Hwang Jung-eum eyes a return to MBC in Tyrant
This lady never rests, but with all the hits she’s churned out for MBC, they’d hardly want her to. Hwang Jung-eum is becoming one of the broadcaster’s biggest hitmakers, and after kicking off the year with one MBC success (Kill Me, Heal Me) and closing it with another (She Was Pretty), she is now reportedly considering a new drama titled Tyrant, which was announced a couple months ago as the next series from Empress Ki writer Jang Young-chul. (Another show that did quite well for MBC. Execs must be beside themselves hoping for this drama match-up to materialize.)
Tyrant would reunite Hwang and the writer after previously working together on two SBS dramas, 2010’s period series Giant and the 2013 weekend drama Incarnation of Money. This drama spans twenty years, starting in the late 1990s in the post-IMF-crisis era, and is described as “a revenge story of a man sacrificed to the demons of greed.” It also promises to depict the ugly bare faces of the privileged elites who are wrapped in a thick veil of secrecy, as well as a love story that resembles “a flower that blooms even in a mud pit.”
So rich people greedy, bad. Love story good. Got it. Sounds like a dark story with lots of people doing unsavory things, which would return Hwang to more serious fare after a year enjoying the lighter side of romance and comedy.
The character Hwang Jung-eum is considering (her reps were quick to say this is only one of several projects she’s looking at) is of a woman who has to take care of her autistic younger brother following their father’s death, who lives “like a materialistic snob” (the wording suggests she’s forcing herself to appear that way rather than being that way naturally). She teams with the male lead to uncover who’s behind her father’s death, and becomes a driving force in the revenge.
Tyrant is set to follow current Monday-Tuesday drama Dazzling Temptation, premiering in April.
Via Star News
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