"Now We Are Breaking Up": 6 Things To Know About Song Hye-Kyo's New Drama
On the hunt for new Korean dramas to watch this year? Put Hallyu star, Song Hye-kyo's new drama on your list. The popular South Korean actress will be making her comeback to the small screen in Now We Are Breaking Up this year, making it one of the most highly-anticipated Korean dramas to be released.
To keep you on your toes with all the excitement, we break down everything we know about the upcoming K-drama.
1/6 Her character will be a fashion lover
Song Hye-kyo's character, Ha Young-eun will be an extension of the actress' fashionable style. Song will be playing a "trendy, intelligent and realist" manager of the design team of fashion company, The One.
Hot on the heels of becoming Fendi's first South Korean global ambassador and endorsing other brands such as Chaumet and Bottega Veneta, we can expect some stylish looks and designer pieces from the Tatler's Most Stylish 2020 honouree.
2/6 The show will feature a charismatic leading man
Model-turned-actor, Jang Ki-yong will be playing Song's leading man. A stylish actor in his own right, Jang caught the attention of many from his roles in Go Back Couple (2017) and My Mister (2018) which eventually landed hun his first lead role in Come and Hug Me (2018). A series of dramas followed including Search: WWW (2019), Born Again (2020) and recently, My Roommate is a Gumiho (2021).
This new role might just be the rising actor's biggest break yet, playing Yoon Jae-Guk, who's described as a "wealthy and popular freelance photographer who has the brains and the looks."
If the characters play right by the age of Song (39 years old) and Jang (28 years old), that we may get another noona romance (pairing of an older female lead with a younger male lead) following Song's last drama, Encounter (2018).
See also: Interview: "Sweet & Sour" Cast And Director Discuss The Netflix Movie
3/6 Along with a stellar supporting cast
A star-studded cast is no surprise for a Song Hye-kyo drama and Now We Are Breaking Up is no exception. Choi Hee-seo from Mistress (2018) and Stranger 2 (2020) will be playing Hwang Chi-sook, Ha's high schoolmate and director of the fashion label's design team. Kim Joo-heon from It's Okay to Not Be Okay (2020) and Start-up (2020) will be taking on the role of Seok Do-hoon, a skilled PR company CEO.
Two K-pop stars will also be part of the cast including EXO's Sehun, who will play a new designer working with Song's character and Yura from the girl group Girl's Day, as a popular celebrity boasting a large social media following.
It was reported in November 2020 that Soo Ae (who would've been making her comeback after four years) and Yoo Teo (who would've nabbed his first lead role) were first offered the main roles but both declined the offer.
See also: 11 Popular Korean Dramas To Binge-Watch On Netflix In 2021
4/6 And an A-list production team
Aside from the main leads and supporting cast, the crew helming the drama is also an impressive list of A-listers from the industry. Lee Gil-bok will be taking the director's seat, he previously helmed hit dramas such as My Love from the Star (2013) with Jun Ji-hyun, Vagabond (2019) and Dr Romantic 2 (2020).
The drama will be written by Je In, who previously worked on Misty (2018). Earlier reports said that popular screenwriter, Kim Eun-sook who worked with Song on Descendants of the Sun (2016) and The King: Eternal Monarch (2020) will be penning the drama but it's been confirmed that Je In will be working on it instead.
See also: 10 Most Expensive Korean Dramas To Make
5/6 Plot and release date
There's not much mention of the plot yet as of now except that it will "tell stories of emotional love and breakups" as hinted by the title and set in the context of the fashion industry.
Filming began in April with the target release date in the second half of 2021. SBS will be producing the drama.
See also: Netflix To Spend Nearly US$500M On Korean Content—Plus The Original Line-Up For 2021
6/6 First look revealed
During the SBS Showcase 2021, the network unveiled a preview of their upcoming dramas and among them includes the first look of Now We Are Breaking Up. The reveal consists of photos of Song and Jang together as well as solo shots.
The first photo of the two leads is shot under the rain with Jang holding an umbrella for Song while the second photo mimics the first with the two facing each other in what appears to be a gathering or an event. Jang is holding a folder and both look at each other with an intense gaze, unbothered by the people around them.
In her solo shots, Song is decked in fashionable clothing, sporting a leather jacket and a beige blazer. For Jang, he's also flaunting his visuals, wearing a long black jacket and a denim jacket on the other.
See also: 30 New Must-Watch Korean Dramas In 2021
This article was originally published on March 11, 2021 and was updated on June 21, 2021.