MBC’s Tyrant gets renamed Monster, still looking for a leading lady
The MBC project formerly known as Tyrant has opted for a name change, and is now going by Monster (it’s the English word transliterated into Korean, not a Korean word meaning monster). I don’t think Monster’s a bad title for a drama, but it does kinda seem to me to be one step down on the interesting scale, doesn’t it?
Hwang Jung-eum (She Was Pretty) is still in contention for the lead, and as of yet she’s the only name being floated as a casting possibility. (She did just announce her plans to marry at the end of next month, which may delay her plans to return to work quite so quickly… but on the other hand, Hwang Jung-eum is an actress who likes to cram her schedule from end to end with drama after drama, so maybe a little thing like a wedding and newlywed life won’t keep her from jumping into another project.)
The drama is described as the story of one man’s revenge against an irrational world, as he sets out to challenge the privilege and authority of society’s top 0.001%, revealing their ugly true faces. He’s a big proponent of the philosophy of noblesse oblige (that those with privilege carry an obligation to treat those less fortunate with generosity), which makes him a populist against the corrupted elite, which is certainly a popular motif in dramaland these days. I’d thought Tyrant was a nicely evocative title that works with that premise, but maybe we’ll see that Monster is a better fit.
The writer is a much bigger draw for me than the director, since Jang Young-chul was the writer of History of the Salaryman, Giant, and Incarnation of Money (which explains the Hwang Jung-eum connection, since she was in the latter two), while PD Joo Sang-woo has worked on a number of weekend dramas, including Legendary Witches and Hundred Year Inheritance.
Monster will follow the 50-episode run of current Monday-Tuesday series Dazzling Temptation with a 50-episode run of its own beginning in April.