Lu Han isn’t the only EXO member/alum getting some media attention this month. According to an article by Soompi, Kai of EXO-K is set to star in a new web drama, his first acting gig ever. The drama’s working title is “Choco Bank,” and the series is set to run six episodes at a running time of ten minutes each.
Produced by Cheil Worldwide Inc. (under Samsung Group), the series will focus on the financial aspects of business startups. Kai will be playing the character of recent college graduate Kim Eun Haeng – a name that translates in Korean to “bank.” This is because his father on the series wanted his offspring to be money savvy and financially minded. Simple context clues will tell us that his father may be pretty domineering and heavily involved with his son’s undeclared path. (That’s the nicest way I could put “deciding your son’s path for him.”)
This is a change of pace for young up and coming pop stars out of China and South Korea, with the description for the web series reading a bit more mature and sophisticated compared to your average teenage dramas. There’s a strong chance for this series to be relatable to 20-somethings on the eve of their careers.
Having the episodes a shorter length and streamed online is another contributor to the potential success of “Choco Bank.” This format is easy for the public to take in, with the show being easily accessible anywhere and taking a short amount of time to watch.
Kai is part of the “K” division of EXO (K for Korean, and M for Mandarin), and is partly responsible for the band’s critical and commercial success. Down from twelve original members to nine currently, including Kai, the band is still running strong. Though Kai is on tour with EXO, filming for “Choco Bank” will begin this month.