The prospects are starting to look up again for upcoming SBS drama Chaebol’s Daughter (True Romance). After offering the leads to Moon Geun Young and Park Seo Joon but not landing either of them, the production is starting from scratch again to find the titular chaebol’s daughter and her poor plucky true love. I’d say the disappointment of not getting a promising young actor like Park Seo Joon is cushioned now that another promising young actor Sung Joon is in talks for the male lead.
When I heard Sung Joon is considering Chaebol’s Daughter, part of me wonders if SBS is rewarding him for the thankless role he did the best he could as the second male lead antagonist in Hyde, Jekyll, Me. I have no problem with Sung Joon finally stepping up to a prime time drama male lead, the key with him is playing a character that suits his aura. He’s young, has the rebellious intense streak, and his last two drama roles playing doctors in Discovery of Love and Hyde were both wrong for him. If he takes this role of a cynical self-made man from a poor background, it sounds like a step in the right direction.
I find it ironic that a drama called Chaebol’s Daughter is close to landing both male leads first before finding the female lead. Park Hyung Sik has already signed on as the other male lead, a male version of the chaebol’s daughter in that he’s rich and always gets his way, while Sung Joon’s character is the other end of the spectrum in growing up with all the indignities of a poor background. Chaebol’s Daughter still has some time to complete the casting as it doesn’t premiere until June after Heard it Through the Grapevine.