Kim Hee-ae to reunite with Secret Love Affair team for new SBS drama
It’s not set in stone since this drama isn’t due out until next year, but Kim Hee-ae (Secret Love Affair, Noonas Over Flowers) is in talks to re-team with director Ahn Pan-seok and writer Jung Sung-joo of her last two dramas for cable network JTBC, Secret Love Affair and A Wife’s Credentials. Though she’s technically in the “considering” stage, it’s pretty much expected that she’ll sign on, and after keeping her in the headlines all year long with the critically lauded and endlessly parodied Secret Love Affair (perhaps they have Gag Concert to also thank for that), she isn’t likely to turn them down.
Kim Hee-ae’s reps said, “PD Ahn Pan-seok said as their last drama was ending, ‘Let’s do the next project together,’ and they made the promise to do so. Because Kim Hee-ae’s trust in PD Ahn Pan-seok and writer Jung Sung-joo is strong, she’s favorably considering the drama.”
The team will be leaving JTBC for SBS this coming spring, and for now the drama is called War of Brilliant Minds. There’s not a whole lot of information about the subject matter, and some rumors say that there was talk of it being a Kim Hee-ae life story. Her reps have denied that, and said that there isn’t even a script yet — she’s literally going on faith in the producers alone.
It’s described as the life story of a woman who has been called a genius (or more broadly, a brilliant talent) since her childhood. She only looked ahead and raced towards success, but at an important juncture in her life, she meets a crisis. That’s really all we’re told, other than the fact that the drama intends to poke at societal norms like the producers’ previous works do. I’m going to venture a guess that her crisis is an extramarital affair, just because that’s the pattern with this trio. It’s entirely possible they’ll try something new, though I honestly doubt it, since that’s their niche — contemplative character-centered dramas about women trapped in loveless marriages who discover love outside their tiny social bubbles.
The show is currently planning for the Monday-Tuesday slot following Punch, which is tentatively scheduled to follow Secret Door. (Punch is the third outing from the writer of The Chaser and Empire of Gold, which I’m really looking forward to; it hasn’t started casting yet.) That puts War of Brilliant Minds sometime in March.
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