Lee Sang-yub (This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair) is the latest name to be courted to KBS’s upcoming drama Perfect Wife, which is the show in talks to star nineties It Girl Go So-young (Blue Fish) in her drama comeback. It’s described as being Lee Sang-yub’s first leading role in a broadcast series, which had me momentarily excited until I realized he wouldn’t necessarily play the first male lead, though he would be part of the main quartet of characters—I’ll still take it!
Perfect Wife is a miniseries that centers around an ajumma and mother of two, Shim Jae-bok, who has lived a tough, wearying life, who suddenly becomes caught up in an unforeseen incident, allowing her to recover her forgotten sense of femininity and discover new hopes. (How the Perfect Wife got her groove back?) Yoon Sang-hyun (Shopping King Louis) has been offered the part of her husband, though it sounds as though he’ll be far from the perfect husband, getting into all sorts of outrageous scrapes.
The character offered to Lee Sang-yub is a poor but extremely ambitious lawyer, Kang Bong-gu, from a long line of dirt-poor folks, epitomizing the term “dirt spoon.” All he possesses are his intelligent brain and good looks (hey, that’s not nothing!), and thus his goal is to marry a quintessential “golden spoon” woman with an inheritance of at least 5 billion won.
Jo Yeo-jung (Divorce Lawyer in Love) has also been offered a role, though her character has yet to be described. Based on the casting, we might suppose that Lee Sang-yub and Jo Yeo-jung are being set up for a loveline, although nothing has said so explicitly yet. The descriptions remain vague and the perfect wife is said to “discover new hope in life and find a spirited love,” and while that could mean a rekindled love with the husband, I won’t be making any assumptions just yet. (I’m recalling the lovelines in Queen of Housewives and Queen of Reversals, which explored the other option.)
In any case, I’m happy to have Lee Sang-yub back onscreen even if it is as a second lead, because being a second lead in JTBC’s This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair didn’t keep him from sparkling in it. He was an utterly delightful part of that show’s appeal, playing a hilarious, sweet, earnest, blubbering, and always entertaining character, whose relationship with Boa kept the show moving with comedy and cuteness.
Currently, none of the main cast of Perfect Wife has officially confirmed, although it’s looking fairly likely that they will sign on. Perfect Wife comes from the writer of God of Study and Brain and the PD of Golden Cross and Mary Stayed Out All Night, and will be a Monday-Tuesday drama premiering in February.
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