Jang Dong-gun considers drama with Secret Garden writer
Jang Dong-gun, back for a television drama? Please make this happen!
The latest talk is that A-lister Jang (Warrior’s Way, Good Morning President) is considering teaming with star writer Kim Eun-sook in her next drama, the title of which she recently revealed to be A Gentleman’s Dignity. This would be pretty perfect casting, given that when you say “dignified gentleman,” I pretty much think Jang Dong-gun. He’s something like Korea’s George Clooney — once a hot property on television, now focusing exclusively on film — and has the same aura of dapper charm.
Kim Eun-sook most recently wrote last year’s fantasy-melodrama sensation Secret Garden (as well as a string of other hits like Lovers in Paris, On Air, City Hall), which had a pretty blockbuster lineup with Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won, but this match-up might even outshine that. There were recent reports that her next project would be an idol drama, but writer Kim has come out to declare those claims false, which is a good thing because Jang Dong-gun, while extremely pretty, is about two decades removed from idol contention.
A Gentleman’s Dignity, a “romantic melo,” is being planned for a March 2012 broadcast. It’ll be a weekend SBS drama, and I wouldn’t worry that it’s a long-running series since weekends do occasionally air miniseries (as was the case for Secret Garden). Writer Kim recently met with Jang Dong-gun’s reps and has extended the offer, and his reps confirmed that he is considering the role.
Jang’s last foray into television was eleven whole years ago in the quintessential Hallyu-Cinderella romance All About Eve (with a very young Chae Rim and a scene-stealing, backstabbing Kim So-yeon). Rumors of his drama return have cropped up periodically over the years, but nothing has materialized, so I take this casting rumor with a grain of salt. But I can dream.
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