Descendants of the Sun: Will Song Joong-ki return in the sequel?
Song Joong-ki made his grand comeback to Korean drama from the mandatory two-year military service taking on the role of Captain Yoo Si-jin in the mega-hit KBS drama Descendants of the Sun that swept Asia. Given the high audience ratings and an open ended finale, rumor has it that a follow-up for the drama is already in the pipeline, according to Vine Report.
The military-medical drama partners the 30-year-old actor to one of Hallyu’s pioneering leading ladies, Song Hye-kyo who played a doctor named Kang Mo-yeon. Both leads, Joong-ki and Hye-gyo are top stars in Korea, and it can be presumed that their schedules have already been filled even before the end of Descendants of the Sun.
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While fans of the popular drama are elated with the possibility, show producer Lee Eung-bok admitted to Yonhap News that it might be difficult to proceed with a second season – not for the lack of story but because of the difficulty to bring all of the cast members back together given their respective schedules. “Season 2 would be nice, but I don’t know about its possibility,” she said. “We’d have to keep all the main cast, whose schedules won’t be easy to coordinate. We’d also need the two writers again, and that might be hard.” It has been reported that after the glorious success of Descendants of the Sun, scriptwriter Kim Eun Sook is all set to amaze her fans with an another rousing series to be aired on tvN, IB Times reported. Scheduled to release in November, it is stated that the upcoming series, unlike Descendants of the Sun won’t vouch for “romantic cuteness” and “happy endings”. While the cast for the forthcoming drama has not been revealed, it is said that Eun Sook wants Gong Yoo to play the main lead.
Jin Goo (Seo Dae-young), who has found renaissance in his long career through the drama, as well as Kim Ji-won (Yoon Myung-ju) will presumably have their respective projects coming out of a popular drama like Descendants of the Sun. The thought, however, of pursuing a Descendants of the Sun 2 without its main characters is also possible as seen with another KBS drama, Iris.