery-horror series Uhm Tae-goo has been courted to lead.
Yoo’s agency Ace Factory told Korean media outlet Newsen on February 19, “Yoo Jae-myung has received the script for OCN’s new drama Hometown and is positively reviewing it.”
Described as a drama about evil spirits, Hometown will center on a tape recording that contains mysterious sounds and a series of killings that are happening in a small town.
Yoo Jae-myung previously received attention for his portrayals in the television series Reply 1988 (2015–2016), Stranger (2017), and Life (2018), the last of which won him a Best Supporting Actor trophy at the 6th APAN Star Awards. In 2020, Yoo made his entry to international stardom by playing the main antagonist in the hit Park Seo-joon starrer drama Itaewon Class. He then graced the big screen that same year with memorable appearances in the films Voice of Silence and Baseball Girl. Currently, the 47-year-old star is starring in the ongoing drama Vincenzo, which is headlined by top actor Song Joong-ki (Arthdal Chronicles).
Earlier, Uhm Tae-goo (Save Me 2) was reportedly offered the role of the male protagonist, Cho Kyung-ho, a man who returns to his hometown after studying in Japan but later on carries out a mysterious act of terrorism. He gets sentenced with life imprisonment after surrendering to the police and is serving his punishment while completely disconnected from the outside world.
Hometown targets to premiere this summer as a six-episode series.