Moon Geun-young offered lead in Chaebol’s Daughter
Moon Geun-young is eyeing a return to dramaland, and the project on the table is the SBS series Chaebol’s Daughter, which recently announced the possibility of Park Seo-joon (Kill Me Heal Me, Witch’s Romance) taking on the lead role in the project. Now this is a pairing I could get behind.
Chaebol’s Daughter comes from the writer-director pair of A Warm Word, which Park was also in, making it a three-way reunion. The drama centers around the youngest daughter of a chaebol family who wants to find a man who loves her for herself, and therefore hides her identity, working part-time at a food market.
So she’s the romantic and idealist, while the leading man is utterly cynical, believing that love is only an emotional tool used by the rich to control those below them. Seeing his dirt-poor parents struggle has turned him scornful against the rich, making for as poetic a pairing as we could expect of dramas and their fondness for opposites-attract love stories. I’m pretty sure love will conquer all in the end, but not without much tears and angst. (Wait a second, isn’t this story just Alice in Cheongdam-dong reversed? Well at least in this case she’d play the other side of the hidden-identity conflict, instead of just repeating herself.)
The plot could go either way for me, particularly as it’s described as a conventional melodrama, but the casting is what would draw me in — if both actors sign on, that is. Both Park Seo-joon and Moon Geun-young’s reps have confirmed receiving offers but haven’t made decisions yet, so the casting isn’t final. Park has been steadily drawing recognition for his roles in recent years, and has a really lovely groundedness and charm — I’m always happy to see more of him. Moon’s dramas in recent years haven’t been the most successful (Goddess of Fire Jung-yi, Alice in Cheongdam-dong, Mary Stayed Out All Night), but she’s one of those actresses who is capable of more than her roles have sometimes asked of her, and I’d love to see her come back with something solid.
Chaebol’s Daughter plans to air in June.
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