‘The Sound of Magic’ halts production after actor Ji Chang-wook tests positive for COVID-19

His co-stars in the Netflix series, Choi Sung-eun and Hwang In-yeop, have tested negative

South Korean actor Ji Chang-wook has tested positive for COVID-19, halting production of the upcoming Netflix original series The Sound of Magic.

Yonhap News Agency reports that Ji and a member of the show’s production team both tested positive in a preemptive test. The two have since been receiving treatment under self-isolation.

Ji’s co-stars and the rest of the production crew will undergo testing while shooting is suspended, according to Naver (per Soompi). The 34-year-old actor stars in the series alongside Choi Sung-eun and Hwang In-yeop. Choi and Hwang have tested negative for COVID-19, per the Straits Times.


Helmed by Itaewon Class director Kim Sung-yeon, The Sound of Magic is the live-action adaptation of popular Korean webtoon Annarasumanara. It tells the story of a teenage girl with ambitious dreams of becoming a magician. Its cast was first announced in April.

Ji Chang-wook is set to play Rieul, who is described as “a mysterious magician who lives in an abandoned amusement park”. Hwang and Choi will play a pair of classmates who encounter Rieul and are later drawn into his magical world. The show does not have a confirmed release date.

Last week, it was reported that EXID member Hani had contracted COVID-19 while filming the upcoming drama IDOL: The Coup.

Ji, who starred in the action film Restricted Call earlier this year, is also known for his television roles in Healer and Suspicious Partner.