Lee Yo-won, Yoo Ji-tae become freedom fighters for Different Dream
Lee Yo-won, Yoo Ji-tae
It looks like there’s been a casting switcheroo for historical drama Different Dream. Originally last year, Lee Young-ae (Dae Jang Geum) was considering the project, but it looks like she’s no longer a part of the project. Instead, Lee Yo-won (Buam-dong Revenge Social Club) will be leading the cast as the spy-doctor heroine. She’ll be joined by the one and only Yoo Ji-tae (Mad Dog), who will be playing the famous independence fighter Kim Won-bong.
Taking place amidst the backdrop of historical Gyeongseong (now Seoul), Manchuria, and Shanghai, this melodrama will make the Pacific War the centerpiece of conflict. The story begins in the early 1900s during the imperial Japanese colonization era. A Joseon girl is adopted into a Japanese family and grows up to become a beautiful surgeon with a secret. By day, she’s a life-saving doctor, but by night, she becomes a country-saving secret intelligence agent.
Yoo Ji-tae’s character Kim Won-bong is based on the actual historic figure who was famed to be the leader of the Euiyeoldan, an underground independence group. The character is described to have a “fiery heart” and move with “decisive action.” The drama captures the time of his life when he becomes an intelligence agent for the Provisional Government of Korea (based in Shanghai) alongside Lee Yo-won’s fictional character, Lee Young-jin.
Different Dream is a tribute in honor of the centennial anniversary of the establishment of the Provisional Government of Korea, which was a huge step in Korea’s fight for independence. Director Yoon Sang-ho (Legend and Saimdang, Light’s Diary) and writer Jo Gyun-won (IRIS, IRIS 2) will be joining forces for this period spy drama.
It will begin airing in the latter half of 2019, and the filming is set to begin this October.