Chae Rim is up for a new drama (yay), but it won’t be a Korean series (boo); she’s announced that her new project will be a series called Lee Family for China’s CCTV (Chinese title 李家大院). It comes from director Zhang Shaolin, who also worked on Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Hong Mo Fan.
Bummer. I really like Chae Rim, but I really wanted her back in a Korean drama, especially since she hasn’t done a good one in years. When she’s on, she’s so charming and funny (see: Dal Ja’s Spring, still one of my favorite rom-coms), but for some reason she’s been taking roles for older characters, many of them ajummas and single moms. (See: the less exciting Good Job, Good Job and Oh My Lady.) She’s only now 33, but she’s been playing mid-thirties characters for the last five years; what gives?
In any case, this new drama sounds like a melo, with a moving story and lots of emotion. It stars Chae Rim as a young widow, described as “lovely, wise, and skilled.” Yay for that, at least. After losing her husband, she uses her brains and her wisdom as a businesswoman and steps up as leader of the Lee family.
On the upside, in her statement about the role, Chae Rim added, “Shortly, I’ll be able to give my fans at home some good news, so I hope you’ll cheer me on.” Is it a drama, at home this time? It had better be.
Lee Family will begin filming in China, and Chae Rim has already headed to China for shoots.