Lee Beom-soo and Lee Min-jung for Salaryman?
Some say it’s a done deal; others say they’re still deciding. Either way, new SBS drama The History of the Salaryman has got some big names attached from the get-go. Salaryman is the new drama from the Giant team: PD Yoo In-shik and writers Jang Young-chul and Jung Kyung-soon. It looks likely that Lee Beom-soo will play the titular salaryman (he’s been attached to the project for some time), while Lee Min-jung has recently sprung up as a possible leading lady. That production staff, along with Giant‘s leading man Lee Beom-soo? You’re basically looking at a Giant II: The Reckoning. It’s no wonder they’re calling this the “dream team” drama.
Giant was last year’s mega-epic, that went from 20% ratings to the very elusive 40% finale, that swept up all the awards at the end of the year. Salaryman is thankfully shorter than the 50-episode epic, with a planned 20-episode run. It depicts the trial and tribulations of the average salaryman, from humble beginnings to success. It sounds like the more realistic version of Giant, made for the everyman.
The drama plans to portray the salaryman’s loneliness and isolation, struggles, sorrows, hopes and successes in a realistic light. It’s described as a story that will have a cathartic effect on its audience. I see what they’re going for, and why. It’s the rare k-drama that actually attempts to stir emotion in the most mundane, direct-identification way, instead of going for high drama, crazy plot twisty stuff, as is the norm. The average salaryman’s struggles certainly ring true to more people than the plight of the chaebol, and we often feel more emotional pull from mundane true-to-life problems. Sometimes the quiet stories are the ones that really move you. And casting these two would be a hell of a start in the right direction.
Salaryman plans to premiere in November on SBS, following Thousand Day Promise.
Via Joy News
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