Here’s our first look at the main cast assembled for the epic underdog success drama May Queen, starring Han Ji-hye (The Duo) as a woman who pulls herself up from a harsh life and makes a name for herself in the shipbuilding industry. Jae Hee (Color of Woman) and Kim Jae-won (Can You Hear My Heart) play the two men who war for her love. These two are actually buddies in real life — they were both in the 2001 drama Our House, and then in the army together. So I can see some friendly competition coming into play, and hopefully some behind-the-scenes bromance to boot.
Kim Jae-won says: “I was really happy to be cast along with Jae Hee. When you shoot with actors you know really well, you understand each other and take care of each other, creating better synergy.” Well as long as you guys leave the fighting onscreen and give each other hugs behind the cameras, I’m happy for everyone involved. Kim Jae-won plays the prickly second-generation chaebol, heir to the giant corporation at the center of the story. He’s described as loose and carefree, which I suppose you can afford to be if you’re a chaebol. Oh, and he’s also a genius. God forbid we have a plain ol’ chaebol WHO ISN’T A GENIUS. What would we do?
There’s no description for Jae Hee’s character, but it’s pretty safe to assume he’ll be the polar opposite, an all-effort workaholic type who made his own way in the world and probably hates guys who are geniuses and heirs to companies. Just a guess. And Han Ji-hye plays the heroine, an oceanographer who climbs her way up from nothing.
The show is currently shooting its childhood episodes with Kim Yoo-jung (The Moon That Embraces the Sun), Park Ji-bin (Boys Before Flowers) and Park Gun-tae (The King 2 Hearts), a trio of child actors worth watching in a drama of their own. The 32-episode series will probably feature quite the loaded backstory for a good number of episodes.
May Queen follows Dr. Jin and premieres in August on MBC.
- Kim Jae-won to join cast of MBC’s May Queen
- Han Ji-hye becomes May Queen in drama comeback
- News bites: June 13, 2012
- Han Ji-hye provides a glimpse behind the scenes of The Duo
- Do You Hear My Heart? premieres this weekend
- Color of Woman: Episodes 1-2