Lee Young Ae, Potential Madam President
(Whenever I see distinguished actress Lee Young Ae, I think she looks so classy.)
She’s deciding on her drama comeback next year (she’s been away from television for four years, last seen in her mega-hit series Dae Jang Geum aka Jewel in the Palace), which’ll come sometime in the first half of 2008, and SBS is trying to woo her over to their upcoming series Daemul.
At a December 13 press conference revealing SBS’s broadcasting plans for the next year, an SBS rep explained their plans to adapt hit manhwa Daemul. The series is the work of artist Park In Kwon, who also created War of Money, the series that brought SBS a lot of success this year as a “national drama” (so classified because it pulled in over 30% viewership ratings).
Though casting isn’t settled, SBS is in negotiations with Lee Young Ae for the lead role. (She’s their top pick, but also in consideration are Kim Sun Ah, Sohn Yejin, Lee Na Young, and Jang Jin Young.)
It comes described thusly:
“Love is one part of a man’s life, but everything in a woman’s. … So if you could discard one part to gain the whole, wouldn’t you try?”
The manhwa bears an “adults only” restriction and centers on “the love and ambition that unfolds when a male escort seduces the female president.” Ooh la la.
(I learned a new word today! “Zeroth” or “0th” (in Korean, 0순위) refers to the place in front of “first” — which seems kind of redundant, doesn’t it? Acting as the antithesis of made-up words “umpteen” or “kazillion,” it essentially means top choice but is SO top-choice that the number 1 is insufficient to denote its super-duper-special-oneness. Which is ironic since only “one” means one. But apparently zero is more “one” than one? Anyway. Lee Young Ae is SO in the top choice position that she’s the “zeroth” choice. Languages are funny.)
SONG OF THE DAY
“Braves” by 흰수염고래 (White-Bearded Whale) or Whale with a White Mustache, which has a nice ring to it. I freely admit the only reason I checked out this group was because of its name. I’m shallow like that. Heh. [ zShare download ]