It’s a good day to be a Nam Joo Hyuk fan. Yep, the Hallyu star is booked, busy, and blessing us with yet another K-drama this year just fresh off the heels of his Netflix original fantasy series The School Nurse Files. To make things even better, he’s co-starring with fellow beloved Hallyu icon Bae Suzy! Titled Start-Up, as we've mentioned before, the upcoming drama follows four ambitious young minds struggling to make a name for themselves in Sandbox, a.k.a. South Korea’s fictional Silicon Valley.
Watch the first teaser trailer below.
Dying to know more after that 16-second tease? Here's everything that we know about the series so far.
Accompanying Joo Hyuk and Suzy for the main role status are Kim Seon Ho (100 Days My Prince, You Drive Me Crazy), and Kang Han Na (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Rain or Shine). Other supporting actors joining the cast incude Stephanie Lee, Kim Do Wan, Jasper Cho, Son Sun Mi, Yoo Su Bin, and Kim Hae Sook.
At the forefront of Start-Up is Seo Dal-mi (Bae Suzy), an energetic and versatile go-getter who dreams of becoming Korea’s own Steve Jobs. She eventually crosses paths with ‘math genius’ Nam Do-san (Nam Joo Hyuk), a tech entrepreneur with a failing company who she mistakenly remembers to be her first love. Despite the clear misunderstanding, Do-san takes this opportunity to work his way up the business ladder and, subsequently, into Dal-mi’s heart.
Meanwhile, Seon Ho is set to play Han Ji-pyeong, a senior investment manager at a venture capital company. Equipped with a sharp tongue and impressive investment skills, he’s earned the nickname “the Gordon Ramsay of investments.” Han Na, on the other hand, is starring as Won In-jae, a second-generation chaebol CEO who seemingly has everything anyone could ever desire. Her picture-perfect life, however, soon proves to be her downfall in in the start-up world as she struggles to find success on her own merits.
Helming the drama is director Oh Choong Hwan (Hotel del Luna, While You Were Sleeping, Doctors), while seasoned screenwriter Park Hye Ryun (Dream High, I Can Hear Your Voice, Pinocchio, and While You Were Sleeping) pens the script.
The Release Date
Once you’re done binge-watching The School Nurse Files this month, you won’t have to worry about suffering from a case of Nam Joo Hyuk withdrawal as Start-Up is officially premiering on Netflix this coming October!