Kim Haneul eyes drama comeback with On the Way to the Airport
Kim Haneul is looking to get back to dramaland, with reports that she’s eyeing her first TV series in four years (since 2012’s rom-com hit Gentleman’s Dignity) and also the first since her marriage last year. The project is KBS’s On the Way to the Airport, which we previously heard was considering Choi Ji-woo and Lee Sang-yoon to star. Choi Ji-woo is no longer in the mix, but Lee Sang-yoon (Twenty Again) still is.
On the Way to the Airport features a married couple at its center, with Kim Haneul playing a flight crew member with 12 years of experience. The character may look elegant and soft, but she’s got a tough strength about her and performs her job capably and competently. She was the breadwinner for her family in her younger days, and is now married (Lee Sang-yoon would play the husband), a pregnancy having prompted them to tie the knot.
The drama is described as telling the story of a second adolescence for people in their late thirties and early forties in a realistic and delicate way, while also incorporating themes of Jeju island living and traditional Korean architecture and the lives of flight crew members. I know, I know, what a scattered description, and not one that particularly sings. But the producers have some solid credentials, such as PD Kim Chul-kyu’s prior dramas Hwang Jin-yi and Daemul; it’ll be a first drama for film screenwriter Lee Sook-yeon (One Fine Spring Day). Plus, I have found that dramas with hazy descriptions can surprise you by turning out unexpectedly well-crafted and thoughtful, in the cases where skilled execution far outstrips the basic one-line plot. So I’m firmly in wait-and-see mode here.
On the Way to the Airport is looking at the Wednesday-Thursday timeslot on KBS to follow Uncontrollably Fond, which puts its premiere in September.
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