Yoon Kye-sang offered JTBC drama Last
JTBC is prepping a new drama titled Last, with an intriguing premise that deals with “the pecking order of Seoul Station’s homeless.” Yoon Kye-sang (Full Sun) is considering the lead role, and the offer’s out to Seo Ye-ji (Superdaddy Yeol, Records of a Night Watchman) to co-star with him.
Last, like everything these days, is based on a webtoon, and I’ve read mostly positive things about it; I read the first several chapters to get a sense of the tone, and it’s got an interestingly grim, suspenseful vibe. The main character, Tae-ho (which is the character being considered by Yoon Kye-sang) starts out as a sharp fund manager who is expecting a massive payday to come in, only to have a deal go bad and ruin him and his partner, to the tune of many millions. They’ve got scary gangster investors clamoring for their money back and seemingly no way out, and Tae-ho’s partner kills himself in despair. Tae-ho is also feeling cornered and desperate after losing everything (hence the homelessness), but he vows to not let this bad deal kill him and works his way back.
In the webtoon, Tae-ho has a girlfriend who’s also his partner’s little sister, and while the casting articles don’t say so explicitly, I am guessing that she’s the role that Seo Ye-ji is up for. It’s not clear whether Tae-ho was set up for failure, but he’s so convinced that his plan was foolproof that the story hints at that possibility. It’s a plot that makes me think of Story of a Man and its hero’s trajectory, which is never a bad thing since I loved that show. (That drama’s lead is ruined when a mastermind manipulates the stock market; he then bounces back from rock bottom to avenge the brother who died as a result, seeking to beat the villain at his own game).
There are fleeting mentions of Lee Beom-soo (Triangle) and Park Ye-jin (Mr. Back) being offered roles as well, though no explanation of which ones. Last does not currently have an airdate or timeslot scheduled, and it’s in the synopsis revision stage, so it sounds like it’s still early in the planning process. But from what I’ve read so far, I’m intrigued by the hook and think the casting would be spot-on; I tend to prefer Yoon Kye-sang in quirky rom-com roles (Best Love, Who Are You) but do have faith that he’d be great in grittier thriller-esque roles (Full Sun, Poongsan). For now, we’ll have to await further updates to see how casting shakes out.
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- Full Sun: Episode 1
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- Park Shin-hye and Yoon Kye-sang’s rom-com short
- Yoon Kye-sang and Kim Ok-bin take on legal thriller
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