Gong Seung-yeon tapped for leading role in tvN’s Circle
Upcoming tvN sci-fi mystery drama Circle has its leading lady (well, probably, barring last-minute contradictions, which is par for the course these days) with the casting of Gong Seung-yeon (Introverted Boss). It’s looking likely that she’ll join Kim Kang-woo (Goodbye, Mr. Black) and Yeo Jin-gu (Jackpot), both of whom are in talks to join and are being hinted at being confirmed shortly. (Most casting articles currently state that she’s confirmed for the drama, though a few stories are more cautious in saying she’s a likely candidate.)
The plot had my attention right away: Boasting an experimental format with segments from two timelines (2017 and 2037), Circle deals with alien visitors arriving on Earth. In the 2017 story, they’re recent arrivals, and humans learn skills from them and also how to take advantage of them. In the 2037 timeline, we see how events have transpired in the intervening years. I’m assuming there’ll be mystery and suspense linking the two timelines, and am very curious to see how the production will execute the format.
Gong Seung-yeon’s character is in the 2017 storyline, and is a university student alongside Yeo Jin-gu’s character who’s described as the crux of a mysterious event that links present and future. It’s not clear how either of them will be linked to Kim Kang-woo’s character, who’s a detective in the 2037 storyline, but I expect some Signal-like interplay between the two realities.
I’m a little surprised that Gong Seung-yeon has been picked for the lead female role, since this would be her first time being lead in any drama and I thought she’d be stuck in second lead purgatory for a few more. But tvN has shown willingness to cast lesser-knowns in lead roles, and I’ve heard good things of her past roles (Six Flying Dragons, Heard It Through the Grapevine, Master—God of Noodle), so I suppose I’ll put aside my intense aversion to her in the currently airing Introverted Boss, where she plays someone I can only describe as nutballs in the extreme. It is mostly a writing issue, but that doesn’t help that I haaaate her for being despicable and delusional, and a menace to society to boot. Poor everyone who knows her.
Whackadoodle current character notwithstanding, I remain excited about Circle, which is being considered for a late-night timeslot on Fridays and Saturdays on tvN.
Via Ten Asia