Jo Hyun-jae cast as male lead in upcoming Chinese TV series
Korean actor Jo Hyun-jae has been cast in an upcoming Chinese TV series, according to his agency STARNHIT Entertainment on Wednesday.
STARNHIT announced in a press release that Jo will play the male lead in Chinese drama "Rouge Overload" (translated title) set to air on China's Hunan TV in February of next year.
"Rouge Overload," produced by Shanghai Media Group, will tell of the early days of the Republic of China while Chinese actress Andy Yang will play the female lead.
"We have decided that Jo should play the male lead since his popularity in China has been rising due to his past dramas '49 Days,' 'Only You' and 'Sedong' online," an official with the production company was quoted as saying.
Jo started out in the entertainment industry through a commercial for sports drink Pocari Sweat in 2000. He became well-known in Asia for his roles in SBS' "Rays of Sunshine" (2004), "Only You" (2005) and KBS' "Three Dads and One Mom" (2008).
He also appeared in movies "GP506" (2008) and "Untold Scandal" (2003) alongside Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon and Cannes best actress award-winner Jeon Do-youn.
Jo, who has been shooting "Rouge Overload" since August, will return to the country next month.
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