Drama production companies are busy trying to catch singer/actor Lee Seung Gi ahead of his military discharge.
Lee Seung Gi is to be discharged on October 31, and there’s a fierce competition to cast him. It’s the effect of the “Name Value” of Lee Seung Gi who was very active prior to his enlistment.
According to a broadcasting official, Lee Seung Gi has been offered to appear in tvN’s Hwayugi that’s scheduled to air in the 2nd half of the year. But not only that, most of the projects planned for broadcasting early next year have Lee Seung Gi’s name listed as a candidate. With about 3 months left until discharge, their intention is to cast Lee Seung Gi as soon as he becomes a ‘civilian.’
From the production companies’ standpoint, Lee Seung Gi is a ‘card’ much more appealing than his peers, so the casting battle for him is getting more and more fierce. A lot of Lee Seung Gi’s peers are facing military service problems, and the production companies are not very willing to cast them. In addition, Lee Seung Gi’s acting ability is well recognized by the general public, and he has the advantage of high favorability among all age groups. Returning to the entertainment industry in 3 months, Lee Seung Gi is believed to have a ‘flower path’ already stretched out in front of him.
However, Lee Seung Gi plans to choose his comeback project very carefully. 2014 SBS drama YAAS was his last project before enlistment, and he has entered his 30s while serving in the military, so he’s looking for a project that can show an image that’s different than before. The movie GoongHap he filmed before enlistment is also getting ready for release in the 2nd half of the year.
A Lee Seung Gi rep said, “Thankfully, we have been offered a lot of drama roles. Since this is his comeback project, we are considering carefully in order to choose a project that can show a new Lee Seung Gi.”
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