Go Sung-hee up to romance Park Hyung-shik in Suits
We’re finally hearing about potential casting for a leading lady in the K-drama remake of American television series Suits, which early on secured Jang Dong-gun (VIP, A Gentleman’s Dignity) and Park Hyung-shik (Strong Woman Do Bong-soon) to headline. Now Go Sung-hee (While You Were Sleeping) has reportedly received an offer, which she is currently considering.
The drama centers around an unconventional duo at a top corporate law firm: One is a college dropout and legal genius who takes the bar exam for other people, and the other is the corporate lawyer who hires him at his firm despite knowing he doesn’t have a law degree. That’s because he values the younger man’s combination of legal knowledge and street smarts, but it means that his lack of credentials must remain a secret between only the two of them. Jang Dong-gun will play the immensely successful older lawyer and Park Hyung-shik the genius with a superhuman memory, in a spot-on bit of casting.
The character Go Sung-hee has been offered is the chief legal assistant at the Kang & Ham law firm where everyone works, and is described as a leading female role. The character is quite good at her job but does have an inferiority complex toward the lawyers, and she’ll have a loveline with Park Hyung-shik. Well… maybe he’ll have enough charisma for the both of them? Or maybe the oodles of charisma between the two leading men will be enough for the show, which is really more of a bromance than a romance? That’s about as optimistic as I’ll dare to get about Go Sung-hee, because she does tend to suck the charisma out of the room, though perhaps the bland characters she’s played can be partly to blame (Spy, Records of a Night Watchman, Miss Korea).
Whether or not she takes the Suits role, we’ll be seeing Go Sung-hee first in the upcoming tvN drama Mother with Lee Bo-young. (In fact, I wonder if she’ll be better there, playing an abusive and neglectful single mother with an opportunity for a range of emotional acting, because the generic nice girls are not her forte.)
Suits will air on KBS as a Wednesday-Thursday drama with a premiere scheduled for early spring.
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