Lee Jong-seok, Suzy in talks to reunite with writer Park Hye-ryun
Yay, a new Park Hye-ryun drama is on the way! The hit writer of I Hear Your Voice, Pinocchio, Dream High, and Page Turner is coming back with a new drama called While You Were Sleeping, which is tentatively being planned for a spring 2017 broadcast. Park Hye-ryun’s go-to leading man Lee Jong-seok (W–Two Worlds) has signed on to star, making this his third drama with this writer after I Hear Your Voice and Pinocchio. Suzy (Uncontrollably Fond) is currently considering an offer to star opposite him, and if she signs on, this will be her second drama with writer Park after Dream High, which was her acting debut.
While You Were Sleeping is a supernatural romance that sounds like I Hear Your Voice crossed with Oh Hae-young Again—it’s about a woman who can see the future in her dreams, and a prosecutor who fights to stop these future events from happening. The heroine has dreams about unfortunate events that will happen to other people, and the hero is a prosecutor who runs around trying to prevent her tragic visions from coming true. It seems like a terrible curse to only see bad things in the future, but I can see it fitting perfectly hand-in-hand with a prosecutor’s line of work, the same way hiccuping-as-lie-detector worked for reporters in Pinocchio.
Admittedly, one half of the casting news excites me a whole lot more than the other. I love it whenever Park Hye-ryun and Lee Jong-seok team up for a drama, and I would honestly be happy if he just kept doing her rom-coms to the end of time. Since he’s confirmed, I’m already looking forward to the series no matter who else gets cast.
Suzy’s acting, on the other hand, still leaves me cold and I always struggle to connect emotionally with her characters. The one upside is that I liked Suzy best in Dream High, where she got to play a spunky heroine—it’s this writer’s specialty, and it means there’s a chance that I’ll end up liking Suzy in this role. I can’t promise I won’t be sitting here wondering what it would’ve been like if someone else had been cast though. But I’m going to focus on the happy news, because I’ve been missing this writer’s dramas lately, and was especially sad that Page Turner was a measly three episodes long. Next year’s lineup is looking brighter already.
While You Were Sleeping is currently being shopped at broadcasters, and is aiming for a spring 2017 premiere.
- News bites: November 5, 2016
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- Noir movie VIP enlists Jang Dong-gun, Park Hee-soon, and Lee Jong-seok
- W–Two Worlds: Episode 1
- Uncontrollably Fond: Episode 1
- Lee Jong-seok joins the cameo parade in Gogh’s Starry Night
- Suzy transforms into Joseon-era singer in Dorihwaga (Sound of a Flower)
- Kim Woo-bin and Suzy couple up in Lee Kyung-hee romance drama
- Suzy bows out of Cheese in the Trap