I thought IRIS 2 was one of the biggest busts of the 2013 year considering its massive cast and astronomical budget. KBS pretty much took a wash on it and in the process wasted some of my favorite leading men in Jang Hyuk and Lee Bum Soo in yet another stinker. KBS has more than made up for it with Lee Bum Soo, giving him such a plum role as the Korean Prime Minister in a sweet and sparkling gem of a rom-com that is Prime Minister and I. The network appears to be doing the same for Jang Hyuk, who has just confirmed that he’ll be headlining a rom-com on KBS Mon-Tues to air after the melodrama Full Sun with Yoon Kye Sang and Han Ji Hye. Since MBC has the ratings leader Empress Ki going until April, it makes sense KBS isn’t even bothering with the sageuk genre but will instead toggle melodrama with rom-com to offer up an alternative to the viewers. I love Jang Hyuk so so much and if his upcoming rom-com called Mozart Romance is anywhere as wonderful as PM has been, this will more than sooth my ruffled feathers over his ridiculous character and plot line in IRIS 2. Jang Hyuk hasn’t done a rom-com in almost 12 years since Successful Story of the Bright Girl which launched his and Jang Nara‘s careers. His tendency is towards serious fare and since his discharge from the military in 2006 he’s had an equal share of drama hits I’ve loved (Thank You, Chuno, Tree with Deep Roots) as well as misses (Tazza, Robbers, Midas, IRIS 2). If Sidus HQ hadn’t gotten into a pissing match with SBS and pulled Jang Hyuk from Secret Garden at the last minute and Hyun Bin stepped in, he would have already done his rom-com with Ha Ji Won and SG as we know it would have been a different beast. Not much is available about Mozart Romance other than a brief character synopsis: Jang Hyuk plays a genius composer who idolizes Mozart and ends up in a coma for 14 years, once he wakes up he finds his first love is now with his rival who is a Salieri-esque envious composer, and in his re-normalization process he meets a young aspiring singer who has the voice but suffers from stage fright. This sounds all so melodramatic so I’m going to have to trust in KBS who says this is going to be a rom-com.
None of the other cast members have been finalized yet since the drama is still far from airing. Judging from the character synopsis, the female lead is going to be much younger than the other three leads. If SM wants to keep striking while its iron is hot, what with three stellar outings in a row with its actresses with Go Ara in Answer Me 1994, Yoona in Prime Minister and I, and Lee Yeon Hee in Miss Korea, then I’m all for using one of SM’s singer-actress talent since the female lead has to know how to sing. Speaking of singing, who’s the best female singer in SM anyways?