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DRAMAWORLD Returns for Season 2 with HA Ji-won, Daniel Dae KIM and Henry LAU
Oct 16, 2020
- Writerby Pierce Conran
Liv HEWSON and Sean DULAKE Return as Leads in Fantasy Drama
The popular fantasy comedy-drama Dramaworld, featuring a mix of American and Korean stars, is returning for a long-awaited and supersized season 2. Liv HEWSON and Sean DULAKE return as series leads while global stars HA Ji-won, Daniel Dae KIM and Henry LAU, among many others, joined the cast for the new batch of episodes which wrapped shooting earlier this year.
First launched as a Viki Original on the Rakuten Viki streaming platform, Dramaworld focuses on Claire Duncan (Liv HEWSON), a student in Los Angeles addicted to K-dramas who is bored to death with her real life. One day, while watching her favorite show, she is magically sucked into ‘Dramaworld’, where she gets to meet the character played by her screen crush Joon Park (Sean DULAKE). In this ‘Dramaworld’, she is rescued by a ‘facilitator’ who invites her to help him quietly keep this fantastical world in check, but after a forbidden kiss, she finds herself far more involved than she bargained for.
Whereas the 10 episodes of the first season had 10-15 minute running times, episodes for season 2 will run a full half hour. The series shot for 52 days across 100 locations earlier this year in Seoul, shortly after the outbreak of COVID-19, making it one of the few productions taking place around the world this spring. Endeavor Content is acting as the sales rep for both seasons of Dramaworld.
Star of The Duelist (2005), K-drama sensation Secret Garden and recent Chuseok holiday champion Pawn, HA Ji-won joined the cast as a detective character of a 1980s gangster series who helps Claire on a mission in ‘Dramaworld’. Lost alum Daniel Dae KIM, who is one of the executive producers, is also new to the cast, along with singer Henry LAU, a former member of Super Junior-M, and character actor JUNG Man-shik, known for Inside Men (2015), The Tiger (2015) and this year’s BEASTS CLAWING AT STRAWS.
The series is helmed by returning director Chris MARTIN, who co-created the show with Josh BILLIG and is also an executive producer, along with DULAKE. The series is produced by Third Culture Content, a company co-founded by MARTIN and DULAKE, and the South Korean production company Raemongraein.