Legal thriller Punch lines up supporting cast
With Kim Rae-won now settled as lead, legal thriller Punch is lining up the rest of its cast, and three names are currently in the headlines as “probable but not 100% confirmed yet” selections: Kim Ah-joong (Sign), Ohn Joo-wan (Surplus Princess), and Seo Ji-hye (49 Days).
Punch is the next drama to come from The Chaser and Empire of Gold’s writer, Park Kyung-soo, and the high quality of the scriptwriting of those dramas accounts for a lot of the buzz about this project. Park’s dramas are filled with corruption, shady ethics, and deeply flawed characters, and that makes for intense watching. Punch looks like it’ll fit right into Park’s oeuvre, described as one man’s final punch thrown at the world: A prosecutor with six months left to live decides to take down crooked bigwigs on his way out.
The role offered to Kim Ah-joong is that of a prosecutor who turned down numerous lucrative offers to join prestigious firms, opting to fight for justice instead. That ought to make her a welcome ally to Kim Rae-won’s hero, since something tells me he’ll need a friendly corner to retreat to when he takes aim at big people with lots to lose.
Ohn Joo-wan and Seo Ji-hye are also considering the drama favorably, though with the first script reads scheduled for the weekend it sounds like contracts are very nearly signed for all three actors. No word yet on their characters, but I hope they’ll be meaty; both Ohn and Seo are promising actors but haven’t had a lot of roles I’ve loved them in. Ohn was super adorable in Surplus Princess recently, but that drama as a whole underperformed and got cut, and the less we say of his previous show Sword and Flower, the better. As for Seo, I’ve thought her underutilized in her recent projects and would like to see her in more roles.
Punch is directed by PD Lee Myung-woo of You’re All Surrounded, Warrior Baek Dong-soo, and Daemul — credits that I hope counter the fact that he also did Fashion King. The drama, which also stars Jo Jae-hyun, will take over the Monday-Tuesday SBS slot from Secret Door beginning in December.
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