Jang Hee-jin up to join KBS’s On the Way to the Airport
Jang Hee-jin has been offered a leading role in upcoming KBS drama On the Way to the Airport, which previously confirmed casting Kim Haneul (A Gentleman’s Dignity) and Lee Sang-yoon (Twenty Again), and is positively considering it. She’s been busy at work on the currently airing fantasy sageuk Mirror of the Witch, so taking on this project would have her jumping back to work almost immediately.
On the Way to the Airport is a contemporary drama centered around married couples and poses the question of whether men and women can be friends, and have non-adulterous relationships outside of their marriages. Described as a sentimental melodrama, the drama aims to be relatable and comforting. So I’m thinking introspective human drama, not extreme relationship angst.
Kim Haneul plays a capable veteran flight attendant who married her pilot husband when she got pregnant and now has a young daughter. Lee Sang-yoon was initially reported to be playing her husband, but that’s since changed; instead, he’d be husband to Jang Hee-jin’s character. Lee is a part-time architecture lecturer who’s said to be happily married, although Jang Hee-jin’s character fears she may lose her husband. That’s partly because she starts to discover and learn things that she hadn’t known about herself. She’s a dignified wife who puts in a lot of effort without voicing any complaint, doing the hard work of preparing endless family memorial rites and playing hostess for important guests. It also sounds like things get shaken up with Lee Sang-yoon and Kim Haneul meet, though those details are stingy.
In any case, I’ve found Jang Hee-jin’s career trajectory to be fascinating, because it’s a case of an actor proving that you can improve and develop acting skill later in your career; she started out so flat and one-note (Myung-wol the Spy, Big) as the textbook dull bitchy second lead that I never thought she’d do much more. And then she really woke up or turned on a switch or discovered something in herself, because she’s been actively compelling in dramas like Scholar Who Walks the Night, Village: Secret of Achiara, and now Mirror of the Witch.
On the Way to the Airport will be written by Lee Sook-yeon of One Fine Spring Day and directed by PD Kim Chul-kyu of Summer Scent and Hwang Jin-yi. The drama will follow Uncontrollably Fond as a Wednesday-Thursday KBS drama, premiering in September.
Via TV Report
- Kim Haneul, Lee Sang-yoon confirm On the Way to the Airport
- Kim Haneul eyes drama comeback with On the Way to the Airport
- Choi Ji-woo, Lee Sang-yoon courted for On the Way to the Airport
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- Ready to conquer fate in Mirror of the Witch
- Lush character posters for fantasy sageuk Mirror of the Witch
- Jang Hee-jin signs on as cursed queen in Mirror of the Witch
- Village: Secret of Achiara: Episode 1
- Scholar Who Walks the Night: Episode 1