SBS is easily the network with the biggest haul in 2013, two of the most highly rated K-dramas of the year Yawang and I Hear Your Voice airs on that network. It’s also the network that tends to start prepping for dramas well in advance, or at least releasing information about it so the public can start noodling over the idea. Kim Soo Hyun’s television return in the alien-come-to-Earth drama Man From Another Star won’t air until December (after Heirs with Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye), but he’s already inked the contract and now the network is off to find him a leading lady. I thought he had incredible chemistry with younger Suzy in Dream High, and dreadful one-sided chemistry with older Han Ga In in The Moon Embraces the Sun. But he’s actually quite a noona-killer himself, having unleashed his potential playing a younger Go Soo in Will it Snow for Christmas, and really improving on it in the caper movie The Thieves where he tried to woo an older Jeon Ji Hyun. She’s one of Korea’s top movie actresses and is credited with being many an international viewer’s entry point to classic K-movies with My Sassy Girl a decade ago. I’ve liked her since, she’s one of those rare Korean beauties that is both a sex-pot and a girl-next-girl, as opposed to one or the other. Jeon Ji Hyun hasn’t done a K-drama in 13 years since Happy Together but her agent has confirmed to the press that SBS has indeed been courting Jeon Ji Hyun for the role of a top actress in this drama. She has only received a synopsis for the drama and will be waiting until she gets actual scripts before making a decision. Such a wise move I have no words, I often wonder how many drama atrocities could be avoided had an actor or actress turned down an offer based on just an outline. Jeon Ji Hyun attended a Christian Dior boutique opening in Seoul last week and donned a CD dress that is very structurally unique and looks great on her. But the thin wool material and grey color seems rather seasonally ill-suited for the Summer. As for the drama casting, while I would like to see her re-team with Kim Soo Hyun, I worry that she’s just too big of a movie star to go back to TV, especially with the recent critical success of her hit film The Berlin Files with Ha Jung Woo.
Man from Another Star is going to rocket up the must-see list if Jeon Ji Hyun does sign on. I hope it doesn’t have a reincarnation spin, like the leading lady in modern times is the reincarnated lover of Kim Soo Hyun’s alien character from the Joseon era when they first met. I do rather like the wink-wink of Jeon Ji Hyun playing an older woman and looking older than Kim Soo Hyun when his character has lived on Earth for hundred of years but appears to the world like a young man.