Kim Soo-hyun eyes alien fusion sageuk drama
This casting is nowhere near final, but it is certainly worth talking about because ALIENS! TIME TRAVELING! THROUGH JOSEON! Yes, really.
It Actor Kim Soo-hyun is reportedly looking at a new drama to continue his hot streak (he’s on fiyah these days, with his spy-action-comedy Covertly Grandly, not to mention his box-office-blockbuster The Thieves), and SBS has one they’d love to lure him in with titled Man From Another Star.
At the center of the drama is a handsome and capable alien who first landed on Earth (via UFO, naturally) 400 years ago during the Joseon era, who lives through to the current era when he falls in love with an actress. How is this NOT going to be awesome? Wait, don’t answer that. But it’s such a wacky premise that I can’t help but want it to be a smash hit. In the way that it succeeds, I mean, not in the way that I want to smash and hit things.
This could be a great role for Kim Soo-hyun, who has tried his hand (and succeeded) at a variety of genres already. We know he can do sageuk (Moon/Sun) and melodramas (Will It Snow for Christmas, Giant, Father’s House), and he’s got a lovely groundedness to his dramatic acting. On the other hand, he’s also got a mischievous streak a mile wide and is great with comedy too (Covertly Grandly, Dream High). He’s perfect for this! The only other option who might be better is Kim Woo-bin… and now I want them to play time-traveling alien brothers. Pretty please, SBS?
Granted, this drama sounds a little bit Rooftop Vampire Idol Alien In-hyun’s Man Has Faith, and we’ve seen these plot parts in many a drama already. But here’s proof that while there is nothing new under the sun, you can make something old fresh again by dressing it up with just the right tweaks. Writing is Park Ji-eun of the zippy and popular weekend series You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly, so we can expect light funnies, while PD Jang Tae-woo has more serious fare under his belt (Tree With Deep Roots, Painter of the Wind) that’ll come in handy for the sageuk bits.
Man From Another Star is being prepped as a Wednesday-Thursday drama for SBS later this year.
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