Lee Min-jung to return to television in Midas
I love Lee Min-jung, so it’s exciting to hear that she’s lined up her next drama already, one year after shooting to fame in her last one, Smile, You. The new series is an SBS Monday-Tuesday drama titled Midas, and with Lee Min-jung seemingly building something of a Midas touch herself, will she be able to shoot another project to mainstream success? (Her most recent hit was the romantic-comedy movie Cyrano Dating Agency, which was a box-office hit and benefited from strong word of mouth.)
According to a source with the broadcaster, Lee Min-jung has confirmed that she will take the lead in Midas, and is currently ironing out the last details. On the other hand, her representation has issued a more cautious statement, saying that they are looking at the project favorably, but that the situation has not yet been finalized. Typical pre-show stuff.
The stock-market world forms the backdrop for Midas, which comes from PD Kang Shin-hyo (Bad Family, Tazza), and will be written by star scriptwriter-producer Choi Wan-kyu of hit gambling drama All In and its pseudo-sequel Swallow the Sun. (The two dramas are unrelated, but for a long time the latter was touted as being an All In 2.)
Hmm, doesn’t sound like my kind of drama, but I love Lee Min-jung so I will have to check it out. She’s got a sparkle and warmth that suits her wonderfully in the kinds of projects she has done recently — romantic comedies, warm family shows — but a project like this indicates that she’s ready to stretch her dramatic wings. I’ll look forward to watching that.
Midas will air following upcoming spy drama Athena: Goddess of War, which puts its premiere date in early 2011.
Via Star News