Jang Hyuk courted to headline KBS’s Beautiful Mind
Well this is a whole new direction. New medical mystery drama Beautiful Mind is kind of the Goldilocks of dramaland right now, trying out every leading man under the sun to find just the right one. So far the direction has been quite obvious, based on the actors who have passed on the project: Kim Soo-hyun, Yoo Ah-in, Lee Jong-seok. And last week Choi Jin-hyuk was offered the role only to have the production quickly rescind (who even knows what went on there). Now an offer is out to Jang Hyuk (Master of Trade—Inn 2015) to star, which makes me wonder if they’re changing the lead character entirely.
It might not be a bad thing, since the role requires some heavy lifting from the lead. The drama is about a geeeenius neurosurgeon, who on the surface sounds like any other drama hero — he’s beautiful and cold and unfeeling. Except this one is actually a psychopath who can’t feel basic emotions because of a frontal lobe injury.
The drama will be a mystery that begins when the hero’s patients start dying in a peculiar way one day. I can see how he’d make a good suspect, given that he’s a psychopath and all. It sounds like an intriguing setup, and one that’ll definitely diverge from the procedural framework, as producers have promised.
As he gets entangled in that case, he’ll “open his eyes to love and recover his humanity.” Um… but you said he has a frontal lobe injury and can’t feel feelings! I know love is a cure-all in dramaland, but DOES IT CURE BRAIN DAMAGE? You know what might be entertaining on a meta level? Watching Jang Hyuk not emote. I think I want him to sign on, just to see what that’s like.
Beautiful Mind comes from the writer of Sungkyunkwan Scandal and the PD of Dream High 2. It follows Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho on Mondays and Tuesdays this May.
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