A still from "Dae Jang-geum" features South Korean actress Lee Young-ae. [File Photo: 163.com]
South Korea's highly popular 2003 television series "Dae Jang-geum," or "Jewel in the Palace," will be made into a feature film, the Chinese web portal 163.com reported.
China's Xi'an Film Studio will cooperate with a South Korean film company on the project, officials said at the company's fiftieth anniversary celebration on Saturday in Xi'an.
Lee Yeong-ae, who attained fame through the smash-hit TV series, again will play the heroine, Seo Jang-Geum. South Korean heartthrob Song Seung-hun also will be cast in a role, although the exact one has yet to be determined, the report said.
Chinese actors and actresses are expected to play some lead roles, but the details have not been decided.
Other reports have cited speculation that China's Zhang Yimou had been invited to direct the film, but he declined.