On March 12, SBS stated, “Lee Jong Suk has confirmed that he will appear in the two-part series ‘Hymn of Death.’ He has decided to not receive a guaranteed fee for his appearance because he simply wishes to express his love for short dramas and he wants to show his support for producing director (PD) Park Soo Jin, who worked with Lee Jong Suk on ‘ While You Were Sleeping ‘ and will be co-producing the upcoming production.”
“Hymn of Death” was the name of the most popular song released by Korea’s first soprano Yun Sim Deok in 1926, and her story has since been made into a film and musical. The new SBS drama will differ from the 1991 movie as it will not only follow the tragic love story of Yun Sim Deok and playwright Kim Woo Jin, but it will also shed light on Kim Woo Jin’s work, which is lesser known to the public.
Lee Jong Suk will be playing the role of genius playwright Kim Woo Jin, and PD Park Soo Jin stated, “I am confident that Lee Jong Suk will be able to perfectly portray the two sides of Kim Woo Jin as both a tormented intellectual and a young man in love. I am sincerely grateful to Lee Jong Suk for not only agreeing to appear in the drama, but also decided to receive no guaranteed fee for his appearance.”