BY Julie Jones | Jan 07, 2016 12:15 PM EST
The list of stars keeps growing. The latest star to join the upcoming drama "Moon Lovers" is Girls Generation member Seohyun.
The singer-actress joins Lee Jun Ki, IU, Kang Ha Neul, Hong Jong Hyun, EXO's Baekhyun, Nam Joo Hyuk and Ji Soo.
The k-drama is based on the Chinese novel "Bu Bu Jing Xin" or "Scarlet Heart" by Tong Hua. The novel already inspired a 2011 Chinese drama, which made even bigger stars out of Chinese actors Nicky Lu and Liu Shi Shi.
IU plays the leading role int he k-drama version. She's a modern-day woman who unexpectedly travels back in time. In the original novel, the woman traveled to the court of an emperor of the Qing Dynasty. In the k-drama version she returns to the Korean Goryeo Dynasty. She finds herself in the body of a nobleman's daughter and her sister in that era lives at the royal court. So, IU has the opportunity to meet several princes. There are a few and more than one is eager to take over the throne.
Lee Jun Ki plays one of those princes, the fourth son of Wangeon, destined to become Goryeo's fourth emperor Gwangjong.
Seohyun plays Princess Woo Hee. She is the last princess of the Later Baekje Kingdom and she who becomes gisaeng or courtesan after the Baekje kingdom Falls.
Seohyun has expanded her acting resume lately. Seohyun and fellow Girls Generation member Taeyeon dubbed the Korean versions of the animated films "Despicable Me" and "Despicable Me 2." She made her drama debut in the 2013 SBS drama "Passionate Love," playing a supporting role. Then she tried a few musicals, appearing in "Moon Embracing The Sun" and the Korean stage adaptation of "Gone With The Wind."
Seohyun also played the second lead role in the Chinese film "So I Married My Anti-Fan," with another EXO member Chanyeol. Her character was an idol trainee who had a crush on Chanyeol's character. "Moon Lovers" will make two projects she has co-starred in with an EXO member.
"Moon Lover" is being completely produced before its air date in the second half of 2016, as it will be aired simultaneously in Korea and China. "Moon Lovers" is the first k-drama to receive an investment from the American entertainment company Universal Studios.
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