The casting silence from upcoming SBS Mon-Tues drama Chaebol’s Daughter (True Romance) can best be described as a difficult labor. Having casting problems is nothing new in drama land, whether lately or even in the early days, what surprises is purely that it’s this particular drama. Chaebol’s Daughter comes from the production team of One Warm Word, a drama that garnered decent ratings and even better critical and popular feedback when it aired. Sure it was a drama about adultery (and I didn’t watch) but whatever the production team did in handling the subject matter didn’t misfire with the audience.
That its followup drama is about a chaebol heiress going undercover as a poor Candy to find true love seems the stuff of drama dreams, nothing too testy about the subject matter and rife with rich-poor issues to mine. Alas the drama is supposed to air in June after Heard it Through the Grapevine and still no leading lady, not since a month ago when Moon Geun Young was offered the role and turned it down. Now there is a new name being bandied about behind the scenes – newcomer actress Lim Ji Yeon who made her debut in adult rated adultery movie Obsessed.
Lim Ji Yeon isn’t the only new name unofficially attached to this cast, perpetual second male lead Lee Sang Woo is also reportedly going to join and reunite with his One Warm Word production team. I don’t even think Lee Sang Woo is playing the second male lead this time around, as that role has already gone to Park Hyung Sik, while Sung Joon is in talks for the male lead. Lee Sang Woo has been added to the official drama website while Lim Ji Yeon’s name is the one most often heard associated with this drama in recent weeks. Not sure if either of these will pan out but I enjoy getting early information to mull over even if it later falls through. I’m not as adverse to Lim Ji Yeon doing this drama as I was with her being offered the female lead in Kill Me Heal Me many months back. I still think she’s a total charisma suck and a limited new actress but this role seems less demanding and if the network wants her then be my guest.