Namgoong Min courted to become quirky boss Chief Kim
With all the other potential Hong Gil-dongs squared away (Ji Sung seems on the verge of signing on to Defendant, while Yoon Kyun-sang has snatched up the lead in Rebel Hong Gil-dong), I had wondered about Namgoong Min (Beautiful Gong Shim), but it looks like he might be headlining a drama of his own (Woot!), where he gets to play an oddball (Double woot!). He’s currently considering the new KBS workplace human comedy Chief Kim, the latest project from writer Park Jae-bum of Good Doctor, Blood, and God’s Quiz.
The warm human comedy is about an eccentric middle manager who sticks up for the downtrodden employees at his company, and fights for their fundamental rights. Namgoong Min has been offered the title character, a former accountant who takes a middle management position at an ordinary company. He’s an odd duck, described as totally normal on the outside but sunny and eccentric on the inside. His actions and words always make it seem as if he’s joking, but he doesn’t care what other people think and he acts according to his principles, with no fear of those more powerful than himself.
The character appears to be mischievous and childish, but he’s a rule-follower with strict principles, a strong will, lots of pride, and guts to boot. He has a big heart and perceives everything around him, which is obviously how he comes to stand up for the little guy at his company when push comes to shove.
After Beautiful Gong Shim, where Namgoong Min turned the weirdness dial up to eleven, I have no doubt that he’d be perfect casting for this role. I was excited about Cha Tae-hyun considering the drama early on, but to be honest I like this idea better. Cha Tae-hyun would turn Chief Kim into a funny everyman, but Namgoong Min would make him a true eccentric, and that alone would make me watch this drama. Fingers crossed that he signs on!
Chief Kim will be directed by PD Lee Jae-hoon of Jung Do-jeon and Page Turner, and is scheduled to follow Oh My Geum-bi on Wednesdays and Thursdays in January.
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