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Song Hye Kyo To Play Teen Mom

BY Joan MacDonald | Oct 15, 2013 02:17 PM EDT


Song Hye Kyo caused viewers to shed plenty of tears with her heartbreaking portrayal of the blind heiress Oh Young in this year's hit melodrama "That Winter The Wind Blows." But her upcoming film project may also cause viewers to cry their way through another box of tissues.

In her new film she will play the teenaged mother of a boy with progeria, a rare genetic condition that causes rapid aging starting in childhood. The film "Dugeum-Degum My Life," for the sound of a beating heart, has also been called "My Palpitating Life."

Being a teenaged mom is already difficult but since her child, A-Reum, has such a serious condition, it will be a struggle. It means she will have to grow up in a hurry. But can she grow up fast enough? Because of her son's accelerated aging, at one point in the story Song Hye Kyo will look younger than her child.

The film's script is adapted from an original novel of the same name by Kim Ae Ran. Lee Jae Yong, who directed the films "Actresses," "An Affair," and "Untold Scandal" will direct the film and he especially wanted Song Hye Kyo to be in it.

It will be his first new commercial film in seven years as he last directed "Daesepo Naughty Girls' in 2006. It has been two years since the release of her last film, "A Reason To Live." This year she also appeared in the film "The Grandmaster" and she is currently in China, filming "The Crossing."

Song Hye Kyo is very particular about the acting projects she takes on. Four years passed between her 2004 role in "Full House" with Rain and her 2008 role in "Worlds Within" with Hyun Bin. Another five years passed before she returned to dramaland for her role in "That Winter The Wind Blows," co-starring Jo In Sung.

Song said that she chose this film as her big screen comeback because she knows the director and liked what she read of the script.

According to her agency UAA, "Song Hye Kyo has been wanting to work with Director Lee Jae Yong and more than anything she loved the scenario. That's what made her decide."

No other roles have yet been cast.

The same production company who created "All About My Wife" and "Jeon Woo Chi" will produce the film.

Filming is expected to begin in January with a release date some time next year.

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