This casting news is a bit random but also inconsequential enough to get up and arms about the acting talent disparity. Entertainment company CJ E&M is producing a web drama starring Big Bang‘s T.O.P. and Japanese actress Ueno Juri, with the two already gearing up for filming shortly. The drama doesn’t have a title yet but is billed as a cross-border healing love story. Both T.O.P. and Ueno Juri’s characters are dealing with the lingering pain of a first love gone awry and will gradually heal from the sadness after falling for each other. This is majorly dull and generic sounding, but I mostly wonder if the story is all just padding to show off the collective pretty of T.O.P. and Juri in various pretty locales in Korea and Japan.
It’s hard to argue against T.O.P having the visuals to be an actor, but he was wholly unimpressive in his drama turn in IRIS so he’s someone that visuals isn’t enough to hold down the fort onscreen. I know IRIS was a few years back whereas more recently he did the movie Tazza 2: The Hidden Card last year so it looks like he’s intentionally branching out into acting rather than dabbling in it as a side gig from being in Big Bang. If this web drama is just a light frothy thing then it doesn’t bother than that Juri can act circles around him. Visually I see them together as an alterna-universe pairing of Eric and Jung Yumi, yes?