2PM singer Ok Taec-yeon (left) and costar Jang Hyun-sung will star in the political TV drama “Assembly” (OSEN/YG Entertainment)
K-pop singer and television personality Ok Taec-yeon has been cast in the upcoming political TV drama “Assembly.”
Ok will play aspiring police officer Kim Gyu-hwan, who studies at the library to pass his entrance exams by day and works as an official’s chauffeur by night, according to PR company Place.
The screenwriter Jung Hyun-min — formerly a National Assembly aide — previously wrote hit period TV drama “Jeong Do-jeon” last year, about the politics that founded the early Joseon dynasty.
“Personally, I really enjoyed watching ‘Jeong Do-jeon’ and I really wanted to act in a project by the screenwriter of that capability,” said Ok. “That opportunity has come and I want to undertake the challenge.”
Ok, 26, also said that his character “reflects those in their 20s with their worries and pains.”
Costar Jang Hyun-sung will play politician Baek Do-hyeon, who comes from an elite royal Korean lineage.
“I am looking forward to working with a good screenwriter and director, as well as good costars,” said Jang. “Even though it’s completely different from my most recent drama, I will do my best to reach out to viewers with a realistic and passionate character portrayal.”
Jang previously starred in the recent TV dark comedy “Heard It through the Grapevine.”
Other confirmed cast members are Jung Jae-young, Song Yun-ah and Kim Seo-hyeong.
“Assembly” follows the career of welder-turned-National Assembly politician Jin Sang-pil. The political TV drama will premiere on July 15, to air after the current KBS drama “Masked Prosecutor” on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
By Yoon Sarah (firstname.lastname@example.org)