Ji Sung, Park Bo-gum courted for new drama Entertainer
This would be quite the score if they managed to make this casting happen, though it’s in very early stages and not at all confirmed: Ji Sung (Kill Me, Heal Me) and Park Bo-gum (Answer Me 1988) have been offered leading roles in a new drama titled Entertainer, which is in scheduling talks with SBS.
So far, we have only the barest description of the plot, which is that it’s about the assembling of a ragtag band (as in, musical group). The character Ji Sung is up for was once a manager at an agency handling the nation’s top singers, and is now the CEO of an agency repping the most pathetic rookies. Through various struggles and incidents, he’ll learn to become “a genuine manager,” which I suppose means someone who cares and is good at his job?
The character Park Bo-gum is looking at has not been described, though I have to presume he’s one of the band members. I’m already picturing the possibilities of this casting, and I can easily see both actors in these parts, giving their characters tons of personality, charm, quirks, and even flaws. The title itself is an interesting choice, since the word used for “entertainer” (ddanddara) carries a negative connotation — it’s kind of an old-fashioned word, disdaining entertainers as a cheap, vulgar profession. The word isn’t used much anymore (probably because being a celebrity is so desired now) but when it is employed, the negative association remains.
Scriptwriter Yoo Young-ah has several credits to her name; she wrote dramas Pretty Man and Birdie Buddy, both manhwa adaptations, and has adaptation credit on the sageuk film Royal Tailor as well as screenwriting credit on the just-released romantic comedy movie Like Me (or Like for Likes) starring Choi Ji-woo, Yoo Ah-in, Lee Mi-yeon, Kang Haneul, and Kim Joo-hyuk.
Entertainer hopes to score a slot on SBS’s spring schedule (it’s looking at April). I’m sure that if Ji Sung and Park Bo-gum sign on (both sides have stated they’re considering the drama as one of many possible projects), we’ll see the show put on the fast-track to production. But that’s still an if at the moment.
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