SHOCK. Seriously, total and complete shocked state here. Even though I have my ear to the ground when it comes to rumored drama castings and in-development projects, this just breaking news feels like a sledgehammer out of nowhere. My first reaction is giddiness mixed with trepidation, with a side of pinch me to see if this is just some fan fiction. Good or bad, this casting news is actually true. K-ent is reporting that Kim Woo Bin and Suzy are confirmed as the leads of the upcoming Lee Kyung Hee penned bittersweet melodrama romance. Excuse me but I just have one more Oh My God I need to get out of my system.
The drama is scheduled for 2016, and no word yet on whether it’ll be pre-produced fully or in part, but knowing Lee Kyung Hee there will likely be significant portions filmed beforehand. For Nice Guy she had Song Joong Ki and cast filming four months prior to the airing date. The drama has a working title of Arbitrarily Fond which is the best I can translate it, and rumors has it following Goodbye Mr. Back on SBS in late winter/early spring of 2016. Lee Kyung Hee’s bread and butter is, of course, the unforgettable heartwrenching melo romance, even if her last drama tried to buck the mold in weekender Wonderful Days. Now she’s going back to her roots with Kim Woo Bin and Suzy, this is so going to be a must watch for plenty of reasons.
The drama synopsis reads like a classic Lee Kyung Hee melo – two kids have a terrible shared experience in childhood and years later reunite as grown ups in the same industry where the boy grows up into Kim Woo Bin who is now a top star with a terrible attitude and the girl has become a documentary PD played by Suzy. They fall in love but it’s going to be fraught with all sorts of angst, in typical Lee Kyung Hee style. I love her works, even the ones that resonated less with me were still a head above most melo romances. And her two dramas that I love beyond all reason in Let’s Go to School, Sang Doo and Nice Guy were both unforgettable watches for me.
With that said, Suzy is probably her weakest acting female lead selection to date, but then again, Kim Hee Sun was terrible before she did Wonderful Days and ended up truly impressing me in that performance. I found Moon Chae Won passable until she broke through with Nice Guy. Rain put in his best acting performances ever in two Lee Kyung Hee dramas – Sang Doo and A Love to Kill. Same goes for Han Ye Seul stepping up her game in Will it Snow for Christmas. I guess it’s time to start praying that Lee Kyung Hee helps Suzy hurdle over whatever acting limitations in her repertoire, because it would kill me if Suzy’s acting is the problem that ends up ruining a drama written by Lee Kyung Hee and starring Kim Woo Bin in his first drama in three years.