It’s full steam ahead for Yawang, or Queen of Ambition, the latest drama adaptation of hit manhwa writer Park In-kwon’s work (Dameul, War of Money). Su Ae and Kwon Sang-woo have signed contracts to star, and the show has now secured a Monday-Tuesday slot on SBS’s January broadcast schedule. The 24-episode series will focus on the story of a fiercely ambitious woman who is dead set on becoming the First Lady and fights tooth and nail to get there.
The production has undergone a writer change, and now the adaptation will be scripted by writer Lee Hee-myung, of Rooftop Prince and Bad Family. Hm, that’s a mixed bag. I loved Bad Family, but the writing was a big weakness in Rooftop. I recognize his older ’90s dramas like Tomato and Mister Q, but my memory’s pretty fuzzy on what happened in those stories. Directing are PDs Jo Nam-gook of The Chaser and Jo Young-kwang of 49 Days. Again, mixed bag since the directing in 49 Days wasn’t anything to write home about, but The Chaser‘s director seems a perfect fit for taut suspense and political intrigue.
Su Ae stars as the ambitious heroine who overcomes severe poverty and dreams of becoming the president’s wife. Kwong Sang-woo is the sweet and innocent guy who sacrifices everything for her. The drama deals with fatal loves, betrayal, conspiracies, unstoppable ambition, and the downfall of humanity. So… light and fluffy, are we?
The heroine is described as “falling into the swamp of ambition,” like it’s an addiction she can’t shake, and it sounds like Kwon Sang-woo’s character doesn’t stay the sweet sacrificial patsy for long, because it’s the story of his revenge, as he seeks to punish the woman whom he once loved like life itself. Sounds like Nice Guy meets The Chaser.
The production plans to finish casting and start shooting by November, and airs in January on SBS.
Via BNT News
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