Taecyeon offered political drama Assembly, Ji Jin-hee leaves
KBS’s upcoming political drama Assembly, about a working-class man who gets elected to the National Assembly, has locked down its leads in Jung Jae-young (Fatal Encounter) and Song Yoon-ah (Mama), and is now adding supporting cast members. Ok Taecyeon (Three Meals a Day, Wonderful Season) is currently weighing an offer to join the cast as a police officer hopeful, while Ji Jin-hee (Blood) has sadly bowed out of the production.
The new drama from the writer of Jung Do-jeon tells the underdog success story of a welder who comes to represent the working man in the National Assembly. Jung Jae-young plays a naive new politician with big dreams and no experience, and learns just how difficult it is to effect change in government. Song Yoon-ah plays his smart, experienced aide who will help him learn the ropes.
Jin Jin-hee was considering a role as Jung Jae-young’s main political rival, the majority party leader in the assembly. It’s too bad that he passed on the role, but Ji Jin-hee is currently looking at the new weekend drama I Have a Lover opposite Kim Hyun-joo for SBS, so he’ll be back in a drama either way.
Taecyeon is being courted to play a young man who graduated from a small college in a small town, and has failed to land a salaried job at every major company he’s applied to. He’s got bottom-of-the-barrel credentials, and decides to change course by studying to become a police officer. He’s a dogged, studious type, who spends his days in the library and his nights as a designated driver.
Really, Taec as a guy who spends all day in the library?
Other new cast additions include Kim Seo-hyung (History of the Salaryman) as a member of the assembly, and Misaeng’s Tae In-ho (he was Byun Yo-han’s terrible assistant manager) as Jung Jae-young’s secretary.
Assembly follows Masked Prosecutor and premieres July 15.
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