Shim Eun-kyung considers return to the small screen with Money Game
If Shim Eun-kyung (Tomorrow Cantabile, The Princess and the Matchmaker) confirms this project, it will be her comeback to dramas from a five year hiatus. The project under consideration is called Money Game, an upcoming tvN drama written by Lee Young-mi and produced by Kim Sang-ho (Spring Must Be Coming).
Money Game is a creative imagining of what would happen if a second IMF crisis were to occur. Part of the plot depicts the pending sale of the publicly funded People’s Bank, which is largely owned by Korea’s government (they hold a 50% share). Historic tensions arise as one side tries to push for a domestic sale, and the other side pushes for a buyout by a foreign private equity firm. According to one report, Shim Eun-kyung is considering a role as an administrative official named Lee Hye-joon, working in the International Finance Bureau. Currently, her management and the production team are talking over the finer details.
Actors Go Soo (Heart Surgeons, Flower in Prison) and Lee Sung-min (Entourage, Memory) are also undergoing negotiations to star in Money Game. It was initially thought that Go Soo had been offered the role of Choi Min-ki, the chief of the International Finance Bureau, but recent reports say that his character’s name is actually Chae Yi-heon and may have a completely different character backstory. Lee Sung-min has been offered the role of Heo Jae who is the Chairman of the Finance Ministry.
Upcoming tvN drama Money Game is supposed to air sometime either later this year or in 2020, but a time slot has not been officially decided.