Yawang beefs up its cast, begins production
We’ve got new cast additions to upcoming drama Queen of Ambition (or Yawang), the next installment in the same manhwa series as Daemul. It stars Su Ae as an ambitious woman determined to shed poverty and become the first lady, and Kwon Sang-woo plays the good guy who’s in love with her, and therefore at the mercy of her insatiable ambition. The 24-episode drama has scored a spot on SBS’s January roster, and is set to follow Monday-Tuesday show King of Dramas.
Joining the cast is Yunho (Poseidon), as a younger man in love with Su Ae’s character. He’s described as having an “absolute love” for her, which in melodrama territory usually means bad things. Well, let’s face it — in melodrama territory, everything means bad things. I’m totally meh about Yunho being the second lead, ’cause he’s still hugely lacking in the emotional range department, and I have a hard time picturing him going head-to-head with Su Ae and Kwon Sang-woo.
This news I’m more excited about: Kwon Hyun-sang (Vampire Prosecutor 2), who you’ll either recognize as Red Eyes in Vamp or one of the king’s soldiers in The King 2 Hearts (or not at all, given that he’s still relatively new) has been cast as Kwon Sang-woo’s little bro. They’re not related by blood — they grew up in an orphanage together — but he’s basically the best friend/little bro character. I dig this guy — he’s a good supporting character actor, and he’s got range.
And then there’s Go Jun-hee (The Chaser), who has been cast as Kwon Sang-woo’s love interest… kind of. I guess Kwon Sang-woo’s character has an identical twin hyung, and Go Jun-hee plays the hyung’s girlfriend. Uh, that’s a little confusing. So this is a twin drama? Why is this the first time I’m hearing about the whole twin sub-plot?
The drama will be helmed by PD Jo Young-kwang of 49 Days and writer Lee Hee-myung of Rooftop Prince, and will be the tale of a “fatal love and betrayal,” an “ambition that can’t be stopped,” a conspiracy, and “the destruction and salvation of human existence.” Uh, ambitious much? Guess it’s a running theme, within the drama and out.
Yawang premieres in January on SBS, date pending King of Dramas’ possible extension.
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