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Athena casts Lee Bo-young as presidential daughter

Lee Bo-young has been added to the cast of the already star-studded Athena: Goddess of War, wherein she plays the daughter of the president. This means she joins Jung Woo-sung, Cha Seung-won, Su Ae, Kim Min-jong, Lee Jia, and Choi Siwon, who are all either spies or work within the intelligence agency in some capacity (e.g., profiler or data analyst).

Lee’s character is a student attending graduate school in Italy and has a free-spirited personality, not caring about her social status or what other people think of her. For the most part, the people around her don’t realize she’s the South Korean president’s daughter, even though she has a few bodyguards who protect her quietly. She is kidnapped by a terrorist group and taken to a secluded mountain locale, kicking off the action as our agent-heroes are put on the case.

Hm, interesting? I have found Lee Bo-young to be hit or miss in the past (Queen of the Game), but she’s had a good year. Her comedy series Birth of the Rich was a bit silly, but it got good ratings and a four-episode extension, and her cable drama Harvest Villa was well-received.

On the bright side, I find her much more likable than Lee Jia, and having another actress around to share that screentime might be a good thing. (On the potential downside: Eek, damsel in distress setup! Please, please tell me Lee Bo-young has more value to the story than being a princess needing rescuing. I’d love to see her “free-spirited” and unconventional character show a little badass attitude, if just to shake things up a little.)

Athena began shooting on June 19 and will air near the end of the year.

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Yes! I'm first! This is good news I love LBY. Wow! this drama is so star-packed. Everyone is so high profile! But I'm looking forward to Cha Seung-won. He's an awesome actor and he is mad hot.

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Does anyone know where and when are they shooting in Italy?

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omg, she's flippin beautiful!
i think athena is going to do great, simply because of its cast and IRIS, even if the story line sucks. haha. but she is a a hit or miss with me too.

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Same her.
Hope she has a bigger value to the story.
Lol.
I want her and Choi Siwon to be in love in here.
LMAO!XD

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dang... first of all this cast of ATHENA is growing in tremendous proportions - they have more big name stars than the original IRIS!

secondly - i'd like to second theebby01 - it would be great if choi siwon had a schoolboy's crush on her!!!

and finally - i don't really like that they need to have the set up of a presidential daughter being kidnapped to start off the action. it makes it sound like her role is very small or will be diminished. if they stretch out her kidnapping for the whole series i'll kill the writers! and if they don't... well, i wouldn't care much for her after she's all safe and sound anyways. why can't the hero just come across a terrorist plot thanks to some clues and a tipoff from spying!?

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I am trying to be rational, but being an ELF that is hard... muahahahaa...
Somehow with the addition of Lee Bo Young, I don't mind Siwon having a love-line with her or even Su Ae, but just not Lee Jia... sorry but just not her...

So if we have a princess in distress, I wonder what kinda role Su Ae and Lee Jia is having...

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Love her from Birth Of The Rich so perhaps I'll give this drama a go after all.

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Dont you guys think that they're putting too much high profile actors in this drama?? I dont even know who's the hero and the heroine.
Is LBY going to have a cameo appearance only or she'll be in the whole series???

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i knew it. the role of a president's daughter always reads "damsel in distress" to me.

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i am SO EXCITED for athena!

much, much more so than i ever was for IRIS, surprisingly enough. i think it was because of kim tae hee to be honest., and although i am not terribly thrilled for lee jia, adding lee bo young is a definite draw! i loved her in the birth of the rich!

anyway, i just hope that the PD and directors learned from where IRIS failed and improve on this kdrama genre!

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didn't like her in the birth of the rich. actually i didn't like the whole birth of the rich thing and i'm REALLY REALLY glad it's over but the drama that followed it is equally annoying, secret agent ms oh. so *sigh*.

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wow I am a huge LBY fan and I dont like this she needs good rules like the one she had in HV she was amazing there a real good actress at last birth of the rich was not great but it was very amusing so I am sorry she agreed to be in this crap

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why do I have this feeling - big name stars in one drama = bad story/material..... i have this strange feeling that the producers of the drama are inundating us with these big stars just to bring in the numbers because they are not really that confident about their product.

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Lee Jia is suck

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At least she has a very charming face and utmost important, she CAN act. Phew...no more KTH please.

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yes this show is amassing more stars than IRIS!!

I love lee bo young, and always think she should be more successful.

ok, I am really looking fwd to Athena now!

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oh i like her so much more than lee jia so im really glad to hear this!
this cast is getting so big! im already getting so hype!

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Who is praying for some stockholm syndrome with CSW here?

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@dimsum I HATE birth of the rich too. I hate every character in it. I hate almost everything about it. However, I watch it till the end, because I like Lee Si Young character. And that's about it..

@noon0201 NOOOOO, she CAN'T act.. OHMYGOSHHHHHH, i almost throw remote control at my TV at some point because her acting. Sorry.

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@HS

watch harvest villa first and then talk about her acting and even though the script was pretty bad in BOTR her acting was fine and if you cant see that this is your problem

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i feel for some reason that she'll steal the scene just like KSY as Sun Hwa. I dont know why. i dont even watch her dramas.

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So happy! Been a fan of LBY for a long time. Agree w/ Javabeans in that I hope her role encompasses more than just your typical damsel in distress.

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Sadly it sounds like she will be a damsel in distress :(

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@ HS: Geez.... Such a hateful person...why even browse this page if you don't like Lee Bo Young? Go find find another page you like then give it a good comment will you? She won't be an actress if she can't act.

Anyways, i love Lee Bo Young so I'm glad she's part of this drama and hope she gets more good roles and more drama. :-)

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@Mei and Sandy, that's MY opinion.based on birth of the rich. I browse because I can't believe she got another role. Oh well, she REALLY is pretty in the typical korean princess look..

I don't hate her, really. I just can't stand her acting.

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