Lee Eun-saem, Lee Jong-hyuk and more to join Red Velvet’s Yeri in upcoming thriller K-drama

'Cheongdam International High School' will mark Yeri's first acting role since 2021’s South Korean web drama series ‘Blue Birthday’

Lee Eun-saem, Lee Jong-hyuk and Yoo Jung-hoo will be joining Red Velvet’s Yeri in the cast of upcoming thriller K-drama titled Cheongdam International High School (literal translation).

Earlier today (November 24), South Korean news outlet Xportsnews reported that South Korean actors Lee Eun-saem, Lee Jong-hyuk and Yoo Jung-hoo have been cast in forthcoming drama series Cheongdam International High School. News of their casting in the series comes several days after it was confirmed by SM Entertainment on November 21 that Red Velvet’s Yeri will star in the same series.

Red Velvet’s Yeri will act in forthcoming drama series Cheongdam International High School. She will star in the teen-led thriller as Baek Jae-na, a third-generation heiress involved in a homicide mystery.


Lee Eun-saem will star as Kim Hye-in, a character who grew up in poverty and is offered a chance to study at the Cheongdam International High School in exchange for her silence on a murder she witnessed. Meanwhile, Lee Jong-hyuk has been cast as Seoi Do-eon, son of the high school’s president. He is also childhood friends with Jae-na.

Rounding out the show’s official roster of characters so far is Yoo Jung-hoo, who will be playing Lee So-mang, who has ears all over the high school, and gets intrigued by Hye-in, the new transfer student.

Cheongdam International High School follows Jae-na’s rivalry with Kim Hye-iin as they are pit against each other in mental warfare. The drama will be distributed via an online streaming platform, although a specific avenue has yet to be announced. Other key details such as the drama’s release date and various other supporting cast members will likely be revealed in the coming weeks.

The drama will be Yeri’s first acting role in a year since Naver TV’s July 2021 web drama series Blue Birthday. The Red Velvet member made her acting debut with tvN’s Drama Stage – Mint Condition in March 2021.

Yeri will be releasing new music with her Red Velvet groupmates — Wendy, Irene, Joy, and Seulginext week with their new mini-album ‘The ReVe Festival 2022 – Birthday’. The record serves as the second instalment to their ‘The ReVe Festival 2022’ series, which commenced in March with ‘The ReVe Festival 2022 – Feel My Rhythm’, led by the single of the same name, ‘Feel My Rhythm’. ‘Birthday’ also marks the group’s second Korean release this year.

Prior to the forthcoming ‘The ReVe Festival 2022 – Birthday’, Red Velvet’s Seulgi made her solo debut earlier in October with EP ‘28 Reason’. She is the third member of the group to debut as a soloist, after bandmates Wendy and Joy, who made their solo debuts in 2021.