'Running Man' member Lee Kwang Soo bags new drama role as male lead

Noh Hee-kyung is a well-known South Korean television screenwriter and essayist.

Lee Kwang Soo
South Korean actor Lee Kwang-soo. Facebook/Leekwangsoo

'Running Man' member and actor Lee Kwang-soo, affectionately called Giraffe due to his height, will be taking on the male lead role in upcoming television drama, tentatively titled 'Live.'

As noted by website Soompi, Lee Kwang-soo's agency King Kong by Starship revealed on June 19, "Lee Kwang-soo was offered the role of a young police officer in Noh Hee-kyung's new drama 'Live' and is positively looking over the offer."

Noh Hee-kyung is a well-known South Korean television screenwriter and essayist. Her other credits include, 'Dear My Friends,' 'It's Okay, That's Love,' 'That Winter, the Wind Blows,' 'Worlds Within' and 'Goodbye Solo,' among others. She is known for tackling relationships and lives of ordinary people and her dramas are often grounded and realistic.

The female lead role has been offered to actress Jung Yoo-mi, who is currently considering the offer. As noted by Soompi, a source from Yoo-mi's agency said on June 13, "Jung Yoo Mi received a casting offer for the drama 'Live' (tentative title) and is looking over it." The actress has previously worked with Noh hee-kyung before, in KBS's 'Discovery of Love,' in 2014.

As per Soompi, 'Live' will portray grassroots democracy through a police patrol division and will be about the celebration of the justice of democracy. The drama will also deal with the concept of discovering one's true self, and not about mere growing up. The project will be directed by Kim Kyu-tae, who has previously helmed three of Noh Hee-kyung written dramas before.

'Live' will reportedly begin filming later this year and is looking to finish and air from early 2018.

Meanwhile, Lee Kwang-soo has found a new admirer in 'Running Man.' Soompi notes, the June 18 episode of the variety show featured a guest appearance by actress Jung Hye-sung. She is known for the KBS drama 'Love in the Moonlight' and more recently in 'We Got Married.'

Hye-sung told Lee Kwang-soo, "I like guys like you. Guys who are thin and tall, who make me feel protective." Lee Kwang Soo was elated and added, "But remember, don't fall too far for me. We should get to know each other slowly." To this, Kim Jong-kook hilariously added, "Kwang Soo always falls in love so fast."

Soompi also notes that throughout the episode, Jung Hye-sung was seen holding Kwang-soo's hand, hugging him from behind and even teasing him by saying he's adorable. Kwang-soo was both delighted and embarrassed and didn't really know how to properly react to such showering of affection.

This article was first published on June 19, 2017