Lee Dong Wook is returning to the small screen in 2020 with his upcoming tVN drama. He is confirmed to play the main role of a gumiho or nine-tailed fox.
According to Korean legends, a fox lives a thousand years until it becomes a gumiho. It then transforms into a beautiful woman who seduces men to eat their livers or hearts.
This otherworldly creature is always portrayed by females, such as Shin Minah‘s famous character in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho.
Lee Dong Wook is the first male to play this creature on Korean television, making it a serious break from usual gender stereotypes.
This is not the first fantasy role that he has taken on. He previously played Wang Yeo, a grim reaper in the hit drama Goblin (2016).