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Choi Jin-hyuk offered medical mystery drama Beautiful Mind

Beautiful Mind, the drama formerly known as Dr. Frankenstein, has had some difficulty casting its leading man — Kim Soo-hyun, Yoo Ah-in, and Lee Jong-seok all passed on it, and it was shelved for a while. But the series finally landed a spot on KBS’s spring schedule, and now an offer is out to Choi Jin-hyuk (Pride and Prejudice, Fated To Love You) to headline in what would be his army comeback drama.

Choi Jin-hyuk was discharged from the army early due to a knee surgery back in October, 2015, after seven months of active duty. I’m a little concerned that a drama comeback this early would be more harmful for him than good, no matter how enticing the role, since there tends to be harsh blowback against celebrities who get special treatment in any way regarding military service. He was discharged for legitimate medical reasons, but going back to work before his would-be 21 months of army duty are over seems like a publicity minefield.

The drama comes from the writer of Sungkyunkwan Scandal the PD of Sirius and Dream High 2, and is a mystery about a genius psychopath surgeon with a frontal lobe lesion that prevents him from feeling any emotion. He’s a neurosurgeon who’s as beautiful as a runway model, but has never once experienced love, friendship, trust, comfort, or happiness.

The drama will set itself apart from medical procedurals and tell a suspenseful story about “someone who kills, someone who saves, someone who chases, and someone who’s chased.” Other central characters will include a female detective in the violent crimes unit, a cardiothoracic surgeon, and a researcher in the neurosurgery department. Choi Jin-hyuk has only just been offered the role and is considering for now, and agents and producers are probably waiting to see how public sentiment affects the possible comeback project for him.

Beautiful Mind is scheduled to follow Monday-Tuesday drama Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho in May.

Via IS Plus, Sports Chosun

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