Yoon-ah reconsiders tvN bodyguard drama K2
Huh. Well it’s certainly not every day that someone turns down a project before the casting announcement gains any traction, and then positively reconsiders the same drama a week later, but that’s exactly what’s going on with tvN’s upcoming bodyguard romance drama K2. Girls’ Generation’s Yoon-ah (Prime Minister and I) is up for the lead role (again), and it looks pretty likely that she’ll sign on for the thriller romance opposite Ji Chang-wook (Healer).
I’m not thrilled at the news, since I was hoping for a stronger actress, but Yoon-ah at least has a likable charm and has headlined shows before. I think she’s better suited for light rom-coms, while her role in K2 would be a fairly complex one. She’s up to play the hidden daughter of a presidential candidate, whose mother was a famous star. Since childhood she was the center of so much public attention that it traumatized her, and she became a hikikomori — reclusive, never leaving home — with a panic disorder triggered by camera flashbulbs, and a severe form of social phobia.
One photograph of her taken by chance brings her from France to Korea, where she ends up entangled with a bodyguard who was betrayed by his country (Ji Chang-wook), and her presidential candidate father, played by Jo Sung-ha (Neighborhood Hero). He’s described as using love as a weapon for revenge, and Song Yoon-ah (Assembly) will play his wife, an ambitious woman who has her sights set on becoming the First Lady.
The drama comes from Chuno and Neighborhood Hero PD Kwak Jung-hwan, and Yong-pal writer Jang Hyuk-rin. Should I be disturbed that this writer likes to have his heroines completely helpless and isolated from society, and saved by an intrepid hero? At least Kim Tae-hee in Yong-pal turned out to be a chaebol badass later; maybe we can hope for an eventual turnaround from Yoon-ah’s character too.
According to one source, Ji Chang-wook, Song Yoon-ah, Jo Sung-ha, Lee Jung-jin (Temptation), and Kim Gab-soo (Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho) have already signed on and held a script read, and the production is planning to head to Spain for location shoots.
K2 is set to follow The Good Wife on Fridays and Saturdays in September.
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