Aw, I’m glad to have an update on Shin Dong-wook (Wish Upon a Star, Soulmate), even if it’s not to say he’s been cast in a drama or has concrete plans to return to acting. The actor has been out of the spotlight for the past five years after he was diagnosed with a rare illness, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS), and I’d occasionally wondered how he was doing because there have been very few updates since then. Now he has announced the upcoming publication of a novel he wrote in the intervening years while undergoing treatment, which will be released next month.
It’s titled I Write, Space Journal and it tells of a love story between a cranky genius businessperson and a genius theoretical physicist. (That’s all the detail that’s been provided, but already it sounds like a drama in the making!) He is considering some kind of event with fans following the release of his book, though no official decisions have been announced.
Shin Dong-wook intially fell ill in July 2010 while serving in the army; a sudden collapse turned into a year of hospitalization before he was ultimately given a medical discharge from the military. The disease causes sudden and severe onsets of pain and has no known cure, and while Shin had hoped to return to acting, he has been unable to make plans or promises to the effect. A rep from his agency explained that while the disease generally allows patients to live normally on a day-to-day basis, the suddenness of the attacks make it difficult to deal with, and he is not yet at a point where he can consider making an acting comeback.
I’m glad to hear something positive about Shin Dong-wook’s condition; I loooooved one of his early dramas, Soulmate, which remains on my all-time favorites list, and had always wanted to see more of him. Sadly, 2010’s weekend family rom-com Wish Upon a Star was his last project, and it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to see him acting anytime soon. But, priorities: At least he is doing well!
Shin’s novel will publish in November.