Im Soo-jung, Lee Jong-seok courted to join Jo Jung-seok in Time Renegade
Steadily employed film actress Im Soo-jung (All About My Wife) has been offered another plum role. She’s still considering, but if she accepts, she’ll play the female lead in Time Renegade, a melodramatic movie about a man in the past and a man in the present who use all of their efforts to change one woman’s fate. I’m not sure what Im Soo-jung’s destiny entails, but it must be pretty bad if we’ve got two men from separate time periods undergoing valiant endeavors to save her from it.
Kwak Jae-young, who directed 2001’s runaway hit My Sassy Girl, will helm. Jo Jung-seok (The King’s Wrath, The Face Reader) is reviewing an offer to portray the man in the past, and he may be reunited with Lee Jong-seok (also The Face Reader) who is being wooed for the job of present-day admirer.
Although I love this potential ensemble, I refuse to watch Im Soo-jung (who is lovely and delicate and quirky) in a melo, as she wrung buckets of tears from me, and I mean BUCKETS, in the 2004 drama I’m Sorry, I Love You (and I think I only watched the first and last episodes). I’ve sworn off tearjerkers in general since then (yep, I still hold a grudge, and it’s been ten years). If it turns out there is an uplifting note to the film or threads of lighthearted fare woven in — certainly possible with director Kwak — I may be convinced to watch, but otherwise, I’ll be satisfied with reading the reviews.
For those who enjoy a good cry, this is a talented group with a proven ability to tug at the heartstrings, so you may want to keep this movie on your radar. Im Soo-jung’s in the middle of shooting Secret Temptation, while Jo Jung-seok just wrapped filming on My Love, My Bride and Lee Jong-seok is currently headlining Doctor Stranger. All three are expected to make a decision in the next few weeks.
Time Renegade is expected to begin production in the latter half of this year.
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