Casting has begun on Heart to Heart, the new drama from Coffee Prince director Lee Yoon-jung, who recently made the jump from broadcast television to CJ E&M; she resigned from MBC in May, and this’ll be her first project for tvN. The two actors currently in consideration for the leads are Choi Kang-hee (Level 7 Civil Servant) and Lee Dong-gun (Mi-rae’s Choice).
According to a rep from tvN, Choi Kang-hee has been extended the offer and given the script. Some reports state that she’s given her verbal agreement, so it sounds likely that the casting will happen although things are, as always, not yet official.
Heart to Heart is a “medical romance and mental healing drama” set in a psychiatric ward. The heroine has a face that gets red without her control and thus goes around disguised as a grandma. (Is that really her only option?) Huh, well one part of that sounds like Crush and Blush and another part sounds like It’s Okay, It’s Love; how many Gong Hyo-jin projects will this resemble?
Meanwhile, the hero is a psychiatrist who lives in hiding following the death of his older brother, and the story will depict his struggle to overcome that trauma.
Despite having other projects since Coffee Prince ended seven years ago (see: the disappointing Triple), PD Lee is always referenced as “the Coffee Prince director,” and considering that drama’s stature in dramaland (a classic almost from the start) and the high praise for her breezy, introspective touch, I can see why there’s buzz about her next endeavor. We still lack some important details about Heart to Heart’s plot so it’s difficult to picture what the drama will be, but I do look forward to seeing how it’ll unfold in PD Lee’s hands.
Heart to Heart is planning for a January 2015 launch on tvN, although it hasn’t yet been scheduled.
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