It’s kinda nice that the unanimous fan pandemonium has dissipated since Choi Kang Hee was cast opposite Joo Won in the upcoming drama version of 7th Level Civil Servant (a remake of the movie version with Kim Ha Neul and Kang Ji Hwan, though the drama version went through multiple names such as The Secret Lovers and Secret Agent War before returning to the same movie name). Not that I think her casting has made more sense in the interim, but I was curious to see what the end result would be with such an unexpected pairing. My feeling that this looks like a crazy-ass casting debacle increased when 2PM‘s maknae Chansung was cast as the second male lead since he’s even younger than Joo Won. Then Kim Min Seo joined as the second female lead, and while I am fond of her and she was easily the best actress in The Moon Embraces the Sun, she is one of those actresses that actually looks more mature than her age.
As such, we have a drama with two female leads are that either older or look older than the two male leads, which appears to be a trend in K-dramas in recent years and show no signs of abating. The cast held their first script reading session and I must say I was pleasantly surprised by how everyone looked sitting next to each other. Choi Kang Hee looks pretty and fresh-faced as per her reputation in the industry for being a baby-face cutie, while both Joo Won and Chansung are giving off manly and mature vibes. This might actually work. The supporting cast actually looks quite sprawling and impressive so this drama clearly is being taken seriously. Choi Kang Hee expressed her excitement at taking on an action role in a thrilling type of drama, while Joo Won is very eager to work with a very seasoned group of sunbae actors. 7th Level premieres in January after Missing You on MBC. I’m relieved the network is following up a bona fide gutwrenching melodrama with something fun and lighthearted.