Joo-won, Kim Tae-hee offered leads in SBS’s Yong-pal
Innnteresting, suddenly I’m a lot more interested in the upcoming SBS drama Yong-pal — although with the God’s Gift–14 Days director and Reset writer onboard, my interest was already piqued. But then you throw Joo-won (Cantabile Tomorrow, Good Doctor) into the mix, and well, I’m listening.
Yong-pal is about a doctor who falls into a huge amount of debt after putting his younger sister through kidney dialysis treatments. Desperate for money and using the alias “Yong-pal,” he begins making house calls to the wealthy, where he witnesses all manner of craziness (and, it’s implied, shadiness). Joo-won has confirmed receiving the offer to play the lead, while Kim Tae-hee (Jang Ok-jung, Live For Love) is up to play his co-star. (No word on her character just yet.)
With these producers onboard, I’m expecting an intense, darkly dramatic story, which is how I like Joo-won best (Gaksitaaaaaal); he’s totally fine in lighter projects and is all-around talented, but man does he turn up the intensity when the story calls for it. And while Kim Tae-hee has been hit or miss through her career, I’ve been warming to her more in recent years; for her, choosing the right character is really key. She doesn’t possess that special talent of turning a blank character into something great, but give her something to work with and she’s much more winning (My Princess).
I almost forgot that Joo-won and Kim Tae-hee were almost paired before in the unsuccessful action rom-com Level 7 Civil Servant, which is a shame. I mean, it’s not a shame that she averted disaster, but had she taken the role, at least the romance might have been cute and fizzy, which would’ve been an improvement. But let’s not cry over spilt milk.
In any case, I’ll certainly be keeping my eyes open for more news about Yong-pal, which will be getting the Wednesday-Thursday timeslot following Mask. That slot had previously been up for grabs, with both Will You Have Dinner With Me and Signal angling for the spot, but Yong-pal won out and will air in August.
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