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Jung Jae-young, Song Yoon-ah, Ji Jin-hee for political drama Assembly

Ooh, will we see Jung Jae-young’s television debut this summer? It’s hard to believe that the 25-year veteran film actor has never stepped foot in dramaland, but he’s the kind of lead actor who regularly has two films released a year (Fatal Encounter, Wandering Blade, Moss), so I guess it’s safe to say he’s been a little busy. Jung is currently being courted to headline the new KBS political drama Assembly, about the inner workings of the Korean National Assembly.

The new drama comes from writer Jung Hyun-min, of last year’s hit KBS sageuk Jung Do-jeon. He was actually a political aide in the National Assembly for ten years prior to becoming a drama writer, so we can expect an accurate portrayal of the politics in play. Surely there’s enough real-life drama in high-powered government to fuel a show or ten.

Assembly will be about a working-class man who gets newly elected to the National Assembly and a political aide who’s good enough to be a member of the assembly herself. Jung Jae-young has been cast as the lead character, a former welder who goes into politics sort of incidentally while fighting a layoff. He’s wide-eyed and full of idealistic notions, and the drama is his success story as he learns the hard way how to achieve anything in government.

Song Yoon-ah (Mama) has been offered the role of a whip-smart political aide who’s as good as any member of the assembly. She’s known as the Yeouido Don Quixote, though perhaps less literally a knight with flights of fancy, because she’s known as a hero. Ji Jin-hee (Blood) is also considering the role of Jung Jae-young’s greatest political enemy. He’s a reelected member of the assembly and the leader of the majority party in power.

It sounds like a hard-hitting drama and they’re certainly casting for gravitas, which is no surprise given Jung Do-jeon’s track record. Directing is PD Hwang In-hyuk of Myung-wol the Spy, which frankly doesn’t inspire a lot of excitement, but I also fully expect the writer and cast to carry this show. Let’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington the hell out of that assembly, Mr. Welder, Man of the People. *fist pump*

Assembly follows Masked Prosecutor on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning in July.

Via Star News, TV Report, SBS funE

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This could be awesome!

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Ji Jin-hee in a quality modern drama? That would be nice. He's been wasted in so many clinkers.

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I don't know. Ji Jin hee is really boring.

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Might be the writing for many of his dramas.

JJH was good as the eccentric architect in "The Man/He Who Can't Marry" and was pretty charming as the king in "Dong Yi."

Anyway, definitely would be interesting to see Jung Jae-young in a drama as he is an awesome actor.

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He was great in Dae Jang Geum, too.

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No freaking way! Jung Jae-young on tv? Someone please tell me this is not a joke. A cameo appearance would have been too much to ask but he's going to be in a whole dang tv drama? Unbelievable!!! Thank you Santa for my early birthday present.

Holy crap dramaland! Ji Jin-hee in the same drama too? I'm going to die of happiness!

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I meant christmas present lol.

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I could safely say the casts alone can carry the whole drama! The three (offered) leads are really great!!

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The writer is rock solid too.

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Wut. O_O oh ok. I can't complain...(Tae-joon can just cameo as president, that'd be hilarious)

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I'm very excited to have Jung Jae Young in dramaland! I watch all of his movies that I can find online. Hope this year I can see his face more on screen! ^_^

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No flower boys drama again after MP... I'm happy! Goodluck for this :) Seems like gonna be KBS hit this year :)

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KBS is doing it right, unlike another network that shall not be named

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LOL

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Well.. Sorry to say that all the Best Drama nominees at Baeksang Art Award are NOT KBS dramas.
And, actors and actresses are from Non KBS dramas either.

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"Let’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington the hell out of that assembly, Mr. Welder, Man of the People."

I didn't understand this line....can somebody explain?

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Just google the "Mr Smith Goes to Washington" movie which stars Jimmy Stewart and that should help you understand.

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"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" is a 1939 American film about politics with a similar premise to this drama. It had an all-star cast, and was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful, so girlfriday is just making a (positive, hopeful) reference to that film, considering the similarities between that film and this upcoming drama.

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ah so Jung Hyun-min is Korean version of Lawrence O'Donnell, who was a senate aide before leaving the job and produced "The West Wing."

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I hope this is going to be the next Punch!

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Hell yes! Jung Jae-Young! Also, Song Yoon-Ah's character sounds interesting. I'm excited to see how this drama shapes up.

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Lol if he's nominated for award shows, is he up for best actor or best newcomer/rookie?

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Hahahaha!!! That is an interesting angle! We should make a thesis out of that! Bwahaha!!!

Best Newcomer/Rookie Award for Jung Jaeyoung hehehehe JK

Jo Seung-woo won MBC Daesang in his television drama debut Horse Doctor....

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Sometimes I still can't wrap my head around the fact that the people in Korea plans these dramas so early ahead(like they're planning this when Masked prosecutor haven't even start broadcasting) , but yet everything is decided and done so last minute and had to work the entire crew to the point of fatigue. Not to say I don't enjoy the results but it's really hard on the people.

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I loved also the "President" 2010 drama penned by Jeong Hyeon-min. I hope both Jung Jae-young and Ji Jeen-Hee accept.

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i'd vote for jung jaeyoung any day!!!

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Oooohhhh this is truly a strong cast for me!!!
This will really work! Omggg really interested!!! JUST THE CAST IM COMPLETE

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And now I really read the plot!!!! Ok I am soooo in. Whatever it takes, I am so into this!! Jung Jae-young NO LESS hahhh. And Song Yoona!! And Ji Jinhee! Life can never get any better!

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I'm skeptical of political dramas considering how little I know of Korean politics, but this sounds like it could be good. I love stories about people who end up doing certain occupations under strange or dire circumstances.

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This could totally work.

And Ji Jin-hee to boot!

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aaannnddd taecyeon is added to the drama

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