Now this is what I consider a surprising turn of events. KBS is close to locking down the leads of the upcoming vampire medical drama Blood from the same production team behind the network’s last Mon-Tues hit Good Doctor. I was expecting Yoo Yeon Seok to accept the offer for his first leading man role since it’s a prime time drama from an established production team with a good track record. After mulling it over for two weeks, Yoo Yeon Seok has passed on the role and KBS is now in talks with Jung Il Woo to play the vampire doctor who works at the oncology department of a major Seoul hospital.
Ji Jin Hee is also onboard to play the antagonist, a fellow vampire doctor who uses his supernatural bloodsucking and never aging ability for good rather than evil. The combo of Jung Il Woo and Ji Jin Hee is totally out of left field for me when the drama was first announced but I’m game to give it the benefit of the doubt. I’m surprised Jung Il Woo is willing to dive back into drama filming after recently wrapping the insanely stupid fantasy sageuk Records of a Night Watchman.One would also think he might be wary of a supernatural themed drama what with the ghosts and serpents in RoNW.
Ji Jin Hee regularly does dramas from all three major networks but Jung Il Woo is by and large a MBC regular and his last KBS drama was almost 5 years ago with My Fair Lady (Take Care of the Young Lady). Here’s hoping doesn’t end up a bloody hot mess hur. Blood has another month or so to firm up the full cast as it follows Healer on Mon-Tues with a scheduled February 2015 premiere date.