Is Lee Jun-ho back? 2PM singer to star in MBC's drama series opposite Park Hye-soo
MBC has announced the lead role for 2PM's Jun-ho for a new drama series arriving this fall.
It has been a long wait for Junho fans who have been anticipating to see the singer-songwriter, dancer, and actor back in action after his mandatory military service.
On May 30, 2019, Junho began his mandatory military service as a public service worker since he was deemed unfit for active duty after suffering from a shoulder injury in 2010. He will be discharged on March 20, 2021.
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While anticipation for new music from Jun-ho or his group '2PM' after his discharge has been high, fans will get a chance to see the singer flexing his acting chops once again. MBC has reportedly been offered Junho a male lead casting role in the upcoming drama series 'The Red-Stained Cuff' (literal translation). According to reports on March 8, the series will be aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays and is set to premiere in September.
'The Red-Stained Sleeve Cuff' is a fictional historical romance series based on a real figure and the novel series 'Otsomae Beulgeun Kkeuddong' by Kang Mi-Kang. It depicts a love story between King Jeongjo and royal concubine Uibin Sung.
Ui-bin starts her life as a lowly consort but rises up the ladder to high queen status by giving birth to the king's successor. Jun-ho's role will be the young Prince Jeongjo of Joseon, a successor to the throne who aims to live the model life drawn up for him by his grandfather, King Jeongjo. According to the series Asian Wiki page, Park Hye-Soo has been tapped for the lead female role and she is "positively considering" the offer.
Is '2PM' making a comeback?
Meanwhile, several reports are predicting that '2PM' might make a comeback in 2021, but according to member Taecyeon, this is an unlikely possibility. Following a statement by the group's label JYP Entertainment in January where it seemed a comeback may happen this year, Taecyeon recently shared that he is uncertain. As per a translation by Soompi, Taecyeon told Korean publication Singles magazine that "We are practicing, but it’s uncertain if it’ll happen this year."
"We are planning things, but because a lot of different situations are overlapping, I think it’s important that we organize first."