Song Hye-gyo to romance Song Joong-ki for Descended From the Sun?
On one hand, I totally see the reasoning in courting Song Hye-gyo to headline the human melodrama Descended From the Sun: Her starpower aligns with what I expect of the highly buzzed-about project, which comes from hitmaker writer Kim Eun-sook (Heirs, Secret Garden, A Gentleman’s Dignity) and is also currently trying to sign on Song Joong-ki for his army comeback drama.
On the other hand, Song Hye-gyo and Song Joong-ki falling in love while dodging danger as a soldier and a doctor working overseas in disaster zones? Hrm. I won’t say it can’t happen, but right now I don’t see it. Noona romances don’t trip me up (and in dramaland, you’d be out of luck if they did since almost everything is a noona romance these days), but she does have a different vibe than he does — I find her aloof and often inaccessible, and him more approachable — and I’m curious to see whether they’d find chemistry together. (Perhaps Song Joong-ki will have developed new shades after army duty?)
But that aside, this is a seriously ambitious project and it’s likely that considerations like star selling power, investor confidence, and global appeal would be the primary concerns; Descended From the Sun is aiming to broadcast in Korea and China simultaneously, and Song Hye-gyo is definitely on the shortlist of Hallyu actresses popular in China. The only way this drama could cast for more appeal in the Chinese market is to get Kim Soo-hyun instead. Maybe in a threesome with Lee Min-ho, and retitled Descended From You From Another Sun.
As of now, both castings are still just possibilities; Song Joong-ki hasn’t finalized his comeback project yet and Song Hye-gyo recently took a meeting with the producers recently to discuss the project, but has not decided. The drama will air on KBS this summer (marking a departure for Writer Kim, who had worked for SBS for most of her career), with a target premiere date in July.
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