SBS’s next Monday-Tuesday drama has reeled in its hero: we’ve got a confirmation for Go Soo, who will be the star of the next epic from the team behind last year’s hit political thriller The Chaser. This one’s called Empire of Gold, and will be the battle for one chaebol empire over the span of twenty years. Seems like the economy’s the hot topic lately, though it doesn’t quite have the same ring to it that time-traveling or body-swapping rom-com does, does it?
Empire of Gold will star Go Soo as the hero who comes from nothing, and fights tooth and nail “like a madman” to rise to the top. He’ll face off against Sohn Hyun-joo (The Chaser), son of chaebol conglomerate, and fall in love with said enemy’s little sister. Lee Yo-won is considering and still unconfirmed for the role.
It sort of sounds like the backstory of Kim Sang-joong’s character in The Chaser, just yunno, from a less evil perspective. Like if he were the hero… and a lot less evil. The story starts back in 1990 and will be a Giant-esque epic that covers multiple decades — in 30 episodes and 20 years it’ll cover the rise of this one empire and one outsider’s crazy ambition to have it all.
This’ll be Go Soo’s first drama in four years since Will It Snow For Christmas, and he picked a good team to work with, for sure. I’m admittedly less interested if it’s only about the battle for one conglomerate, since The Chaser had heart in the father angle and huge stakes in the presidential election angle, but at 30 episodes I do expect a much more complex story than the two-line summary that’s being released right now. Fingers crossed.
Empire of Gold follows Jang Ok-jung and premieres in July.
Via SBS E!
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