Kwon Sang-woo up for crime-solving with Choi Kang-hee in Mystery Queen
Okay, I definitely see more potential for romance in this pairing. Kwon Sang-woo (Temptation) is currently considering a leading role in Choi Kang-hee’s (Dazzling Temptation) new ajumma sleuth drama Mystery Queen, as a detective who teams up with a mystery-novel fan to solve crimes. It’s a different role from the one that Lee Won-geun (The Good Wife) is up for, which likely puts Lee Won-geun’s character in supporting territory.
The new KBS Wednesday-Thursday drama is courting Choi Kang-hee to headline as Yoo Seol-ok (which sounds like “Sherlock,” hur), a mystery-novel enthusiast who’s always dreamt of being a cop, but was prevented from pursuing her passion when she married young. Her husband is a prosecutor and she lives with a nagging mother-in-law and sister-in-law. By chance she gets involved in a case and gets to help the investigation using the skills of deduction that she learned from books, reawakening her dream to become a real detective.
Kwon Sang-woo is up for the role of a violent ace detective on the drug task force who graduated with honors from police university. He’s a cop who relies on his fists and his animal instincts rather than cold logic, because he’s learned firsthand that the field is much harsher than you’re taught in academy, and you can lose your teammates or lose a dangerous suspect if you don’t trust your intuition and act based on gut feeling. I can’t imagine a tough guy like that partnering with a scrappy ajumma and liking it, but I have a feeling that’ll be the fun of the show.
Meanwhile, Lee Won-geun is up for the part of the pretty boy captain of the local neighborhood precinct who helps the heroine at every step so that she can become a real cop. The always hilarious Park Joon-geum (Laurel Tree Tailors) has been cast to play Choi Kang-hee’s mother-in-law, a character who puts on airs because of her prosecutor son, and drives the heroine crazy with her constant nagging.
But she’s also a bit hapless, and falls for every trick that her daughter-in-law pulls on her. Heh, I do like it when Park Joon-geum plays the funny mom-in-law, and it sounds like Choi Kang-hee won’t take anything lying down. Jeon Su-jin (Descended From the Sun) has been cast to play Choi Kang-hee‘s sister-in-law who’s studying to be a psychologist, and Kim Min-jae (Village: Secret of Achiara) will be Lee Won-geun’s partner and hoobae lieutenant.
Mystery Queen will follow Chief Kim in March.
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