Jung So-min up to rescue disaster victims in D-Day
I’ve been waiting for Jung So-min (Big Man) to take on another drama, and would be very happy if she signed on JTBC’s upcoming disaster drama D-Day; she’s just surfaced as the main contender for a lead role in it, though the cable station was hasty to add that nothing’s been decided yet.
The latest stories inform us that the disaster that strikes Seoul in the drama will be a large-scale earthquake. That sounds exciting as a narrative possibility, but also makes me wonder if it’s too soon, with the Nepal disaster so fresh on our minds. The drama focuses on the medical relief efforts in the wake of the destruction, led by a team of rescue workers and doctors who rush in and risk their lives to save others. The tone sounds like a moving human drama, conveying messages of humanity, love, and the value of life.
That actually sounds a lot like another upcoming drama, the buzz project Descended From the Sun, starring Song Hye-gyo and Song Joong-ki and written by Heirs’ and Secret Garden’s Kim Eun-sook. That drama also centers around medical aid workers, only they’ll be in foreign disaster zones. (Frankly, I’d really rather see this version where the disaster is closer to home and the drama is less flashy with the location shoots. Though Descended does have a pretty great cast lineup.)
Kim Young-kwang (Plus Nine Boys) is in the mix to play the male lead, a general surgeon who follows his convictions. Jung So-min’s potential character is a resident in orthopedic surgery who has a “strong personality,” whatever that means, though it is in all ways better than having a weak one. There will also be a third lead character (male) that has yet to be cast.
Jung So-min had a great run heading JTBC’s Could We Marry, so perhaps she’ll be able to find success again with the station. I do love that talented actors who aren’t yet able to headline broadcast television shows now have cable as an option, where they can prove they can handle carrying a show.
D-Day hasn’t secured a timeslot yet, but is in talks to take the Friday-Saturday spot in the summer, following Beloved Eun-dong.
Via TV Daily