Taecyeon offered OCN thriller Rescue Me opposite Seo Ye-ji
Taecyeon, Seo Ye-ji
Looks like OCN’s thriller Rescue Me has gone on a casting spree, with four of its main cast members now announced. The drama recently offered a lead role to Seo Ye-ji (Hwarang), who has now officially signed on, while Taecyeon (Bring It On, Ghost) is in the “considering positively” stage. Drama veteran Jo Sung-ha (The K2) is also onboard, as is drama newbie Woo Do-hwan (The Man Living in Our House).
The inciting incident of Rescue Me, which is based on a webtoon titled Out of the World, occurs when a couple of young men hear the whispered plea for help from a girl in an alleyway, and are unable to ignore it and come to help her. Seo Ye-ji will play that girl, described as quiet and calm with a sad look in her eye that shows traces of an inner strength. She’s experienced a series of hardships, beginning in her high school years when her father’s business fails, he falls into debt, and he’s betrayed by his business partner, leading the family to leave Seoul for a new life in a different region.
Taecyeon’s character sounds like your usual perfect drama lead—he’s handsome, smart, good-looking, warm-hearted, and cheerful, although he has also always felt the burden of needing to always be the best. I guess you can’t have everything? He’ll be one of the guys who steps in to save Seo Ye-ji when she asks to be rescued.
Woo Do-hwan plays a character with a quiet and introverted personality and a cold appearance, and the disadvantaged circumstances of his childhood cast a gloom over him. Jo Sung-ha plays an a serial scam artist who’s gone to prison on eight priors, and while serving his time dabbled in all sorts of religions. Upon his re-entry into society, he pulls more cons impersonating ministers and monks and ends up creating his own bogus religion where his followers call him “Yeongbu,” or “Yeong’s Father.”
I like the hint of mystery in the premise, as well as the cult bent of the plot, which seems new and interesting. I can’t say I’m thrilled about either lead, although I do think they were fittingly cast based on the character descriptions. Seo Ye-ji does do still and calm effectively (even if I’d argue that it’s overly effective, in that I find her lacking in presence), while I have always found Taecyeon more convincing being bright and upbeat than anything else. So let’s think optimistic thoughts.
Rescue Me will be written by a new writer who started off in OCN’s open competition, Jung Yi-do, and directed by a film director, Kim Sung-soo of 2013’s mystery-action-thriller Genome Hazard and 2006’s action noir Running Wild. It will be a weekend drama following human-clone-face-off thriller Duel, which follows currently airing time-slip thriller Tunnel, putting its premiere in July.
Woo Do-hwan, Jo Sung-ha
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