Reports from persons connected to "The Tale of Nokdu" have confirmed that as of July 4th, the drama has been suspended in response to Jeon Mi-sun's death. The drama is expected to begin shooting soon, but is currently behind schedule, as the production team is still grieving Jeon Mi-sun.
Another practical reason given for the delay is the need to replace Jeon Mi-sun in casting. Details about the character she was set to play are scarce, although she did have a name - Haeng-soo. Jeon Mi-sun was a distinctive actress and not easily replacable, especially if the part in question was specifically designed under the assumption of Jeon Mi-sun's participation.
The production team as well as potential replacements would also probably prefer to avoid the ghoulish spectacle of replacing Jeon Mi-sun too quickly. Though she died on June 29th from as-yet undetermined causes, her loss is still freshly felt, particularly as Jeon Mi-sun will still be appearing in the upcoming major motion picture "The King's Letters".
Written by William Schwartz
"The Tale of Nokdu" is directed by Kim Dong-hwi, written by Baek So-yeon, Lim Ye-jin, and features Jang Dong-yoon, Kim So-hyun, Song Geon-hee, Jo Soo-hyang, Kang Tae-oh, Jung Joon-ho. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/09/23~Upcoming, Mon, Tue 22:00 on KBS.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
"[HanCinema's News] "The Tale of Nokdu" Suspends Production in Wake of Jeon Mi-sun's Death"
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