SBS just released script reading pictures for upcoming Wed-Thur drama The Village, which might not have such a high ratings buffer when it premieres in October what with currently airing Yongpal‘s noticeable drop in quality and ratings. It’s been low ratings across the board with most prime time dramas these last two years so The Village shouldn’t be expecting to ride Yongpal’s unexpected success, and will hopefully pull out its own reason to watch with an excellent story and riveting acting.
With that said, the cast does feel like one glaring person out of place, not 100% woefully miscast since I don’t know what his role will be in the overall story, but does feel a bit too much too quick. I’m talking about rising young idol actor Yook Sung Jae landing the leading man role in this drama, and opposite Moon Geun Young no less. I like Yook Sung Jae, and he was definitely one of the highlights in his last drama Who Are You: School 2015, but simply liking a promising young actor doesn’t mean I need to blindly clap over his leapfrogging casting to male lead of a prime time drama. For now I reserve my opinion, but feel mildly relieved that at least visually he looks good placed next to Moon Geun Young.
Of course once the drama airs Yook Sung Jae could turn in a groundbreaking performance, and make it seem like he was the only perfect actor to play the role, but without seeing the end project there are just so many unknowns floating around. Sigh, at least he’s not as lacking in onscreen charisma as the last rising actor to be thrust too early into leading man status, namely Ahn Jae Hyun in Blood after simply not sucking in You From Another Star and You’re All Surrounded.