Eeeps, this drama casting news is about as perfect as it gets., at least for the male leads. I’m still hoping the female lead side falls through and another actress I love better gets the gig. For two years MBC was on a steady stream of sageuks on Mon-Tues nights until modern cop-gambler drama Triangle arrived in that slot. Triangle was followed by Records of a Night Watchman which has now been replaced by modern legal drama Pride and Prejudice. Maybe MBC is planning to toggle sageuk-modern from now on because the drama to follow P&P will be the fantasy fusion sageuk Shine or Go Crazy. Yeah, the title is a mouthful and weird but let’s go with it.
Just like Jang Nara is going right back into a MBC drama with Mr. Back, her Fated to Love You costar Jang Hyuk is in talks to headline Shine or Go Crazy. His leading lady may be Oh Yeon Seo who just finished the highly rated MBC weekend drama Come, Jang Bori!, once again proving that MBC loves rewarding its successful weekend ladies with a subsequent prime time gig (case in point Baek Jin Hee). Sageuks are widely acknowledged as a forte genre for him (Chuno was a career altering performance) so I’m super stoked he’s considering this drama. Even more exciting? So is Im Joo Hwan, being courted as the second male lead which I don’t even have issue with since…..holy momma PARK KYU IS BACK!
I love Jang Hyuk, though not always particular projects of his, but anything he’s in I’ll always check out. Even when his dramas suck like IRIS 2, he always rises above the suckage almost like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Im Joo Hwan‘s most memorable drama performance, for me at least, remains Tamra the Island. It’s also firmly one of my personal top-10 favorite dramas for story, chemistry, directing, and soundtrack. Basically it’s about perfect as it gets. I also loved him in the SBS daily Ugly Alert, vastly underrated but actually pretty fantastic. Having Dae Gil and Park Kyu in the same sageuk drama infuses me with unending glee. Please come sooner January 2015!
Shine or Go Crazy is a fantasy fusion sageuk and is set in the real life Goryeo era but tells the story of a fictional Goryeo prince played by Jang Hyuk. He was born with a prophecy that he will bring death and bloodshed to Goryeo and he lives his live trying to ensure that does not come true. He marries the princess from neighboring kingdom of Balhae who is educated in astronomy and the arts, a union that is supposed to quell the ominous prophecy. They fall in love and must work together to keep their kingdoms safe, from either outside forces or the dangerous prophecy around the prince. Directing will be the PD from Two Weeks.