Lee Won-geun joins The Good Wife as Jeon Do-yeon’s rival
Aw, I feel like Lee Won-geun is graduating to the big leagues now. Despite the fact that his first big leading role (in KBS’s youth drama Sassy Go Go) wasn’t a commercial success, he left a good impression as a solid young actor, and now he gets to go toe-to-toe with Jeon Do-yeon in tvN’s remake of the The Good Wife. Lee has signed on to play her main rival at the law firm, Matt Czuchry’s character in the original.
It’s definitely an odd match-up, but that’s kind of the point — Jeon Do-yeon’s character returns to her career as a lawyer after spending 13 years as a stay-at-home mom, so when she has to start over at the bottom of the food chain, her colleagues and rivals are bound to be young attorneys fresh out of law school. In the original series, the heroine and the sharp Harvard-educated rival both start out as first-year associates at the firm and discover that there’s only one permanent job opening, which pits them against one another.
The series will be about Jeon Do-yeon’s return to the workforce after her prosecutor husband Yoo Ji-tae (Healer) is disgraced in a public scandal. In order to provide for her family, she’ll go to work at a firm run by an old law school friend and love interest Yoon Kye-sang (Last) and his co-CEO Kim Seo-hyung (Assembly). After School’s Nana has also been cast as Jeon Do-yeon’s investigator/assistant.
I still kind of see Lee Won-geun as a kid because of Sassy Go Go, but he’s 25, and the young image is probably a good thing to really play up the contrast in ages. I can’t imagine starting over in a career and being rivals with a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed graduate, but the ajumma’s sure to one-up him with her life skills and general ajumma badassery, right?
The Good Wife will be a Monday-Tuesday drama premiering in June.
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