Chun Woo-hee out? SBS’s Falsify still without leading lady
Uh oh, it’s starting to look like SBS is going to have to look elsewhere for a leading lady for its upcoming legal thriller Falsify. Chun Woo-hee (The Wailing) is still technically considering her offer to star as an elite prosecutor who graduated at the top of her class, but it appears that both her management and the drama producers are assuming she will have to drop out.
There were some conflicting reports early on when an article suggested that she had all but confirmed her role and then pulled a no-show for Falsify’s first script reading. Another article reported that script readings originally scheduled for late April had been put off because of her delayed decision, and that the first shoots for the show had started without its leading lady.
Fortunately, SBS has since released an official statement countering those reports, saying that Falsify has yet to schedule a script reading, let alone start filming. Chun Woo-hee’s management also told the media that while she had been considering the offer favorably, her film projects had made it difficult for her to commit to the drama schedule. I hope she puts the drama producers out of their misery soon, though, because the July premiere date is looming very close. Thankfully, it looks like the producers have already started preparing and are looking at other actresses to replace her.
I’m kind of bummed that Chun Woo-hee’s not going to take the prosecutor role. Sure, it’s not official (yet), but it’s looking like her exit is a foregone conclusion. I really enjoyed her performances in The Wailing and Beauty Inside, and I was excited to see her in what would have been her first major role on television.
In better news, Namgoong Min (Chief Kim), Yoo Joon-sang (Pied Piper), and Jeon Hye-bin (Woman With a Suitcase) have all confirmed their roles in Falsify. Yoo Joon-sang will play a reporter, and Jeon Hye-bin will be a veteran photographer on his team. Namgoong Min will also play a journalist, but his character will be bent on avenging his older brother who died while trying to report corruption.
The rest of the cast is looking pretty solid, so I hope for the show’s sake that they manage to find another great actress to be its leading lady. And find her soon, ’cause the clock is ticking with its scheduled premiere date of July 24, following My Sassy Girl. Chop chop, people!
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- Chun Woo-hee, Yoo Joon-sang consider new SBS legal thriller Falsify
- Kim Ji-won, Chun Woo-hee up for same lead role in KBS’s Third-Rate My Way
- Park Seo-joon, Chun Woo-hee offered new KBS drama Third-Rate My Way
- Chun Woo-hee considers solving a murder mystery in OCN’s The Voice
- Mystery-thriller film The Wailing to appear in 69th Cannes Film Festival