This is probably the least surprising drama casting confirmation in a long time but Lee Jong Seok has finally let the cat out of the bag that he’ll be returning to television this fall in the SBS drama Pinocchio opposite Park Shin Hye. Regardless of whether you personally like either or both Lee Jong Seok or Park Shin Hye, they are undeniably two of the biggest names in the twenty-something K-ent acting pool and their involvement will guarantee this drama gets double or treble the publicity and fan attention then with less popular names attached. Pinocchio comes from the production team of the PD-writer behind the surprise SBS hit I Hear Your Voice, also the drama that vaulted Lee Jong Seok one level up from rising to established acting star.
Joining Lee Jong Seok and Park Shin Hye are the now confirmed second leads Kim Young Kwang and Lee Yoo Bi. I love Lee Yoo Bi ever since she dang near stole Gu Family Book with her acting but I’m part of the majority out there who can’t stand Kim Young Kwang. He’s a busy boy what with acting in the currently airing cable network tvN drama Plus Nine Boys which will end in time for him to dive right into Pinocchio filming. What I don’t like about him is his onscreen aura, this cocksure smirk that carries through whatever character he plays. He’s like a Kim Woo Bin lite but without Woo Bin’s star quality and talent to validate the attitude. Oh well, maybe I’ll change my mind about him in this drama but regardless I’m pleased this cast is finalized and I can start looking forward to it. Pinocchio airs in November on Wed-Thurs following My Lovely Girl.
For Park Shin Hye who got a lot of deserved flack for her last drama Heirs in playing a truly gormless female lead the way Eun Sang was written, she’ll probably feel more optimistic heading into Pinocchio since this screenwriter is known for writing tough and independent female characters with their own narrative trajectories. I really loved Park Shin Hye’s character and performance in Flower Boy Next Door and I want to see something along those lines but outgoing rather than introverted. Lee Yoo Bi is so awesome I hope there is a strong girl friendship element to this drama. Hhhhmmm, this casting means Lee Jong Seok is out for Blood. Hahaha, lemme laugh at my own pun for a second here. I personally think it’s the right choice for him, he’s already played a doctor in Dr. Stranger so time to try out another profession. A plucky reporter sounds like something he can do in his sleep.