Song Jae Rim has confirmed his role as the second male lead in upcoming manhwa-to-drama adaptation Goodbye Mr. Black. He joins Moon Chae Won and Lee Jin Wook, who previously confirmed their participation in the series.

Goodbye Mr. Black is based on a manhwa by Hwang Min Ah that was first published in 1983. The story is an updated take on Alexander Dumas's classic novel The Count of Monte Cristo, where a man who was betrayed by his best friend returns years later under an assumed identity to exact his revenge.

Lee Jin Wook will be playing "Mr. Black" Cha Ji Won, an underwater demolition officer in the Navy Special Operations Force who faces hardships after his friend's betrayal. He meets Swan, a bright young woman who pretends to marry him in order to help him with his plans.

Song Jae Rim's character is Seo Woo Jin, the editor of a small newspaper who believes in the power of the people. In spite of his good looks and his high academic achievement, he has never been in a romantic relationship, and his looks go unnoticed under rumpled and unstylish clothing.

It's not clear how his character is involved with Mr. Black and Swan, but this character description sounds much more like sweet second male lead than villain so far. On the one hand, that's great because I want to root for Song Jae Rim, but on the other hand, I don't know if my heart can really handle watching him lose out on love yet again! Sigh. So often the second lead, so very rarely the lead.

Goodbye Mr. Black is scheduled to premiere in November on SBS following the conclusion of The Village: Achiara's Secret

What do you think of Song Jae Rim's new role and the rest of the cast? Are you looking forward to this series? Share your thoughts in the comments!


Watch Song Jae Rim's last role in Unkind Women: