Kim Young-kwang courted for JTBC disaster drama D-Day
Well, I was fully expecting an idol lineup for the cast of JTBC’s new drama D-Day, since it was announced as a new drama production from SM C&C. I still wouldn’t call Kim Young-kwang an actor with “a weighty presence,” but I like him, especially in his more recent dramas where he’s found a good comic side to his performances (see Pinocchio, Plus Nine Boys). He’s the first actor being courted for the show, but that doesn’t always mean he’ll be the headliner either, so we’ll have to wait to see how the rest of the cast shakes out.
The new disaster drama is being planned as a summer blockbuster on the small screen, depicting a natural disaster that hits Seoul and wreaks havoc on the lives of average citizens. The main characters in the drama will be rescue workers and doctors fighting to save lives on the scene, and Kim Young-kwang has been offered a leading role as a doctor.
His character will be a general surgeon with a strong sense of duty and responsibility. He also has a rebellious streak in him though, and tends to get treated as an outcast. If they can really pull off the CG effects (they don’t have to be perfect, just believably cataclysmic), this could be a really tense, emotional thriller and an uplifting human drama. It’s a big if though, and I feel like we’ll have some competition in the trauma-triage zone with Kim Eun-sook’s Descended From the Sun. Hopefully there’s an epic natural disaster in store to differentiate this one.
D-Day is looking at the late-summer weekend slot following Beloved Eun-dong, but so is Yoon Kye-sang’s Last. May the best drama win? D-Day plans to start shooting in June.
Via Star News
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