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LIST: Highly-Anticipated 2021 K-Dramas That We're Excited To Watch

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The new year brings a lot of new things, including K-dramas that will keep us up all night again! You guys, wala nanaman tulugan and I know we’re all here for it, amirite?? So prepare your devices, internet connections, and ~*feels*~, and mark your calendars for the most-anticipated K-dramas that you have to watch this 2021.

2021 K-dramas with confirmed cast members:

Mount Jiri

Who’s in it: Jun Ji Hyun, Ju Ji Hoon, Oh Jung Se, Sung Dong Il

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: Mount Jiri is a mystery drama that centers on individuals who climbed the tallest mountain in South Korea at the same name. And can we talk about that star-studded cast? Wow.

Vincenzo

Who’s in it: Song Joong Ki, Jeong Yeo Bin, 2PM’s Taecyeon, Kwak Dong Yeon

Release date: First half of 2021

What we know so far: An Italian lawyer-slash-Mafia-consigliere named Vincenzo Cassano returns to his home country and meets a lawyer named Hong Cha Young. 

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The Sea of Silence

Who’s in it: Gong Yoo, Bae Doona, Lee Joon, Jung Woo Sung

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: According to Netflix, The Sea Of Silence is set in a future, and is about the "members of a special team sent to secure a mysterious sample from an abandoned research facility on the moon."

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Snowdrop

Who’s in it: Jung Hae In, BLACKPINK’s Jisoo, Kim Hye Yoon, Yoon Se Ah

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: JTBC's first teaser, which was posted on October 5, tells us that the Snowdrop will be set in 1987 Seoul. It will tell the story of university student Young Cho (Jisoo), who secretly takes care of an injured man named Im Suho in secret. And that's when their love story starts. 

Hospital Playlist 2

Who’s in it: Jo Jung Suk, Yoo Yeon Seok, Jung Kyung Ho, Jeon Mi Do, Kim Dae Myung

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Release date: TBA

What we know so far: We have a lot to say about how lovely the first season of this K-drama is and how excited we are for Hospital Playlist season two, so just read our honest review right here.

Mouse

Who’s in it: Lee Seung Gi, Lee Hee Joon, Park Ju Hyun, Kyung Soo Jin

Release date: First half of 2021

What we know so far: The series Mouse involves psychopaths, DNA tests, a fetus in a mother’s womb, police officers, and a high school student. Interesting!

Monster

Who’s in it: Yeo Jin Goo, Shin Ha Kyun, Choi Dae Hoon

Release date: February 2021

What we know so far: Another psychological thriller to add to our list, this K-drama follows two detectives who are on a quest to hunt down a serial killer who questions everyone around them, even themselves.

She Would Never Know

Who’s in it: SF9’s Rowoon, Won Ji Ah

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Release date: January 18, 2021

What we know so far: She Would Never Know is based on the web novel, Sunbae, Don’t Put On That Lipstick and is about two officemates in a cosmetics company who have a sunbae-hoobae (junior-senior) relationship.

My Roommate Is A Gumiho

Who’s in it: Lee Hyeri, Jang Ki Yong, Kang Han Na, Kim Do Wan, Bae In Hyuk

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: A college student *accidentally* swallow a gumiho’s marble and to continue their lives, they must become roomies. Start-Up actors Kang Han Na and Kim Do Wan are also confirmed to join the cast!

Undercover

Who’s in it: Han So Hee, Ahn Bo Hyun, Lee Hak Joo, Park Hee Soon 

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: In search of an answer to his father’s death, the leading lady becomes an undercover agent who has major plans for revenge in this Netflix original series. Undercover is the first project of Han So Hee—you remember her from A World Of Married Couple—and Itaewon Class' Ahn Bo Hyun.

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Youth Of May

Who’s offered the role: Lee Do Hyun, Go Min Si, Lee Sang Yi, Geum Sae Rok

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: Soompi describes the upcoming series as a retro romance drama that is "...set to highlight the passion that underlies the group of young adults living through May 1980, a historically significant time period in Korea."

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Law School

Who’s in it: Kim Bum, Ryu Hye Young, Kim Myung Min, Lee Jung Eun

Release date: First half of 2021

What we know so far: A legal thriller set on campus, a number of law students find themselves in a peculiar case along with their law professors. Law School stars Tale Of The Nine-Tailed's Kim Bum and Reply 1988 Ryu Hye Young.

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River Where The Moon Rises

Who’s in it: Kim So Hyun, Ji Soo, Kang Ha Neul

Release date: First half of 2021

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What we know so far: The historical drama focuses on a princess who aspires to be the leader of Goryeo, who later on realized her feelings for the man that she once planned to use to her advantage.

Kingdom: Ashin Of The North

Who’s in it: Jun Ji Hyun, Park Byung Eun

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: Definitely one of the most highly-anticipated K-dramas of next year, this special episode of Kingdom will reveal the backstory of Ashin and what lies behind the resurrection plant.

Pachinko

Who’s in it: Lee Min Ho, Kim Min Ha, Jin Ha, Anna Sawai, So Ji Arai, Kaho Minami

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: From the bestselling novel of the same name, Pachinko is a project by Apple TV+ with eight episodes.

Hell

Who’s in it: Yoo Ah In, Won Ji Ah, Park Jung Min

Release date: TBA

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What we know so far: Directed by Yeon Sang Ho, who also oversaw Train To Busan, the Netflix original series Hell is “where humans face a supernatural phenomenon that could be a miracle or a curse,” according to Soompi.

Times

Who’s in it: Lee Joo Young, Lee Seo Jin, Kim Young Chul, Moon Jung Hee

Release date: February 2021

What we know so far: A drama about politics. Times returns to an incident from five years ago when a reporter seeks the truth about her father who passed away, who was also a reporter before becoming president.

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Money Heist 

Who’s in it: Yoo Ji Tae, Jeon Jong So

Release date: February 2021

What we know so far: Set in Seoul, the 12-episode Korean version of Money Heist is said to be a “giant in the fantasy-crime genre,” according to Netflix.

One Day, Destruction Came To My Front Door 

Who’s in it: Park Bo Young, Seo In Guk, Lee So Hyuk, Kang Tae Oh, Shin Do Hyun

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Release date: TBA

What we know so far: The tvN fantasy romance drama is written by Im Me-ari, who also wrote Beauty Inside, and will tell the story of a man who has the ~*power*~ to make everything he touches disappear.

Youth

Who’s in it: Noh Jong Hyun, Seo Ji Hoon, Ahn Ji Ho, Seo Young Joo, Kim Yoon Woo, Jung Woo Jin, Jeon Jin Seo

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: ARMYs, this one’s for you. Youth may have the same names as the BTS members, but it is said that their stories are fictional.

Dear.M

Who’s in it: NCT’s Jaehyun, Park Hye Soo, Noh Jung Ui, Bae Hyun Sung, UP10TION’s Lee Jin Hyuk, CLC’s Eunbin, Woo Davi, Lee Jung Shik, Hwang Bo Reum Byul, and Jo Joon Young

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: Who is M? That’s what you’ll soon find out in this K-drama which is a “spin-off of the hit web drama series, Love Playlist.

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Oh! Master

Who’s in it: Lee Min Ki, Nana

Release date: March 2021

What we know so far: Oh! Master is a rom-com series about an actress and drama writer who has different views about dating.

Joseon Exorcist

Who’s in it: Jang Dong Yoon, Kam Woo Sung, Park Sung Hoon, Kim Dong Jun, Jung Hye Sung, Lee Yoo Bi

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: The SBS drama is set after the Joseon Dynasty and will show how the supernatural came back to life after they were slain by the higher-ups. Interesting!

Sisyphus: The Myth

Who’s in it: Park Shin Hye, Cho Sung Woo

Release date: February 2021

What we know so far: The fantasy drama celebrates JTBC’s 10th anniversary and is about an engineer’s dangerous journey who happens to have a savior beside him. It was reported that the filming for this series has already wrapped up!

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Monthly House

Who’s in it: Jung So Min, Kim Ji Suk

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: In South Korea, housing is an important topic and this K-drama will reveal what it’s like. 

Hong Chun Gi

Who’s in it: Ahn Hyo Seop, Kim Yoo Jung, Kwak Si Yang, Gong Myung

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: This historical drama takes place in the Joseon period, and is derived from the novel of the same name, written by Jung Eun Gwol, who's also behind the books-turned-dramas, Sungkyunkwan Scandal and The Moon Embracing The Sun.

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Deluxe Taxi

Who’s in it: APRIL’s Naeun, Lee Je Hoon, Esom

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: A manhwa (webtoon) adaptation, Deluxe Taxi brings us to the life of taxi drivers who are willing to plot vengeance for their passengers.

School 2021

Who’s in it: WEi’s Kim Yo Han

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Release date: First half of 2021

What we know so far: Formerly School 2020, the KBS drama was changed into School 2021. Will keep you updated with the new narrative of this series!

Move To Heaven

Who’s in it: Lee Je Hoon, Tang Jun Sang

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: Move To Heaven will move us with its heartwarming story of an ex-convict who takes care of his nephew with Asperger’s syndrome. The show will be available on Netflix, and Lee Jae Wook and Ji Jin Hee will make special cameos.

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A Person Similar To You

Who’s in it: Go Hyun Jung

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: Soompi describes this K-drama as a story “...about a woman who is devoted to her desires and another woman who loses the light in her life due to the other. The drama will be about the affair, betrayal, corruption, and revenge that follows their meeting.”

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D.P

Who’s in it: Jung Hae In, Son Seok Gu, Kim Sung Kyung,

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: D.P stands for Deserter Pursuit and is a webtoon adaptation by Kim Bo Tong. The storyline is focused on a young man who is enlisted in the military and how he became a part of a special squad. It will be shown on Netflix!

Yumi's Cells

Who’s in it: Kim Go Eun

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: According to Soompi, the webtoon-adapted drama "...will tell the story of an ordinary office worker named Yumi—from the point of view of the many brain cells in her head controlling her every thought, feeling, and action."

That Night

Who’s in it:  Kim Soo Hyun

Release date: TBA

What we know so far: After turning down the cast offer for the Netflix thriller Finger, it was recently confirmed that Kim Soo Hyun will lead the remake of BBC's Criminal Justice. He will play the role of a college student who was suddenly suspected as the prime offender of a murder case.

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The Glory

Who’s in it:  Song Hye Kyo

Release date: End of 2021 or first half of 2022

What we know so far: Hallyu queen Song Hye Kyo will be reunited with Descendants Of The Sun writer Kim Eun Sook, who will pen her upcoming K-drama. It will be directed Ahn Gil Ho, who oversaw Memories Of The Alhambra and Record Of Youth.

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Other 2021 K-dramas and their rumored cast members:

Link

Who’s offered the role: Kim Seon Ho

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Now We Are Breaking Up

Who’s offered the role: Song Hye Kyo

Mr. Hong

Who’s offered the role: Shin Min Ah, Kim Seon Ho

Devil’s Judge

Who’s offered the role: Ji Sung, GOT7’s Jinyoung

Island

Who’s offered the role: Seo Ye Ji, Kim Nam Gil, Im Siwan

I Know But

Who’s offered the role: Han So Hee, Song Kang

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Moving

Who’s offered the role: Jo In Sung, Han Hyo Joo, Cha Tae Hyun

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Disqualified As A Human

Who’s offered the role: Ryu Jun Yeol, Jeon Do Yeon

You Are My Spring

Who’s offered the role: Seo Hyun Jin

Love Scene Number

Who’s offered the role: Kim Bo Ra, Shim Eun Woo, Han Joon Woo

Bossam Stealing Fate

Who’s offered the role: Girl’s Generation’s Yuri, Jung Il Woo

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Daebak Real Estate

Who’s offered the role: Jang Nara, CNBLUE’s Jung Yong Hwa

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