Now that a female lead (Seohyun) has been confirmed for family drama Thief-nom, Thief-nim, it looks like MBC is shopping around for a male lead. The first casting offer is out to Ji Hyun-woo (Wanted), who is currently considering favorably. The drama is described as a refreshingly cathartic drama where a group of thieves band together to bring down the corrupt forces that control the entirety of Korea’s politics and economics.
If he confirms, Ji Hyun-woo will be working with SNSD’s Seohyun (Ruby Ruby Love), who signed on earlier this month. She’ll play a hard-working police investigator driven by a strong sense of justice who will do whatever it takes to capture criminals, while also being a warm protector of the weak. Details of Ji’s potential character have not been released, other than that he’s the male lead, but he did just play a police officer in Wanted, so perhaps it’ll be familiar territory.
Ji is also no stranger to weekend family dramas, having starred in some of the makjang-iest makjangs like A Thousand Kisses and My Precious Child. Recently, his works such as Awl and Angry Mom have been message-filled dramas highlighting important social issues, with his character fighting against the status quo establishment. Maybe it’s too much to expect that kind of social consciousness from a weekend family drama, but he was so good in them that it would be great to have that Ji show up in this drama.
Thief-nom, Thief-nim will be produced by PD Oh Kyung-hoon (Mom, Home Sweet Home), and written by Sohn Young-mok (Dazzling Temptation) and Cha Yi-young. While the premise sounds like it could go light and funny, the record of the PD and writers show more experience in serious melodrama so it’ll be interesting to see how this develops.
The 50-episode MBC weekend drama Thief-nom, Thief-nim will begin airing in May, taking the place of Father, I’ll Take Care of You once it ends.
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