BY Adrienne Stanley | Sep 17, 2015 10:27 AM EDT
The production team for the highly anticipated KBS2 drama, "Descendants of the Sun," released the first still featuring Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo. On September 17, the Korean outlet Dispatch published the first photo, which was shared by the drama production company through its official Instagram.
The still depicts the on-screen couple in the midst of an action sequence, where Captain Yoo Shi Jin (Song Joong Ki) appears to have command over other UN troops that trail behind him. Doctor Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kye) has a distraught face and imploringly looks back.
Set within an alternate land called Wookreukeu, "Descendants of the Sun" focuses on the challenges faced by UN Captain Yoo Shi Jin and Doctor Kang Mo Yeon, who are deployed to the nation as part of a peacekeeping effort. In a country plagued by war and death, they must maintain their sanity while aiding those in need.
Song Joong Ki makes his K-Drama return in the series, following his mandatory military service. His role is highly-anticipated, as it follows the success of his last screen appearances in the 2012 hits, "The Innocent Man" and "A Werewolf Boy."
"Descendants of the Sun" differs from most Korean dramas in that all of the episodes of the series will be filmed prior to its air date. This is a departure from the live filming production format that characterizes most K-Dramas. While live filming or taping allows audiences to provide immediate feedback regarding the plot or love lines, "Descendants of the Sun" will benefit from the ability to dedicate time to craft quality acting and post-production editing.
"The Heirs" screenwriter Kim Eun Sook will be joined by "The Queen's Classroom" writer Kim Won Suk for the drama.
The series also stars Jin Goo (C'est Si Bon), Kim Ji Won (Gap Dong), and SHINee's Onew. "Descendants of the Sun" will premiere in late 2015.
About the writer: Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor for KDramaStars. She is also a contributing writer for KpopStarz, MTV Iggy, Viki and CJ Entertainment's KCON blog. Her passions include a love of K-pop and Asian drama. When she is not writing, she is hanging out on Twitter (@retrogirladdy).
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