Punch writer’s next drama back on schedule, Lee Bo-young up to star
For a while it looked like acclaimed drama writer Park Kyung-soo’s next project might disappear altogether—the series that was originally called Advance was first announced in February of this year as a medical drama, and then revised to be a police drama, and got pushed back on SBS’s schedule a number of times, until it was scrapped entirely. I was disappointed, since writer Park (Punch, Empire of Gold, The Chaser) has a really strong track record for hard-hitting dramas that deal with corruption, politics, greed—I’m convinced he’d find the seedy underbelly of anything—and was doubly excited that Lee Bo-young (God’s Gift–14 Days) was being courted to headline. It took a while, but there’s finally some good news: The drama is back with a new name, still courting Lee Bo-young, and slated to air on SBS this coming spring.
The new drama is called Whisper, and will be a suspense melodrama centered around the biggest law firm in Korea. The story involves both cops and lawyers, and the leads will uncover a colossal corruption scandal of greed and power. Lee Bo-young has been offered the role of a police detective and section chief at her precinct.
The character spends half of her monthly salary on repaying her family’s debt, and can’t afford to buy herself new clothes. She spends so many of her waking hours with petty criminals that she’s blunt and harsh in her words, but underneath she’s a girl who still blushes in front of her crush. I would love to see Lee Bo-young playing a tough-as-nails cop with a marshmallow center, especially after watching her in action thriller God’s Gift–14 Days—she didn’t even NEED the cops in that drama, she was so badass.
While shady lawyers are familiar territory for this writer, I have no doubt that he’ll create fascinatingly dark characters and contentious moral dilemmas as usual. I’m actually glad he’s not doing a medical drama, since we’ve had a lot of those this year, and even the most fluffy medical dramas feature corruption and boardroom politics anyway. PD Lee Myung-woo of Punch and You’re All Surrounded will direct, and production is scheduled to begin in January once casting is complete. Lee Bo-young is also considering the tvN remake of Mother for later in 2017, which might make it a busy comeback year for her.
Whisper is slated to follow Defendant (starring Lee Bo-young’s hubby Ji Sung) on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning March 2017.
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