Park Shi-hoo (Alice in Cheongdam-dong, The Princess’s Man) has been out of the spotlight for the past year, but has resurfaced to take on the leading role in KBS’s upcoming revenge melodrama Golden Cross (as usual, he’s favorably considering and will probably take the role but hasn’t signed on the dotted line yet, etc).
Golden Cross is the story of a man whose sister is killed and his father framed for it, who then becomes a prosecutor and embarks on a mission of revenge. Lee Shi-young has been offered (and by some reports has agreed to) the role of as a prosecutor whose father was the guy who wronged our hero, while Han Eun-jung has been cast as a mysterious club owner.
Reasons to get excited about this: Writing is Yoo Hyun-mi of Gaksital, who has certainly proven an ability to write dark and twisty revenge stories. And the story has some interesting things going for it, even though the conflict at the heart of it is familiar to many drama-watchers: You killed my father, prepare to die.
Reasons to be wary: At one point I would’ve been thrilled to see Park Shi-hoo in another drama, but right now I’m wondering if it’s too soon after his very messy scandal last year. I followed the story as it unfolded (how could I miss it?) but had just about zero desire to write about it, so you won’t find any news on it here on Dramabeans; suffice to say that there were a lot of accusations, mudslinging, and reputation-smearing on both sides as Park was accused of rape with a woman he’d gone on a date with.
The case was settled out of court so we’ll never know more than that, but facts aside, when your name gets mixed up with a rape charge there’s always going to be a bit of a dark cloud hanging over you. At least for the immediate future. I suppose in that regard it may be easier to accept him doing a revenge drama than a fluffy rom-com (…maybe, I dunno, who’s to say). Only time will tell.
Golden Cross will follow Age of Feeling as KBS’s next Wednesday-Thursday drama, premiering in April.
Via TV Report
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