Lee Sang-yoon up to reunite with Lee Bo-young in SBS’s Whisper
Ooh, drama reunion! I never saw Lee Bo-young (God’s Gift–14 Days) and Lee Sang-yoon (On the Way to the Airport) together in their hit weekend drama My Daughter Seo-young, but I love each of them separately, and based on the cute couple stills and the ratings (it was a huge hit that reached 47.6%), I may have to marathon their first drama before they sign on to their second. The two actors are up for the leading roles in Punch writer Park Kyung-soo’s next drama, a police-legal thriller called Whisper headed to SBS this spring. Supporting players Kwon Yul (Bring It On, Ghost) and Park Se-young (Beautiful Mind) are also considering offers.
Park Kyung-soo is known for his hard-hitting dramas that deal with power and corruption (The Chaser, Empire of Gold, Punch) and he’ll be reuniting with PD Lee Myung-woo (Punch, You’re All Surrounded) for this new suspense melodrama about the massive corruption dealt out of the biggest law firm in Korea. Our protagonists will be the good guys out to uncover a scandal of greed and power.
Lee Bo-young has been cast as a detective who only sees half of her paycheck because she has to repay her family’s debt. She’s a section chief who spends all of her time with petty criminals and speaks harshly, but she’s also a young girl at heart who still blushes when she’s around her crush. Lee Sang-yoon has been offered the role of an elite judge with a brilliant mind and a warm heart, who listens to those who are weak. He’s a character who looks just as comfortable in sweats as he does in a judge’s robes, and he hates nepotism more than anything. He wants to show his father that he can climb the (metaphorical) rock cliff with nothing but his bare hands and stand at the summit.
Kwon Yul, Park Se-young
Kwon Yul has been offered the role of an attorney at Taebaek, the law firm at the center of the story. He’s a sharp character born with a golden spoon in his mouth, who despite being wealthy and elite, knows how to blend and get along with the regular folk. He handles large corporations and uses the law to increase their profit margins—something he has exceptional skill in—and all the associates who want hefty incentives are clamoring to work under him. Kwon Yul seems pretty perfect for that kind of character.
Park Se-young is up to play a spoiled, entitled heiress who’s decked out in designer goods from head to toe and makes her privilege known. She’s lived her whole life treating others however she pleased, while no one dares to treat her badly. She suffers from severe mood swings, and in one instant her emotions can suddenly flip from joy to sorrow. Yikes, she sounds like a terror.
It’s nice to know that our leads are a cop and a judge who aren’t corrupt (I’m hoping… you never know with this writer!), because with a giant firm filled with shady lawyers backed by chaebols, we need all the good guys we can get. I’m just happy because I’ve been dying for Lee Bo-young to be badass again since God’s Gift, and I’ve been dying for Lee Sang-yoon to do something dark since Liar Game, so I feel like the winner here.
Whisper will be a Monday-Tuesday drama on SBS, following Defendant in March.
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