Lee Ki-kwang, Lee Yeol-eum to play leads’ teen years in MBC’s Monster
Wait, what? You’re going to cast Lee Ki-kwang, born in 1990, as the teenage version of Seo Kang-joon, born in 1993? I’m no math expert, but that seems wrong. MBC’s new Monday-Tuesday drama Monster still hasn’t confirmed its leads — offers are out to Hwang Jung-eum (She Was Pretty) and Seo Kang-joon (Cheese in the Trap) to headline — but has cast childhood counterparts for them in Lee Ki-kwang (Mrs. Cop) and Lee Yeol-eum (Village: Secret of Achiara).
I’m honestly vexed as to why on earth you would bother casting someone older than the actor you’re courting to play the hero, to play him younger. The only thing I can think is that Seo Kang-joon is miscast in the role… But he was cast first… I don’t get it. My head hurts.
The series comes from hit writer Jang Young-chul of Empress Ki, Incarnation of Money, History of the Salaryman, and Giant, which sets expectations pretty high. I did think they would cast an older actor for the 50-episode epic about a man’s gripping revenge story against the rich and powerful. For one, the story spans 20 years, beginning with the IMF crisis in 1997 to the present day, and he’s the main character who faces off against society’s 0.001% and overcomes all sorts of adversity in order to reveal their true faces to the world.
In any case, Lee Ki-kwang and Lee Yeol-eum are confirmed, math be damned. They’ll open the series as the leading characters in their high school years, which will last about 4 episodes. Aside from the backwards age thing, I can certainly see them in the roles — Lee Ki-kwang still has a baby face and Lee Yeol-eum is always in a high school uniform anyway. Though casting her immediately makes me think Hwang Jung-eum’s character will be a mean girl in high school.
Monster will follow Monday-Tuesday drama Dazzling Temptation in April.
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- Village: Secret of Achiara: Episode 1
- Mrs. Cop: Episode 1
- Mrs. Cop recruits Lee Ki-kwang, Park Yong-woo
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