Normally this isn’t really a post-worthy bit of casting (or non-casting) news but for the fact that it involves Kim Soo Hyun. Like him or not, think he’s overrated or not, find him an underwhelming actor or not, he’s one of the biggest twenty-something actors in Korea right now so his every move remains scrutinized by fans and media alike. He’s also had a successive string of hits to a degree that invokes envy so it makes sense his next move has everyone’s eyes peeled since he either has the golden touch or he’s a spectacularly good project picker.
That next project is definitely not going to be Dr. Frankenstein, the umpteenth K-drama in 2015 with a male lead suffering from split/multiple personality disorder. The drama is basically a mashup of Blood and Hyde, Jekyll, and I, not that I’m alleging DF is cribbing from those two dramas since who knows which script(s) came along first. The titular doctor suffers from multiple personality disorder and is a cold withdrawn person until he meets a woman who opens his heart and gradually changes his life. Kim Soo Hyun apparently turned down the drama last month but news only came out this week.
Dr. Frankenstein is written by the screenwriter behind Sungkyunkwan Scandal and will be produced by the production company that did Records of a Night Watchman. Now I’m wondering if it’ll be sageuk since the news articles never mentioned whether it was a modern day drama or set in some fictional time. The doctor in question could be a sageuk physician for all we know. I only say this since the team behind DF is best known for doing sageuk material.
Either way DF remains on the production track and still looking for a male lead along with the rest of the cast. Kim Soo Hyun’s agency Keyeast has announced that after turning down DF, Kim Soo Hyun is seriously considering another project for 2015 that has been offered to him. Word on the street is that it’s big-budget and his costar is a screen goddess level A-lister. Who knows but stop teasing and just tell us!