Chinese actress Fan Bingbing is all set to make her K-drama debut with the upcoming JTBC drama Insider. The series will premiere later this year though the exact release date has not been made official yet.
According to the report published by The Korea Herald on February 21, JTBC had officially confirmed Bingbing has wrapped up her part of shooting in the drama. Although it is still not revealed weather the actress will have a cameo role or will be featured as a lead actress, the presence of the actress itself has made fans curious about the drama.
“Though the actor has joined Insider, detailed information about Fan Bingbing’s role is yet to be revealed, as it is closely related with the plot and storyline of the series,” JTBC said in its statement.
Up till now Fan has appeared in the 2011 South Korean war film My Way which will make her role in Insider her second Korean language career milestone and also K-drama debut.
Kang Ha-neul (When the Camellia Blooms) and Lee Yoo-young feature in the upcoming action-thriller drama called Insider. Kang will play Kim Yo-han, a judicial trainee who ends up in prison after being involved in an undercover probe. Meanwhile, Lee plays a successful and rich entrepreneur named Oh Soo-yeon.
The series will be 16 episodes long and will premiere on JTBC. Director Min Yeon-hong and screenwriter Moon Man-se are in charge of the project.
Fan’s career expedition
Fan’s early films and television appearances were in East Asian cinema and television, most notably in the drama series My Fair Princess (1998–1999). Cell Phone (2003), her breakthrough film was China’s highest-grossing film of the year. She went on to star in a number of Chinese movies, including Lost in Beijing (2007), Buddha Mountain (2011), and Double Xposure (2012). Fan earned honors at the Golden Horse Film Festival, the Tokyo International Film Festival, the San Sebastián International Film Festival, and the Golden Rooster Awards for her role as Madame Bovary in the film I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016).
Stretch (2011), My Way (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), and the Hong Kong-Chinese-American thriller Skiptrace are among her overseas cinema roles (2015).
Fan was named on Time Magazine’s list of the one-hundred most influential people of 2017 at the 2017 Time 100 Gala in Manhattan. She was appointed as a member of the jury for the 70th Cannes Film Festival in April 2017. In the same year, she acted in China’s first aerial warfare film, Sky Hunter. Several firms, including ReFa Beauty Care Tools, De Beers, King Power, and Montblanc, have designated Fan as a global ambassador. Fan starred in Cao Baoping’s criminal drama film The Perfect Blue in 2018. In the same year, she started shooting alongside Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, Sebastian Stan, and Édgar Ramrez in the spy thriller 355, which was released in January 2022.