MBC starts casting new drama Royal Family
Huh. MBC has one Wednesday-Thursday drama called My Princess coming up, and now it’s got a second Wednesday-Thursday show called Royal Family that’s in the works. Well, I suppose these things DO tend to come in pairs, for whatever inexplicable cosmic reason. (Daemul and President, What’s Up and Dream High, Cinderella Man and Style…)
In contrast to My Princess, though it appears that Royal Family won’t be about literal royalty, but a more figurative kind; the story unfolds as a woman overcomes various struggles to become a prominent chaebol. The woman is involved with a younger man whom she supports and who eventually becomes a lawyer, and the relationship turns into a “dangerous love.”
(A chaebol, as you may already know from numerous Korean dramas, particularly if you’ve seen one of the Cinderella variety, is a business tycoon who builds up a corporate dynasty of sorts, wherein successorship is kept in the family. It’s for that inherited-riches facet that second-generation chaebols — the younger generations — are a favorite type of kdrama hero.)
Cast as the male lead is Ji Sung, who most recently played the titular king of MBC’s historical drama Kim Suro, and a year before that acted in SBS’s business/revenge/thriller drama Swallow the Sun (from which the above photo comes).
The female lead role has yet to be confirmed, but the name making the rounds as the most likely contender is Lee Mi-yeon (below), who recently played another type of successful businesswoman in the period drama Merchant Kim Man-deok.
Royal Family will be the drama to follow My Princess, the latter of which airs next week.
Via No Cut News