BY Adrienne Stanley | Dec 31, 2015 09:28 AM EST
Lee Jong Suk will enter 2016 as a free agent, following the expiration of his exclusive contract with Wellmade Yedang.
On December 31, the Korean outlet Star News reported the latest development in representation for the 26-year-old Hallyu star.
Lee successfully transitioned from runway modeling to emerge as one of the top young leading men in K-Drama and film.
"After his contract with his current agency expires on December 31, Lee Jong Suk wants to take the time to carefully consider his next step," said a representative for the actor, in a statement published by Newsis.
According to the report, Lee will focus on developing his acting and will concentrate on promoting in Korea. The article emphasized the amicable nature of his parting from Wellmade Yedang, stating that the agency will continue to support his future endeavors.
His final project under the management of Wellmade Yedang is the Korean-Chinese co-production, "Jade Lovers," which will begin shooting in early 2016.
"Jade Lovers" is a highly-anticipated series that will reunite Lee with producer-director Jin Hyuk, whose prior credits include "City Hunter," "Doctor Stranger" and "Master's Sun." "Jade Lovers" has been billed as the companion to the 2015 hit Chinese series, "Diamond Lover," which starred Rain in one of his most lauded roles since he completed his mandatory military service.
In 2012, Lee Jong Suk experienced increased popularity through his portrayal of Go Nam Soon in the teen drama, "School 2013," where he appeared opposite his real-life friend, Kim Woo Bin.
His role as Park Soo Ha, a teen who possessed superhuman powers in the legal series, "I Can Hear Your Voice," further solidified his reach with drama viewers. However, his turn as Choi Dal Po, opposite Park Shin Hye in SBS's 2014-2015 hit, "Pinocchio," captured the hearts of international fans, particularly audiences in China.
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