This one might be a skip from me even though its billed as a rom-com and normally that’s a genre that I’ll always check out. The upcoming Cunning Single Lady is deep into casting after securing leads Lee Min Jung and Joo Sang Wook. She’s a rom-com veteran and her last drama was the blink-and-miss-it low rated political rom-com All About My Love. Not sure if it’s a sign of Lee Min Jung’s flagging popularity or the drama being not so very good. Joo Sang Wook is mostly associated with melos and serious dramas so it’s a treat to watch him in lighthearted fare. I am tempted to check it out now that Seo Kang Joon has been cast. He stood out enough among the child actors in The Suspicious Housekeeper that I thought he was one as well. Turns out he’s the leader of a new idol group called 5urprise. Yes, Park Ji Bin acted circles around him but Park Ji Bin is one of the best child actors of his generation so that’s not much of a diss on Seo Kang Joon. I did think he had great onscreen presence and held his own not just against Park Ji Bin but also opposite Kim So Hyun. He’s been cast here as the younger brother character of second female lead who has also just been confirmed to be played by Kim Gyu Ri. I last saw her in Scandal: That Very Shocking and Immoral Incident, and other than a brief dangerous unknown flirting with incest her character got a good arc of her own. Also joining this cast is a young performer I swear keeps getting acting gigs when he should permanently retire from acting. I’m talking about Infinite‘s L (Kim Myung Soo) and he’s just been cast to play Joo Sang Wook’s driver/personal assistant/secretary/love guru. This character description reminds me of so many great delightful secretary confidantes in dramas past like Secretary Kim in Secret Garden or Secretary Moon in Cheongdamdong Alice. It’s usually a scene-stealing role but in the hands of L I’m already preparing to cringe. He was so awful as little So Ji Sub in The Master’s Sun I was actually shocked it was possible to be that bad even in a flashback scene. Watching Seo Kang Joon v. suffering through more L? Decisions, decisions.
Cunning Single Lady will be directed by the PD of Me Too, Flower! and Queen of Housewives. Writing will be the screenwriter I’ve never heard so this might be another one of those screenplays that wins a shot with a network production. The story involves a divorced woman who dreams of marrying rich who ends up rekindling her romance with her divorced ex after discovering he is not filthy rich. *rolls eyes* Cunning Single Lady will premiere in early March on MBC Wed-Thurs after Miss Korea wraps up.