On July 20, the press conference for the upcoming Netflix special episode 'Kingdom: Ashin of the North', starring Jun Ji Hyun was held online.
Writer Kim Eun Hee stated, "Could there possibly be another actress who is more suitable than Jun Ji Hyun, in Ashin? I am a big fan of Jun Ji Hyun and I always thought she was an actress with a wide spectrum. Jun Ji Hyun, who is also known as the queen of romantic comedy, played a dark and pained character in 'Ashin of the North', and it was cool. Ashin keeps her pain close, but I wanted her to look like a warrior who looked strong and dangerous on the outside." Kim Eun Hee also expressed her gratitude toward Jun Ji Hyun for accepting her role offer, and said, "I wrote [the script] with Jun Ji Hyun in mind, but I was worried that she wouldn't agree to appear."
Jun Ji Hyun also revealed that she was a huge fan of the 'Kingdom' series, by stating, "I was a huge fan of 'Kingdom'. When I met with the writer in a private setting before I was offered the role, I told her I was willing to even appear as a zombie in 'Kingdom'. I am so thankful that she gave me such a big role."
'Kingdom: Ashin of the North' is a special episode of the Netflix original 'Kingdom' series, which tells the story of Ashin, the successor of the northern village of Yeojin, and the secrets of life and death. 'Kingdom: Ashin of the North' will be released on July 23.