With the year half-over, expect more 28-year-old actors to cram in last projects and head off for their mandatory military service, since 1981-ers who have not yet completed their requirement will have to fulfill it this year. Actor and singer Lee Dong-gun (above) has announced that he will be heading off to serve in active duty next month.
Lee recently received his papers and will go without further postponement. His last event as an entertainer will be a fanmeeting to take place on July 18 in Seoul. In contrast with some actors who have busily packed their last months with project after project, Lee has kept fairly under the radar over the last year, ever since wrapping 2008’s MBC drama series When Night Comes(aka Every Night) with Kim Sun-ah. He did release a single album in Japan, but hadn’t really had the chance to do much promotional work for it. The only time he surfaced in the news recently was when it became known he is dating A Star’s Lover actress Cha Ye-ryun.
Meanwhile, actors who have headed off this year for army duty include Jo In-sung, Kim Jae-won, and Jo Seung-woo. Those yet to enlist who are expected to do so soon include Kim Rae-won, Lee Ki-woo, and Jo Han-seon.