Chae Soo-bin offered lead for high school mystery drama Solomon’s Perjury
Ooh, Chae Soo-bin (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) may be getting her first leading role, which would be great news because she’s a promising new talent who could definitely handle taking on a lead in a serious high school drama about bullying and school violence called Solomon’s Perjury, based on a Japanese film of the same name. Infinite idol L (She’s So Lovable) is likewise in contention to join the cast, and well, let’s just say that I’m not quite as excited about him as I am about her, but I’ll keep an open mind.
The project was recently announced by JTBC for production this year, and the plot sounded intriguing and made me curious to see what direction they’d take it in. (Serious drama? Genre mystery? High school thriller?) With this casting news (albeit still unconfirmed), I see that they’re casting a bit older than I’d initially expected—he’s 24, she’s 22—but they both look young and could pass for high schoolers. In fact, it wasn’t long ago that they both played high schoolers, and were pretty great at it: Chae Soo-bin often stole the show as the desperate and manipulative high school villain in Sassy Go Go, while L had an angsty bromance with his buddies in Shut Up: Flower Boy Band, which is the best he’s been, acting-wise.
Maybe it’s a bit ironic that Chae Soo-bin’s heroine character is the complete opposite of her Sassy Go Go breakout role; the character is sympathetic to the weak and tough against the strong. When the school is rocked by a classmate’s death, the police rule it a suicide while the media sensationalize the story, and the students lose faith in the system. Instead, they decide to get to the bottom of the situation themselves, and Chae Soo-bin’s character is one of those determined to uncover the truth. The character L is in contention for is described merely as male lead. I’m not very familiar with the original property, but Chae’s potential casting is being called a solo lead, so we can expect her to have far more prominence than his character.
All in all, it sounds like a meaty project for the actors, and as a JTBC show, I feel safe entertaining expectations that it’ll be well-made and thoughtful. Solomon’s Perjury is being planned for premiere late this year, and while a timeslot has not been confirmed, it seems likely that it’ll take up the Friday-Saturday slot in December, after This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair.
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