Period drama Mr. Sunshine secures slot on tvN’s early 2018 schedule
Lee Byung-heon, Kim Tae-ri
Soon we’ll be seeing Lee Byung-heon (Master) return to television through tvN’s Mr. Sunshine, after an eight-year hiatus from the Korean small screen. There were prior negotiations about airing the drama on SBS, but tvN won the battle for this coveted project from international hitmaker duo writer Kim Eun-sook and PD Lee Eung-bok, who collaborated together in the mega-successful Descended from the Sun and The Lonely Shining Goblin. It’ll take up the weekend timeslot, which has been good to tvN in creating a number of hits, such as Goblin, Misaeng, and the Answer Me series.
The story begins in 1871, during the first American expedition into Korea; a young Korean boy is boarded onto a U.S. naval warship and carried away. Years later in 1900, he returns as an American soldier to the homeland that turned its back on him. Having just wrapped up filming for his movie projects, Lee Byung-heon will soon begin transforming into this new character.
Actress Kim Tae-ri (The Handmaiden) will play his leading lady, an aristocrat’s daughter of one of the most powerful families in Joseon during that time. Complicating the potential love triangle is Yoo Yeon-seok (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim), who plays a low-born man who flees to Japan to seek his fortune, returns to Joseon, and falls in love with Kim Tae-ri’s character. Byun Yo-han (Six Flying Dragons) and Kim Sa-rang (Beloved Eun-dong) have also confirmed that they have signed onto the drama.
Human melodrama Mr. Sunshine is slated to air as a Friday-Saturday drama on tvN in the early half of 2018. While it’s still a number of months away, tvN is pretty booked with anticipated big-name dramas to close out the year: Still to come this year are the Hong sisters’ Journey to the West-inspired drama Hwayugi later this year, writer Noh Hee-kyung’s cop-centered human drama Live, and PD Shin Won-ho’s prison dramedy Smart Prison Living.
Yoo Yeon-seok, Byun Yo-han, Kim Sa-rang
Via DongA Sports