Chaebol’s Daughter loses Moon-Park pairing, gains Park Hyung-shik
There’s been a casting change-up for SBS’s new melodrama Chaebol’s Daughter, which was initially courting Park Seo-joon (Kill Me, Heal Me) to play the leading man and Moon Geun-young (Goddess of Fire Jung-yi) to play the titular heroine. Now reps from both actors’ camps have declared that they’re passing on the roles, which leaves the drama without a leading cast.
It’s not quite back to square one though, because they’ve added ZE:A idol Park Hyung-shik to the cast as a secondary character. He’s been steadily rising in the ranks with supporting roles (Nine, Heirs, What’s With This Family), and will play one of the major characters in Chaebol’s Daughter.
The melodrama from the writer-director team behind A Warm Word is about a chaebol’s daughter who wants to be loved for herself and not her money, and so disguises her identity to become a part-time worker at a food market. The male lead is a cynical man from a poor family who believes that love is emotional manipulation and a luxury for the wealthy, and the drama is about them struggling to reconcile their love and their money in the real world.
Park Hyung-shik has been cast to play the executive director of a shopping mall. He grew up so wealthy that he never once had to tie his own shoelaces (this is a good thing?). He spends his money well and gets by on his looks, so people assume that he’s just coasting by in life. But he’s a confident young man who believes that he’s going to inherit his family’s shopping mall someday.
One day he meets the part-time employee at the market and falls for her, making him rivals with the hero. It’s not the most inventive love triangle — one guy’s rich, one guy’s poor — but the heroine’s disguise does shake things up a bit, and since her stipulation is that she’s loved for herself and both boys believe her to be poor, they have equal potential to win her heart. It’s a shame that Moon Geun-young and Park Seo-joon won’t be working together, but with both of them out, at least it wipes the slate clean for a new pairing altogether. Maybe it even leaves Park Seo-joon open to headline a rom-com? *puppy eyes*
Chaebol’s Daughter is aiming for a June premiere following Heard It Through the Grapevine.
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