I totally need to buy a lottery ticket or something, what with my penchant for correct predictions. A few weeks ago I posted a speculation of the young actresses who could be in contention for the highly coveted lead actress role in Seasons dramas PD Yoon Seok Ho‘s upcoming drama Love Rides the Rain, which had already cast Jang Geun Seok in the dual roles of father and son in a story spanning the two generations. The actress I thought had the highest probability to land the role, based on availability, age, A-list status, and previous experience with PD Yoon, was none other than Han Hyo Joo.
Word is starting to trickle out that she has in fact been cast, and was indeed PD Yoon’s first choice, as she was a complete unknown when PD Yoon picked her for his last drama Spring Waltz. This casting had not been officially confirmed, but the news media is starting to quote sources from the production company. My gut tells me this casting is pretty much final unless Han Hyo Joo backs out for whatever reason.
LRtR is scheduled to start filming in October, with a Spring 2012 broadcast date. The reason for the 6 month delay is not because this drama will be completely pre-produced, but because PD Yoon wants to set the two generation stories in two different settings – Autumn for the 1970s father story, and Spring for the 2010 son story. The idea is to contrast love in different eras and across generational gaps. So filming will be halt temporary after shooting during the Autumn, and will resume in Spring of 2012 in time for it’s broadcast date.
I personally find this a very interesting and ambitious project, and I’m looking forward to the same-age pairing of Jang Geun Seok with Han Hyo Joo. While Hyo Joo isn’t the most versatile of actresses, I think she’s pretty well-suited for PD Yoon’s penchant for moody pieces with lots of lingering stares. Oh, and don’t worry, Geun Seok has confirmed that he’s definitely cutting his hair for this drama.
[Credit: Nate news]