Jang Mi-kwan and Lee Yeol-eum join KBS’s Strongest Deliveryman
Awww, I love how most of the main cast announced for Strongest Deliveryman are moving up in the drama character hierarchy with this show. Both Jang Mi-kwan (Strong Woman Do Bong-soon) and Lee Yeol-eum (Village: Secret of Achiara) have confirmed roles in the supporting cast of the upcoming KBS drama. Jang Mi-kwan will graduate from villain to second lead in his second drama since his debut, while Lee Yeol-eum will finally shed her high school uniform and play an ambitious woman seeking to expand her parents’ real estate business.
Go Kyung-pyo (Chicago Typewriter) will star in his first leading role as a jajangmyun delivery boy, opposite Chae Soo-bin (Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People), who’s also playing a struggling delivery worker. If our leads are the underdogs in a story about underdogs, the second leads are appropriately characters who appear on the outside to have it all. Lee Yeol-eum’s character has the looks, brains, and family background to be considered one of those “born with a golden spoon in her mouth” types. The original English colloquialism only really refers to a “silver spoon,” but Korea has expanded on that to describe various socioeconomic levels, i.e. dirt, bronze, silver, or gold spoons. In this case, Lee Yeol-eum aims to become a “diamond spoon,” and is described as practical and cold.
I’m quite happy to hear that Jang Mi-kwan has been offered a second lead character so soon after his acting debut (he was/is a model). I can’t say I was fond of his character in Do Bong-soon, but he was pretty creeptastic as the serial kidnapper with a fetish for thin women and I recall being surprised to learn that it was his debut drama. In Strongest Deliveryman, he’s up to play a second-generation chaebol heir who enjoys the high-flying, partying life, but has been cast aside by his family. He’ll eventually find his ambition hidden deep within himself, and mature throughout the show. From psychotic criminal on the run to a chaebol, that’s quite a step up.
Lee Yeol-eum is the biggest question mark for me so far since I last saw her in High School King of Savvy where, if memory serves, she was fine as a cute but bratty high-schooler. Otherwise, I’m really liking the other legs of our main cast, including Go Kyung-pyo and Chae Soo-bin. So I hope that this show about youths and their struggles turns out as cute and earnest as I’m picturing it in my head.
Strongest Deliveryman will premiere in July in KBS’s Friday-Saturday slot following The Best Hit.
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