Kim Sae-ron joins Nam Joo-hyuk in Dazzling Temptation
MBC’s new Monday-Tuesday melodrama Dazzling Temptation has cast its leads — or at least their childhood counterparts, who will open the series in an extended 10-episode backstory. Kim Sae-ron (High School: Love On) has signed on to play the younger heroine, while Nam Joo-hyuk (Who Are You—School 2015) is considering an offer to play the younger hero. Strangely they seem like a familiar pairing, maybe because they both recently did high school dramas.
The new series is a 50-episode contemporary drama from the writer of Gold Rainbow and May Queen and the director of Mama and Level 7 Civil Servant, about two high school classmates who grow up and end up becoming stepmother and daughter.
The melodrama will be about human ambition and desire, and “the double-edged sword of truth and revenge, used to gain power in a moving fortress.” That… is a whole lot of metaphor, and I don’t even know if truth and revenge are two sides of any one thing, but okay. The drama has undergone many working titles like Their Fortress and Moving Fortress, so the castle/fortress motif must be central, if vague.
Kim Sae-ron has been cast to play the leading character, a young girl who grows up without any concept of money but develops a keen sense of touch at the age of four, enough to tell the difference between coins by touch. (I hope they don’t mean by size, because that seems quite un-extraordinary.)
We’re not told how this becomes of use in her future, but the drama will focus on the jealousy and strife between the two female leads, and the revenge mission of the man they both love. I don’t know if I can handle that much melodrama — maybe I’ll watch Kim Sae-ron’s backstory portion and pretend they grow up and live happily ever after?
Dazzling Temptation follows Hwajeong in October.
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