Nam Sang-mi had been cast in “language master” writer Kim Soo-hyun’s upcoming drama series Life Is Beautiful, but has quit at this late date; filming is to begin in two weeks and the drama set to air one to two months hence.
Nam’s role in this drama would have come closely on the heels of her recent KBS series Invincible Lee Pyeong-gang, which ended on December 29. She had already participated in the script reading on January 7 and showed enthusiasm for joining Kim Soo-hyun’s “team” of actors. (The writer has penned hit series after hit series, such as Mom’s Dead Upset and My Man’s Woman, and often uses actors in follow-up projects; therefore, actors usually treat it as something of an honor to be cast in her dramas.) However, a last-minute “difference of opinion” arose between Nam and the producers. Nam’s side said merely, “Because of complicated issues, we had no choice but to make this decision.”
That’s too bad, since I have a soft spot for Nam Sang-mi, who acts with an endearing bubbliness, and was looking forward to seeing her paired with Song Chang-eui. Life Is Beautiful is set in Jeju Island and has also cast Kim Hae-sook, Jang Mi-hee, Kim Sang-joong, Lee Sang-yoon, and Nam Gyu-ri. It airs on SBS in March.