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Lee Bo-young offered lead in SBS’s Advance

Aha, finally we have movement on Advance, the new drama from the writer of Punch and The Chaser, Park Kyung-soo, which was initially planned for an August launch but got pushed back (its planned timeslot going to Scarlet Heart: Goryeo instead). It’s now courting Lee Bo-young (God’s Gift — 14 Days) to star, which would be fantastic because she’s awesome and has taking a break while having a baby with husband Ji Sung. I mean, newlywed bliss is great and all, but what about ME and my dramas?

Advance (as in the verb to advance upon) has been reported to be a medical drama, but details are sparse at the moment. Even without added information, though, the project has some preliminary buzz, due almost entirely to the participation of writer Park — he has established an impressive track record for creating suspenseful thrillers that expose the seamy underbellies of those in positions of power (prosecutors, chaebols, politicians), often injecting a sharp dose of social commentary in the process.

Lee Bo-young hasn’t committed to the project, not having received a script yet, though she is said to be positively considering. And with this writer, we can expect well-written and complex characters, which would give her something to sink her teeth into. I do love her being badass and intense (though comic and brassy ain’t too bad either), and would definitely put this on my watch list if she attaches herself to it.

Early reports stated that Lee Byung-heon (IRIS, Inside Men, Memories of the Sword) was considering this project, but that was shot down pretty quickly. Lee stated that his movie schedule renders him unable to take the drama, though he did express his respect for writer Park’s work. That’s probably a good call, since I’m not sure Korean audiences (or international, for that matter) are ready to see him back on their screens after his messy blackmail-and-adultery scandal. While he was the victim of the blackmail part of that scandal, he was the perpetrator on the adultery front, and his image took a significant hit. He’s been able to keep working in films, but it’s more important in television to have a clean, likable, bankable image, and his is still rather tarnished.

Advance will be an SBS drama and plans to be half pre-produced. It’ll begin shooting in July and is aiming for a January 2017 premiere.

Via Osen, TV Report

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I'm just so happy that Lee Byung Hun turned this down!!!!!!!

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can we get a reunion with jo seung woo? huhuhu

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one of my fave writer plus my first fave actress just got me hype so hard

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Yes, i want it too. Ki dong chan ahjussi please comeback? And, i hope LBY will accept this offer. Miss her so much after GG14Days. And more than this, it is for Park Kyung Soo's drama. His drama always great-The Chaser, Empire of Gold and Punch - well written drama and the casts always amazing. Hope we will hear good news soon.

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+1
Jo Seung Woo for the male lead please!!!!!
I miss their camaraderie from GG14Days.

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They NEED a do-over!

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YES PLEASE

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Jo Seung Woo please ^^

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I want this.

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If LBY turn this down, Please can they just court Seo Hyun Jin, I want her in a critical acclaim drama for once haha, can't get enough of her after watching Another OHY >.<
well, it's just my bias speaking

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I know she'd come back after Ji Sung finished his drama. Time for Mama to be free & papa take care of the baby at home ?

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:)
Good to hear LBH turned this down.

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That will be a great partnership.
And I am always happy when actresses gets good roles post-marriage and birth.

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Will definitely watch this if LBY is confirmed.

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MY QUEEEEEN

She seriously needs to accept this role. Loved her so much in the intense-badass-slick-thriller-with-an-awful-ending God's Gift and I'm sure her fans (and a whole lot of people) would love it if she accepts this role. Add the fact that the writer is another awesome one!

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God bless the Chinese, since the new SARFT regulation pushed Korean drama producers to pre-produce the whole thing in order to show the drama simultaneously in Korea and China.

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And the money they bring which can help to up the production quality. But of course the increasing influence have cons too, such as the decision of who gets cast is influenced by their palates.

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Yes, please. I've missed Lee Bo Young. It's been years. And I'm all for a Joo Seung Woo reunion.

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Eonnie! I miss her so much on dramaland. Since Ji Sung already finished his drama, this is Lee Bo Young's turn. lol.

Anyway what with so many medical dramas this year? Hope the theme will be something else. But if LBY confirmed I will watch this for sure.

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I still have such fond memories of IHYV, cant wait to see her in a drama again. First LJS in July and then her...anticipating.

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It's actually too bad that Lee Byunghun turned this down, his acting style would match a Park Kyungsoo's morally ambiguous characters perfectly (he might be a messy person but he's a good actor).

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Agree... I don't care about his private life (if there is not a serious crime involved, of course) and no one can say a word about his skills. He is good and everybody knows it.

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BH is not only good. He's a thespian.
Had the pleasure of watching The Inside Men. It was superb.

I can only imagine for now how gritty & powerful LBH & PKS in a drama. not now but in the future.

In the meantime, i'll enjoy BH in his upcoming films.

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Please sign on Lee Bo Young! I need you back on my TV screen!

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I cant be the only one who thinks she's a terrible actress..

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LBH not ready to watch any tv drama with him feel nauseated just thinking about 2 young girls with no money in debt couldn't debut I guess being a great actor with money and backing does help I am glad he still has his fans he has a wife and child to support but those 2 girls have families to support and they cant their dreams of fame have ended

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