This is far and away the best casting confirmation in a busy K-ent news day filled with lots of casting reveals. The Spring weekend dramas are lining up its leads with Lee Dong Wook reuniting with his My Girl co-star Lee Da Hae in Hotel King, up against the totally random pairing of Lee Sang Yoon with Gu Hye Sun for Angel Eyes. Thank god those are both weekend dramas which is a time slot that is a casual watch for me based only on what piques my interest. Since Spring is still coming despite how the cold appears to be overstaying its welcome this Winter, the prime time dramas need to also start confirming its cast and today the most highly anticipated (by me) police drama You’re All Surrounded has inked the contracts with double male leads Lee Seung Gi and Cha Seung Won. Hurray! It is a little early for this drama to lock down a cast since it’s going to be following Three Days on SBS Wed-Thurs, and Three Days hasn’t even aired yet considering it’s predecessor You From Another Star has four more episodes left to air. With that said, better safe than sorry and lock down both of these A-listers before either Lee Seung Gi or Cha Seung Won gets any second thoughts.
The drama is described not as a police procedural but more a sweet, funny, and heartwarming drama set in the cop world. I guess that means less murdering psychopaths to track down and more of the lost dogs variety of cases? I kid, the set up is actually in the violent crimes unit of a local precinct where head honcho played by Cha Seung Won finds himself saddled with a bunch of rookies who aren’t terribly invested in their jobs or have a particular passion for crime fighting. Lee Seung Gi’s young cop is described as someone with the outer package of looks but it’s sadly coupled with a less than stellar personality. I’m also interested because I’ve liked the works of both the PD and the screenwriter – the PD directed Incarnation of Money, History of a Salaryman, and Giant while the screenwriter penned Surgeon Bong Dal Hee and Be Strong Geum Soon (and for the record also wrote Ojakkyo Brothers but I never watched that). The rumored leading lady Park Min Young, who was first up for the female lead in Dr. Stranger before turning that down and bouncing over to You’re All Surrounded, is also confirmed today to not being in this drama. That means the coveted slot is open again and I’m going to start chanting prayers that the actress cast is a favorite of mine. You’re All Surrounded will start filming in March with an eye towards a late April premiere on SBS.
Park Min Young is out, and given that its been two years since she did any acting project (drama or movie), I’m wondering what exactly is going on with her career management. She recently left her old agency King Kong Entertainment (where a handful of actresses also jumped ship including Kim Sun Ah and Sung Yuri) so hopefully she’ll figured out what she wants to do next. IMO either Dr. Stranger (with red hot Lee Jong Seok) and You’re All Surrounded appear like great projects with a high likelihood of success. Oh well, I’m not going to manage her career for her (leave that to her new agency Culture Depot which also reps Jeon Ji Hyun), and really I’m too excited to really care when Lee Seung Gi and Cha Seung Won are confirmed. *throws confetti!*