[Hot Takes from the Noonas] Now that "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God" is over, what's Gong Yoo's next move?
Gong Yoo's popularity is at all-time high, thanks to last year's blockbuster zombie movie, "Train to Busan", and the runaway drama hit, "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God". According to his management company, while Gong Yoo has a full schedule until mid-March, invitations are pouring in for fan meetings from 15 countries all over the world, including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Canada, the US and Australia.
Given the choice, I'd rather hear that Gong Yoo was getting offers for films all over the world, but it never hurts to be popular, especially if there's a chance that he'll come to my home country of Canada (I missed his visit during the filming of "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God", unfortunately). 2016 was a banner year for Gong Yoo, between "Train to Busan", period action film, "The Age of Shadows", and "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God", so he can probably spend 2017 filming commercials, popping up at the odd event, and holding fan meetings. Alternately, he can choose to go straight back to acting in his next project.
Unfortunately for drama fans, it's unlikely that Gong Yoo will be back on the small screen anytime soon. It was a long gap between 2012 drama, "Big" and "Guardian: The Lonely and Great God", and it took a lot of wooing on the part of writer Kim Eun-sook to get him back to television. Much like Song Joong-ki before him, the likely path for Gong Yoo is to spend some time capitalizing on his current fame with international fan meetings and events, and then come back with another blockbuster film. He'll probably stay in the same vein as the more serious films he's chosen since his return from the army in 2011, like "Silenced" or "The Suspect". Is it too much to hope that Gong Yoo uses at least some of his comedic talents in his next movie? We'll have to wait to find out.
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