Su Ae cast as leading lady in IRIS spinoff Athena
Okay, I’m officially more excited about the IRIS spinoff Athena: Goddess of War than I was for the original IRIS. Actress Su Ae (Sunny, Bottom of the 9th Inning with 2 Outs) has just been confirmed as the female lead, joining actors Jung Woo-sung and Cha Seung-won in the action-packed blockbuster drama series.
According to Taewon Entertainment, who is producing Athena, the two female leads are part of the National Anti-Terror Service. Similar to the roles played by Kim Tae-hee and Kim So-yeon in IRIS, one is a special agent while the other is a profiler, although both are on the same team this time. Su Ae plays a profiler with the South Korean national intelligence agency with a calm disposition who is set up in a secret organization as a double agent (I’m thinking Alias, the SD-6 years?). Producers cast Su Ae after looking at actresses who combined beautiful looks with strong acting skills and an ability to convey subtle emotions.
Athena is aiming for a premiere in the latter half of the year, and will begin filming in June.
With the high profile of the first series and the high expectations of a follow-up, a lot of attention has been directed at the casting of this spinoff series. First there was the news that Kwon Sang-woo was under consideration, then speculation about Ha Ji-won. I have to say that while Ha would have been awesome, I’m very happy about this casting. I hope the other female actress is just as strong.