Disaster medical drama D-Day confirms lineup, awaits scheduling
Kim Young-kwang, Jung So-min, Ha Suk-jin
JTBC has finally set its cast in place for D-Day, and the primary leads are all names we’ve heard before, though at least we also get a couple new names in the supporting cast. Kim Young-kwang (Plus Nine Boys), Jung So-min (Big Man), Ha Suk-jin (Legendary Witches), and Lee Kyung-young (Misaeng) were all mentioned previously as contenders and have now confirmed; Kim Jung-hwa (Dating Agency Cyrano) and INFINITE idol Sungyeol (High School Love On) have also joined the bunch.
I find the casting results amusing because after the initial news was published, JTBC was adamant that none of the proposed names were decided, and that the show had been given no time slot and made no final decisions. Now they’ve confirmed everyone, making that last wave of denials rather unnecessary.
In any case, the drama centers around a team of DMAT (disaster medical assistance team) workers who rescue and treat victims at in the wake of a large-scale disaster hitting Seoul. Kim Young-kwang plays a skilled and promising general surgeon who nonetheless isn’t completely satisfied with working at a top cancer hospital, because he’s more drawn to emergency care. That’ll come in handy when he’s thrust into the center of a city-wide emergency. Ha Suk-jin plays his sunbae in the general surgery department, while Jung So-min plays an orthopedic surgeon with a lovable, determined personality.
Kim Jung-hwa, Lee Kyung-young, Sungyeol
Kim Jung-hwa’s character treats victims of the disaster for psychological trauma, addressing them and her teammates with a warm heart. Lee Kyung-young takes on the role of the hospital director whose specialty is in neurosurgery. You’d figure experience and skills like his will be useful in a major disaster… except for the part of the description that says he’d do anything for personal gain or success.
And last but not least (but maybe also least) is idol singer-actor Sungyeol, whose casting has been confirmed although a character has not been decided. He’s certainly very pretty, but having sat through his awkward and often disconnected acting in High School Love On, I’m the least interested in his casting out of everyone. It does seem that his is a less prominent role, though, so at least I’m not upset about it either.
JTBC has confirmed that it’ll be picking up D-Day, but has not yet solidified at airdate. There’s lots of talk about it getting the Friday-Saturday timeslot after Beloved Eun-dong, which would put its premiere around August.