Legal drama Defendant finds leading lady in SNSD’s Yuri
girlfriday: Casting news for SBS’s Defendant!
javabeans: Ooh! Yay! Hit me.
girlfriday: SNSD’s Yuri has been cast in it.
javabeans: …I take that back. But okay, I’ll think positively. Just as long as they get a good lead…
girlfriday: She’s the lead.
javabeans: I didn’t mean hit me that way. Like, the only lead? Or maybe the second lead? Third lead?
girlfriday: She’s the defender in Defendant.
javabeans: That is… terrible news. Why would you come at me with an exclamation point for that? You got me all excited and then kicked me in the shin.
girlfriday: I had to get your attention somehow. I didn’t want to write this story by myself.
javabeans: But.. isn’t this the drama that was supposed to give our Ji Sung back some of his dignity after Entertainer? He already had his Hyeri! Why would you do this to him again?
girlfriday: Ji Sung + idol does seem like a pretty firmly established recipe for disaster. But is Yuri better than Hyeri?
javabeans: Erm… That is a question with no winners. I suppose she might pull off a lawyer better than Hyeri, and Yuri’s acting style isn’t “shout indiscriminately at everything,” but then again maybe Hyeri is better at the emotional stuff? But really, we’re comparing heights of acorns on this one.
girlfriday: She’s been cast as the public defender heroine, the role originally considered by Han Ye-seul. She’s described as an idealistic, hardworking lawyer who wants to be cool-headed, but always loses her temper in court and loses all her cases.
javabeans: I can’t say I’m crying about losing Han Ye-seul, who I like mostly when playing comically over-the-top types. I just feel like if we were going to get someone else, it should be someone better?
girlfriday: This is more like a step sideways. I liked Yuri well enough in the bubbly rom-com web drama Gogh’s Starry Night, but this is a heavy legal thriller where she has to defend a man with amnesia on death row.
javabeans: I did think she was okaaaaaay in Neighborhood Hero (much better than Fashion King, at least), but she’s not anyone I’d get excited about. I want someone on par with Ji Sung, or even a little less awesome would do. Just, not that much less awesome. He’s not confirmed yet, but it sounds like he’s close to it, and it was sounding like an interestingly intense drama, from the writer of City Hunter and the PD of Yawang and 49 Days.
girlfriday: You know, I’m sure Yuri will be serviceable if the character is meant to be the plucky Candy type heroine.
javabeans: Yes, I don’t think she will tank the show. It’s just that the words that come to mind with her are all of that ilk: serviceable, tolerable, acceptable. And the last time we got a plucky, hot-headed public defender who lost all her cases, it was Lee Bo-young and the words we used for her were…
girlfriday: Sassy, amazing, hilarious, memorable, and perfect?
javabeans: They should just get her. I’m sure someone on this team has an in with her. Surely they could put in a call.
girlfriday: Can you just imagine the sizzling chemistry that would unfold?
javabeans: *Dreams* It would be kind of weird for fans to write fanfic about a married couple, though, wouldn’t it?
girlfriday: They call that real life.
Via TV Daily
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