Jung Kyung-ho, Park Sung-woong reunite in tvN’s new fantasy thriller
Jung Kyung-ho, Park Sung-woong, Lee Seol, Lee El
Well, if this isn’t a cast to die for. Months after we first heard Jung Kyung-ho (Life on Mars) had been cast in tvN’s upcoming fantasy drama When the Devil Calls Your Name, the rest of the main cast has been announced, and these names have definitely put this drama on my must-watch list. Park Sung-woong (Hundred Million Stars From the Sky) will be reuniting with his Life on Mars co-star, joining Lee Seol (Bad Detective) and Lee El (Matrimonial Chaos).
The upcoming fantasy mystery thriller not only has a stellar cast, but its premise is intriguing, not least for its connection to a well-known classic. Inspired by Goethe’s tragedy Faust, the show will follow the story of Jung Kyung-ho’s star composer with numerous hits to his name. His fame and talent, however, is a product of a contract he made with the titular devil, selling his soul in exchange for success. Park Sung-woong will be playing the devil, or more specifically, a top actor who’s been possessed by the devil.
Aw, I was hoping for some more of the epic bromance we saw with these two actors in Life on Mars, but I can’t imagine them being super chummy given we first meet them as their contract is coming to an end, and the devil is eager to collect on his deal. I’m sure Jung Kyung-ho isn’t going to go quietly though, as the composer is described as initiating a deadly game with his life on the line.
Lee Seol plays an unsuccessful singer-songwriter who is so unlucky that she would “break her nose if she fell backwards.” Her luck (or lack thereof) is because her talent and life was stolen away from her and given to Jung Kyung-ho when he made his contract with the devil. Once the composer discovers his own success came at the expense of hers, they join forces to recover both of their lives, though they don’t know whether that will lead to heaven or hell.
Lee El, on the other hand, sounds like she’ll play the one main character who isn’t directly involved in this devil’s contract. She’ll play the stylish and trendy CEO of Jung Kyung-ho’s management agency, who is his most trusted peer. She’s a bit of a workaholic as well, and her frankness makes her invaluable to the bedeviled composer when he needs honest advice. I have absolutely no trouble imagining Lee El play the strong, blunt careerwoman with a kickass wardrobe, and I’m already developing a girl crush on her character.
On top of a buzzworthy cast and promising synopsis, When the Devil Calls Your Name will be helmed by director Min Jin-ki, who directed one of my sci-fi favorites, Circle: Two Connected Worlds. He’ll be joined by writer Noh Hye-young, whose drama credits include Come Back Ajusshi and who also penned films Singles and 200 Pound Beauty.
When the Devil Calls Your Name will air on tvN sometime in the first half of this year.