Nam Joo Hyuk to begin shooting for Bride of the Water God

The drama will air in the second half of 2017.

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Actor Nam Joo Hyuk portrayed the character of 13th Prince Baek-ah in SBS period drama, Scarlet Heart. Facebook

It's official now! Weightlifting Fairy's Nam Joo Hyuk will play the lead role in tvN's upcoming fantasy drama Bride of the Water God. The actor will enact The Water God Ha Baek, a temperamental deity who takes the most delightful woman as his bride in exchange of rain.

tvN has already confirmed that Shin Se Kyung, Gong Myung, and f(x)'s Krystal will play vital roles alongside Nam. The drama will air in the second half of 2017.

The script reading session is likely to be held tomorrow while the shooting will begin from March 22. Based on a Korean manhwa, Bride of the Water God narrates the tale of Soah, a girl who is offered up as a sacrifice to the water god in exchange of rains from prolonged drought. The channel has also revealed that the series will have a modern twist added to the traditional narrative. According to reports, Shin Se Kyung will play Soah, Gong Myung as Biryeom, the wind god, while Krystal will play Hera.

Post the release of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, actor Nam Joo Hyuk has become the most wanted bachelor among K-drama fans. In a recent interview, he revealed that he is ready for dating, which is giving sleepless nights to his female fans.

Nam told Elle magazine that he is planning to work on his masculine charm. He said: "I know that my looks lean towards a more innocent vibe so, in the future, I'd like to increase my mature and masculine charm."

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is a coming-of-age sports drama, inspired by the life of Olympic gold-medalist Jang Mi-ran. Nam played the role of a professional swimmer.

Nam's first on screen appearance was in the music videos of Akdong Musician and made his acting debut with a supporting role in the tvN drama The Idle Mermaid. His role in high school drama Who Are You: School 2015 won him the Best New Actor at the 4th APAN Star Awards. This was followed by supporting roles in Cheese in the Trap and Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.

This article was first published on March 15, 2017