The upcoming MBC weekend drama Golden Rainbow just started filming for the extended kids section. Should we all run for the hills now? Start chanting prayers for the cast and crew to make it out alive, and hopefully not lose a chunk of their brain and soul? I think the cast will be fine since everyone is an actor by profession and just because they are asked to say nonsensical lines and act inconsistent plots doesn’t mean it’ll affect them personally. Otherwise I would be sending out petitions that the casts of such illustrious “dramas” of yore such as Fashion King, I Summon You, Gold, May Queen, and many more, are all sent to specialists for counseling. I don’t know if we the viewers will be fine if we’re subjected to yet another long arduous journey where it starts off promising only to devolve into complete and utter narrative mayhem. May Queen is a good point of reference because of three connections with Golden Rainbow – same network MBC, same screenwriter, and similar ocean-based industries (MQ was shipping, GR is seafood). The drama has two acting group lures, the first being a long 10-episode kids section with 7 very talented child actors playing 7 unrelated orphans who rely on each other. Leading that group is Kim Yoo Jung, I see Lee Chae Mi (who just wrapped Two Weeks), Kwak Dong Yeon (Jang Ok Jung), and many more adorable urchins.
Then comes the solid group of heavyweight established actors playing the parents generation, with Kim Sang Joong, Ahn Nae Sang, Do Ji Won, and Jo Min Ki. The casting from the youngsters and the elders are are good and fine, it’s really the rumored leads that is worth discussing. UEE is confirmed as the leading lady (her younger counterpart is Kim Yoo Jung), but her two leading men are thus unofficially confirmed but reportedly already onboard. Jung Il Woo will be making a drama land return since his second male lead role in The Moon Embraces the Sun in early 2012. Apparently his usual collaboration stylist has already joined the production crew of Golden Rainbow, so I say his casting fairly locked down. There are murmurings from MBC insiders that Yunho (of DBSK fame and many a drama that should not be named) will be playing the second male lead here or an important cameo of sorts. Not sure and no word from his camp yet. UEE is no stranger to weekend dramas and her most famous role to date was probably her popular turn opposite Joo Won in Ojakkyo Brothers, whereas if Jung Il Woo and Yunho join it would be a first for either of them in a weekend drama format and genre. Yunho is pretty much hopeless as an actor, but I’m optimistic UEE and Jung Il Woo would be a very promising onscreen couple in terms of looks and chemistry. I also really like the PD here, he directed I Do I Do, My Princess, and Hon. GR premieres in November after the end of Kim Jae Won‘s Scandal: That Very Shocking and Immoral Incident.