Two Kwons for the price of one
Recently married Kwon Sang-woo (Bad Love) is looking for his next drama project, and he seems to have settled on one: Cinderella Man.
Kwon unexpectedly dropped out of his last film project at the last minute, which he was to star in with Ha Ji-won, and suffered a few criticisms for it. His high-profile drama before that, Daemul (with Go Hyun-jung), was canceled before it even got off the ground. His last drama, Bad Love, was a flop. Kwon is a big enough celebrity that I wouldn’t say he’s been in a slump, but he IS in danger of some of that luster wearing off his star.
Hopefully he’ll get it back with Cinderella Man, which comes from the writer of SBS’s Save the Last Dance for Me, Jo Yoon-young, and the director of MBC’s Good Person. Cinderella Man refers to the fairy tale, not the boxing movie, as it is described as a trendy drama following the tale of the “Prince and the Pauper.”
In it, a young man who makes his living making clothes for room-salon hostesses in his Dongdaemun market stall (read: cheap and unlucrative) has the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change lives with the young successor to a top fashion company. Kwon — get this! — plays both roles.
(Puahahaha! I love these “stranger is inexplicably identical with another stranger and they switch lives” storylines! Because this is a kdrama, either we will be forced to suspend our disbelief or they’ll turn out to be twins. Either way, it is so, so cheesy.)
As with so many of these announcements, the ink has not yet been signed on the contracts but Kwon is close to being finalized. His female costar has yet to be selected, but given Kwon’s high profile, a drama production source says, “We’re contacting top actresses who will match well with Kwon Sang-woo.”
Cinderella Man is looking for a slot on MBC’s April 2009 schedule.
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