KBS just just premiered it’s new Mon-Tues drama Full Sun (Beyond the Clouds) today and just like clockwork the casting is getting finalized for the follow up drama Big Man. I’m still a bit sad that the rom-com Mozart Romance got pulled from the line up, despite Prime Minister and I puttering to its conclusion I’m still in the mood for a lighthearted romance more than anything. The drama gods did go ahead and make Big Man as palatable for me as possible by giving my man Kang Ji Hwan the titular role. Kang Ji Hwan continues his one-drama-one-movie alternating schedule and having wrapped the road trip movie Shoot for the Sun with Yoon Jin Seo last Fall, he had some time to recharge and now is the perfect time to dive into a drama filming. I scanned the horizon of available leading ladies who might be up for the role opposite Kang Ji Hwan and worried that the ones I want will pass and he’ll end up with a leading lady that turns me off watching. Luckily the casting drum roll has landed on an unexpected but pretty intriguing pick.
Jung Ryeo Won is in talks to join Big Man and hopefully she’ll accept and play an equally big woman kind of role that she deserves. She’s one of those leading ladies that took a long time for me to warm up to and it wasn’t until History of the Salaryman that I saw her in a brand new light. She was electric and mesmerizing opposite Lee Bum Soo (that man, he has the magic co-star touch) and playing against type in the role of a foul-mouthed chaebol heiress. She also earned great reviews in King of Dramas but I don’t know anyone who kept up with Medical Top Team so no word on how she fared there other than the entire drama being a complete dud. Jung Ryeo Won isn’t confirmed yet but is favorably considering the role and close to signing, and if she accepts will mark her first KBS drama since she debuted with a bit part in a KBS drama in 2002. I can already picture her with Kang Ji Hwan and I think they would make a really fantastic onscreen acting combo. While Big Man is wooing its leading lady, it’s already succeeded in bringing on board it’s resident antagonist – Danial Choi will be playing the baddie in this drama which is the first time he’s playing the antagonist in a drama if my memory is correct. The man fairly twinkles with warmth and goodness so it’ll be a great chance for him to stretch his acting chops.