Confirmations are in for Jin Se-yeon (Age of Feeling), who was offered the lead in SBS’s spring Monday-Tuesday drama Doctor Stranger opposite Lee Jong-seok. She’s signed on to play the heroine (and her doppelganger, naturally), which means the show finally has a leading foursome secured. The casting isn’t terribly exciting, though it makes perfect sense that they went from Park Min-young to Jin Se-yeon, because they’re pretty interchangeable in my mind.
Doctor Stranger is the medical spy melodrama from PD Jin Hyuk of Master’s Sun and City Hunter and writer Park Jin-woo of Conspiracy in the Court. It stars Lee Jong-seok as a North Korean doctor who defected to the South and gets treated as an outsider in the hospital where he works. Park Hae-jin (You From Another Star) and Kang So-ra (Watch Out For Fools) play the other geeeenius doctors in the hospital.
Jin Se-yeon will play two roles, one as an anesthesiologist and Eastern medicine specialist. She’s the daughter of a merchant who emigrated to China, with a sweet, dutiful disposition. And then her doppelganger (I really hope they have a good explanation for why they have the same face other than “just because”) is a woman on a secret mission to get close to the hero. So I guess that makes her the spy in this spy drama. Earlier plot descriptions did mention the hero’s first love who ALSO had the same face; if that’s still true, it could mean that she becomes the spy, or there are just seventy gajillion Jin Se-yeons running around in this drama.
She’ll be coming straight from the set of her current Occupation-era epic Age of Feeling, which wraps just a few weeks before Doctor Stranger premieres. It’s actually not the first time she’s had such a crazy schedule, because I remember her joining shoots for Five Fingers concurrently with the last few weeks of Gaksital. Somebody get this girl a nap.
Doctor Stranger follows God’s Gift–14 Days in May.
- Doctor Stranger: Lee Jong-seok in, Park Min-young out
- Park Min-young offered lead in Doctor Stranger
- Park Hae-jin in talks to join Doctor Stranger
- Lee Jong-seok considers new medical drama
- Age of Feeling: Episode 1
- Promo stills from the set of Age of Feeling
- From the poster shoots for Age of Feeling
- Eunjung quits Five Fingers in the wake of T-ara’s scandal
- Gaksital (Bridal Mask): Episode 1