Jung Seok-won and Yoon So-yi join IRIS 2
This drama keeps adding people I like, in the eleventh hour. Is this your ploy to suck me back in, IRISverse? I was sort of planning to boycott when Kim Min-jong dropped out, but damnit, they’re trying to reel me back in. We’ve got new additions to the cast of upcoming spy action drama IRIS 2, and they’re intriguing ones. Jung Seok-won (Haeundae Lovers) has joined the cast as the younger version of Big Bad Baek San, and Yoon So-yi (Color of Woman) will play a South Korean defector who comes back as a North Korean spy. Dude.
Jung Seok-won has signed on for a “special appearance” to play the younger version of the IRIS franchise bad guy, Baek San (played by Kim Young-chul). The sequel promises to tell the story of how the secret organization IRIS began, and to that end they’ll spend some time digging into Baek San’s past. Okay seriously, this would’ve made a much better drama. Why didn’t they just do a prequel instead, with the younger Baek San as the main character? Then you could’ve had whatever appropriate era-specific politics as your backdrop, and the whole thing could’ve been an Anakin-Skywalker-esque tale of how he eventually becomes the Big Bad. Grar, somebody make THAT show.
Yoon So-yi will play a South Korean college student who meets Lee Beom-soo’s North Korean agent, and gets turned against her own country. She then sneaks into North Korea and trains in the special forces and counterterrorism units. How insanely fascinating. She freaking volunteers to go be a communist spy. It’s a nice twist on the usual characters we get in these dramas, and especially considering that it’s the third in the franchise, it’s good to know they’re working more twists in.
Once she becomes an agent, she then returns to her home country as a North Korean spy. The setup instantly makes both hers and Lee Beom-soo’s characters more intriguing at the outset. Was it love that turned her? Well-presented facets of socialism? Some kind of patriotism-shattering trauma? Good old-fashioned brainwashing? Guess I’ll have to give the show a chance, just to find out what happens to her character.
IRIS 2 follows Jeon Woo-chi and premieres February 13 on KBS.
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