Gianna Jun and Gang Dong-won Star in ‘Tempest,’ Korean Espionage Series for Disney+


South Korean stars Gianna Jun and Gang Dong-won are set to lead the cast of “Tempest,” an upcoming espionage action drama series slated for release on Disney+ next year. The series, previously known as “North Star,” is set in contemporary Korea and follows Jun’s character, a skilled diplomat and former ambassador to the U.S., and Gang’s character, an enigmatic former mercenary and special agent of undisclosed nationality, as they join forces to uncover the truth behind a dangerous attack that threatens the stability of the Korean peninsula.

Directed by Kim Heewon (“Queen of Tears,” “Little Women,” “Vincenzo”) and co-directed by renowned martial arts director Heo Myunghaeng (“The Outlaws 4”), “Tempest” boasts a screenplay by Chung Seokyung, known for her collaboration with Park Chan-wook on projects such as “Decision to Leave,” “The Handmaiden,” and “Little Women.”

Gianna Jun, also known as Jeon Ji-hyun, has captivated audiences with her performances in hits like “My Sassy Girl,” “My Love From the Star,” and “Kingdom: Anshin of the North.” Meanwhile, Gang Dong-won, who also serves as a producer on “Tempest,” brings his versatile talent to the series following acclaimed roles in films such as “Broker,” “Peninsula,” and “A Violent Prosecutor.” This marks Gang’s return to television after nearly two decades since his appearance in the 2004 SBS show “Magic.”


“Tempest” is a collaboration between production companies Imaginus, Showrunners, Studio AA, and Action School. The series will be available for streaming on Disney+ in international markets and on Hulu in the U.S.

Disney’s foray into Korean content has seen success with shows like “Moving,” which follows South Korean special agents protecting their super-powered children, and “The Worst of Evil,” centered on an undercover police officer infiltrating a Korean crime syndicate. With “Tempest,” Disney continues to expand its diverse offerings, tapping into the global appeal of Korean storytelling and talent.