Shin Jae-ha, Lee Jong-seok reunite for While You Were Sleeping
Shin Jae-ha (Wanted, Gogh’s Starry Night, Sassy Go Go) is the latest to join the cast of upcoming SBS drama While You Were Sleeping. His face is so familiar, but it took a moment for me to place him. He was Lee Jong-seok’s (W–Two Worlds) older brother during the childhood scenes for writer Park Hye-ryun’s hit show Pinocchio. This actor-actor-writer trio will be reuniting for the new fantasy-legal project While You Were Sleeping, but this time Shin Jae-ha will be Lee Jong-seok’s younger brother.
The plot is centered around a woman with prescient dreams, played by Suzy (Uncontrollably Fond), and a prosecutor, played by Lee Jong-seok, who tries to stop her tragic premonitions from becoming a reality. While the premise makes the drama sound like a melodrama-thriller, the writer is known for creating fantasy-lite romances so I’m not sure what to expect. Although with these castings, I’d much prefer she head in the lighthearted route.
Clearly Park Hye-ryun is the type of writer who really likes reusing actors from past projects. She worked with Suzy in Dream High, and both Lee Jong-seok and Shin Jae-ha have worked on other dramas (besides Pinocchio) with her before. Lee Jong-seok starred in her cute rom-com legal drama I Hear Your Voice, while Shin Jae-ha played the second lead in her youth miniseries Page Turner.
Initially, there was an offer out to Kim Min-jae (The Lonely Shining Goblin, Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim) to play Lee Jong-seok’s little brother for While You Were Sleeping. But this seems to be the same character that Shin Jae-ha has been cast to play, so Kim must’ve turned it down, though there have been no formal announcements. As for now, I’m completely willing to trust the writer, judging by her past success, on her choice to work with Lee Jong-seok and Shin Jae-ha again.
Because While You Were Sleeping will be 100-percent pre-produced, SBS plans on broadcasting it sometime in the latter half of this year.
Via DongA Sports
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