With two weeks left until its premiere, don’t be surprised to start seeing more promotional material from upcoming weekend drama The Best Lee Soon Shin. I’m also uncertain whether relatively newbie actress IU, with only a supporting part in Dream High under her belt, is ready to headline a drama that is named after her character no less. She has a unique charm that isn’t too manufactured though she is at that awkward age between late teens and young adult. I’m not that worried mostly because this drama is a sprawling family and work piece with a big cast consisting of seasoned and capable actors with their own stories to tell. I’m the most excited to see Jo Jung Seok finally get his leading man role, and the first glimpse of him in the teaser below sent me into fits of happy giggles. He totally does the poker-face-secretly-smiling-inside look perfectly. Their age difference of 13 years doesn’t weird me out since they probably play closer in age onscreen and good organic chemistry goes a long way. I’m sure this drama will milk IU’s character name of Lee Soo Shin until we all want to scream “Yes, she shares the same name as the famed admiral Yi Soon Shin!” The teaser below with IU doing a Charlie Chaplin routine was unexpected, but I like that the drama doesn’t make her plucky by giving her an unfashionable haircut, making her bumbling or screechy, or in general throwing the bathwater of Candy cliches on the screen. She appears pretty, somewhat talented, and not a total wack job who shouldn’t be pursuing a career in entertainment. I can’t wait to see her and Jo Jung Seok interact and see the sparks fly!
First Teaser for The Best Lee Soon Shin: