BtoB's Yook Sung Jae has had a big year with his breakout role in School 2015. For those who were disappointed that he wasn't the main lead in that series, we have good news for you! Sungjae has just accepted the lead male role opposite Moon Geun Young in the upcoming SBS murder mystery The Village: Achiara's Secret.

In the series, Sungjae will play a rookie police officer who teams up with Moon Geun Young's English teacher to investigate the appearance of an unidentified corpse in a small village. 

Now, an important distinction here is that this series has been billed as an ensemble thriller, so Sungjae's leading role doesn't necessarily mean that he'll have a loveline with Moon Geun Young. Personally, I'm still holding out hope that if the drama decides to go the romance route, it will be with Ohn Joo Wan or Kim Jae Wook, who have supporting roles in the series. I mean, I love Sungjae and all and I'm very excited that he's getting such a big opportunity so early in his career, but...

I think we all know the right choice here. 

Either way, this is a massive role for Sungjae, and working with a cast full of talented veterans is the perfect chance to refine his acting chops. 

What do you think of the casting so far? Are you hoping for romance in the series? Share your thoughts in the comments! The Village is set to air on SBS following the conclusion of Yong Pal.

Watch Sungjae and Kim So Hyun in the high school series School 2015: