Lee Shi-young, Kim Young-kwang offered roles in MBC action-thriller Lookout
I was excited to hear that Two Weeks director Sohn Hyung-seok would be coming back with another thriller, titled Lookout, and am further excited now that Lee Shi-young (My Beautiful Bride) is considering one of the lead roles—she’s pretty badass, and does great in strong thrillers. Kim Young-kwang (The Man Living in Our House) has received the offer for the male lead, and is reportedly considering as well.
Lookout is described as a satisfying action thriller with fantasy elements. The story features characters who have lost loved ones to crime, tearing apart their everyday lives, who come together to uphold justice and fight the crime that the police haven’t been able to crack down on. PD Sohn had me on the edge of my seat throughout Two Weeks—man did he know how to sustain pounding suspense—which also involved characters going vigilante when the system failed them, so I’ll cross my fingers for more exciting thrills this time around.
Lee Shi-young’s prospective role is the lead character named Jo Suji, a former Olympic shooter and ex-detective in the violent crimes department; in the current-day storyline, she’s a member of the group of civilian lookouts. Kim Young-kwang is up to play an ambitious prosecutor, Jang Do-han, who “is sharpening his knives for revenge” and gradually becomes “monstrous” in his thirst for vengeance.
Lee Shi-young reportedly felt the character was one she could easily approach, and I can certainly see her playing a fierce character determined to mete out justice. She’s been getting a lot of love these days due to her variety projects (Baek Jong-won’s Three Great Emperors, Real Men), but she’s also a charismatic actress who always pulls me into her characters, so I hope she takes the role. Kim Young-kwang is growing on me, having warmed up considerably through his sweet character in The Man Living in Our House, though I much prefer him as nice guys rather than ambitious, cold ones.
The script won an award in an open drama-writing contest last year, and will be written by rookie writer Kim Soo-eun. Lookout is scheduled to follow MBC’s currently airing Monday-Tuesday drama, Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People, and premieres in May.
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