Local Korean media recently reported that singer-actor Rain is all set to host KBS' upcoming idol rebooting project The Unit. However, in a telephonic conversation with My Daily, a KBS official clarified that Rain is currently reviewing the project and is yet to make a final decision.
Rain is currently filming the movie The Wolverine Wang Woobok Dong and if all goes well, The Unit will be his comeback to broadcast following his marriage to actress Kim Tae Hee this January. KBS-produced The Unit was originally titled The Final 99 Match. The program aims at providing a platform for aspiring idols. The program has an extraordinary audition program and is made with a whopping budget of 7 billion won. The Unit is likely to be aired in October.
So far, Rain has seven albums (six Korean, one Japanese), 28 singles and numerous concerts to his list; he made his acting debut in the drama Sang Doo! Let's Go To School in 2003. While, Kim is best known for her roles in Stairway to Heaven, Love Story in Harvard, Iris, My Princess, and Yong-pal.
Meanwhile, Rain, Kang Sora, and Min Hyo Rin are coming together onscreen for a period film that will narrate the life of the legendary Korean cyclist Uhm Bok Dong. Uhm was a Korean cyclist active during the Japanese colonial era. He became a heroic icon after winning cycle races against Japan's top cyclist during the era. For Uhm, cycling was a way of protest against Japanese colonisation.
Rain will play the titular role, Uhm Bok Dong, while Kang Sora will appear as Kim Hyun Shin, a fighter in Hwang Jae Ho's independence movement. However, the role of Min Hyo is yet to be revealed. The film will also star Park Jin Joo in an important role. The trio—Hyo, Hyun Shin, and Jin Joo—was last seen together in 2011's hit movie Sunny.
The biopic is bankrolled by Lee Bum Soo, who also make a special appearance as Uhm Bok Dong's cycling coach and independence fighter, Hwang Jae Ho. The initial shooting has already begun and the film is likely to hit the screens later this year.