Alert, alert, K-drama casting change up alert! This is getting so weird I don’t even know where to start. Initially SBS wanted to put teen phenom actor Yeo Jin Gu‘s first headlining drama Can We Love with Yoon Sang Hyun playing the second male lead on its line up. Then it pulled out, probably because the story called for him to fall for a older woman and that’s all sorts of squicky since he really is under-aged in real life. It swapped out Can We Love for I Hear Your Voice, inviting near-aged established leads Lee Bo Young and Kim Jae Won onboard. Word was both said yes and it was a go. Now comes yet another shake up – apparently Kim Jae Won has declined the role and its most likely going to Yoon Sang Hyun. Okay, is SBS just talking with the same few actors here? This would make it a Yoon Sang Hyun and Lee Bo Young drama, which strangely really appeals to me. Here’s the oddity with my feeling towards both actors – I like them and don’t have a good reason why. Lee Bo Young is just residual goodwill from Seodongyeo, while when Yoon Sang Hyun stole the drama in Queen of Housewives, he stole my goodwill for him forever as well. I was probably one of a handful of people who actually really loved his pairing with Yoon Eun Hye in My Fair Lady. Also likely joining the cast is Lee Jong Seok, fresh off a well-received turn in School 2013 after getting some exposure in Secret Garden, where he coincidentally had a man crush on Yoon Sang Hyun’s Oksa. Ahahaha, this is going to be an epic reunion of alterna-OTPs. Read on for more spoilers on the story of I Hear Your Voice, and it’s a doozy. This one involves the fantasy-superpowers element.
The drama centers around government lawyers appointed to defend the indigent and those who “have not even 1% chance of being found innocent.” Yoon Sang Hyun will play a lawyer again after he did it in Can’t Lose with Choi Ji Woo, while Lee Bo Young also plays a lawyer and his colleague in the same agency. He’s fiery and full of righteousness, she doesn’t have a single righteous urge in her body and just does her job because she’s paid to do it. Lee Jong Seok plays a 19 year old young man with the ability to hear what people are thinking. Ah, so this is the “I Hear Your Voice” literal part of the story, as opposed to Can You Hear My Heart‘s symbolic angle. His arrival shakes up the government public defender’s office and changes Lee Bo Young’s approach to her work. There will be love lines going with both leading men, but apparently Lee Bo Young and Yoon Sang Hyun’s characters will be dating at the outset of the drama. This drama is being called a fantasy thoughtful story, whatever that means. It’s slated to follow All About My Love on Wed-Thurs, which will pit it against the Go Hyun Jung school drama Queen’s Classroom on MBC and Sword and Flower with Uhm Tae Woong on KBS. I do want to watch this drama, but my gut tells me SBS is going to be rock bottom in this time slot for the near future. Go Hyun Jung is going to wipe the competition. Speaking of which, if Kim Nam Gil‘s Shark had gotten a Wed-Thurs time slot, it could be a head-to-head-to-head ratings competition between all three Queen Seon Deok alum! That would be neat.