Korean remake of Liar Game lines up its cast of liars and swindlers
Here’s an interesting possible lineup: Lee Sang-yoon (Goddess of Fire Jung-yi), Kim So-eun (Horse Healer), and Shin Sung-rok (You From Another Star) are all currently in talks to star in tvN’s upcoming Monday-Tuesday drama Liar Game.
Liar Game is a remake of a Japanese drama of the same name, itself an adaptation of a manga, and is set around a literal game based on lying: The heroine is sent a mysterious note inviting her to join the Liar Game and given a huge amount of money, and she is instructed to somehow trick the other player out of their sum. When she falls victim to the other player instead, her former teacher, she loses her money and, in desperation, asks a consummate swindler to help her win the game. The series comes from PD Kim Hong-sun (of Warrior Baek Dong-soo and OCN’s Hero) and writer Yoo Yong-jae (Time Between Dog and Wolf), all of which seem like good credits to have when prepping a psychological thriller drama.
Kim So-eun sounds like the perfect choice to play a young woman whose honesty makes her an easy mark (with a spine underneath the niceness, I hope?). Lee Sang-yoon’s character is a former psychology professor at Seoul National University (which is Lee’s own alma mater, by the way, which he graduated from with a physics degree), but he’s also an ex-con swindler. The psychology degree must be one of his assets in reading the other people, as the show-within-the-show’s format is described as a “psychological survival game”—so, lots of persuasion, deception, and mindfuckery.
Shin Sung-rok will play the Liar Game’s inscrutable host and analyst who comes into conflict with hero Lee Sang-yoon, and if we know anything about Shin Sung-rok, it’s that he gives good villain. It’s also gratifying to see his career finally picking up steam in the wake of You From Another Star, because he’s flown under the radar for so long.
Liar Game will be the Monday-Tuesday drama to follow My Secret Hotel, which means that the drama initially slotted there (Uhm Tae-woong’s Valid Love, from the My Name Is Kim Sam-soon scriptwriter) will be pushed back to later in the year. Liar Game premieres in October.
Via TV Report
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