Kim Kang-woo up to join SBS’s Goodbye Mr. Black
Ah, I do like the direction the casting is taking with Goodbye Mr. Black, SBS’s upcoming revenge drama that’s adapted from a The Count of Monte Cristo–inspired manhwa. First we had Lee Jin-wook (The Time I’ve Loved You) and Moon Chae-won (Good Doctor), then Song Jae-rim (Unkind Women), and now the drama is looking to add Kim Kang-woo (Missing Noir M). All in all, quite a solid lineup.
If he takes the role, Kim Kang-woo would play the CEO of a resort that’s part of a chaebol enterprise. When the last chairman came to an untimely end in an accident, Kim Kang-woo went to Thailand to continue the chairman’s work in petroleum development, made a crap-ton of money in the process, got involved in mergers and acquisitions, and secured his place in the financial world as a newly minted chaebol. All that money’s gotta make him an evil guy, right? That’s generally the tenor in dramaland these days, isn’t it? Money-grubbing chaebols are the devil?
That’s speculation, though, since it’s not explained whether the character is (to paint things in black and white) good or bad; the description merely tells us he is one of the main characters. I think there’s a good chance he’s playing an antagonist, since we know that the hero (Lee Jin-wook) is betrayed by his best friend, and I’d be surprised if Kim were cast for anything smaller than the primary villain role.
Which would be the perfect choice, really, since Kim’s an actor who seems to enjoy throwing himself into the evil roles (Story of a Man, The King’s Advisor). Honestly, even when he’s playing the good guy I’m sometimes a little nervous he might take a dark turn. He could go toe to toe with Lee Jin-wook and maybe even win sometimes (which would be a feat, since I feel like Lee Jin-wook loses to nobody these days—isn’t it amazing how suddenly he turned into an actor with all that gravitas and force, with a side of infuriating charm to make him simultaneously extra-frustrating and extra-hot?).
As for the rest of the cast, Moon Chae-won will play the heroine, a bright young woman who fake-marries the hero so he can reinvent himself with a new name. She’s a helper in his revenge mission but also ends up being a primary force in his healing as they fall in love. Song Jae-rim plays a brainy publisher and news editor who believes in the power of media as more powerful than the word of law.
Goodbye Mr. Black will follow Village: Secret of Achiara as an SBS Wednesday-Thursday drama.
Via IS Plus
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