Lee Da-hae and Jang Hyuk? AGAIN? Are we making IRIS 2 or Chuno 2? The latest installment of the spy action IRIS franchise is now courting Jang and Lee for the leading roles, and both actors are reportedly “considering favorably.” If they sign on, it’ll be the third time they’re paired for a drama: once for Robbers, twice for Chuno… and maybe a third time for international spy antics is the charm?
I can’t help but feel like we’ve been there and done that, so many times over with this setup. There’s IRIS and its not-a-sequel-but-totally-a-sequel Athena, and a pair of leads who’ve been paired together twice before, for another go at the same universe. The sequel will take place three years after the end of IRIS, and follow original baddie Baek San’s organization all the way up to a Mr. Black who’s behind it all.
No word yet on the lead characters that Jang and Lee would play, but I bet I can get pretty close. Well, uh, spies. (Unless suddenly the sequel is going for the comedy and it’s about the mailroom clerks who work in the bunker and keep inadvertently saving the world.) One of them is a super-secret black-ops-trained agent who has a hard time taking orders. The other is a stickler for rules and doesn’t like teamwork. Nobody trusts anybody. They wear a lot of black. They have tragic pasts. They’re only allowed to fall in love in Japan. One or both might be evil, pretending to be evil but good, evil but then turned good by the powers of love, or all of the above.
Here’s my big question: WHY didn’t this franchise just give a drama to Kim So-yeon? So far my favorite characters in both IRIS and Athena are the sympathetic North Korean agents, played by Kim So-yeon, Kim Seung-woo, and Kim Min-jong. It’s likely because they’re given the most interesting and complex characterization, as agents with conflicted agendas. And each of them could carry a series on their own, not to mention what awesomeness it is when they’re together. Now that’s a show I’d watch in a heartbeat. Maybe Chuniris will reprise their characters, or… wait… MAYBE they’ll just re-cast all of Chuno, but just dress them in suits and give them guns? Okay, now that would be funny.
IRIS 2 is planning for an early 2013 broadcast.