This is a big step forward for idol-actess Yoona of SNSD, and only when the project arrives will it be clear whether this is a giant leap in the right direction or a fumbling misstep. Yoona has just been cast as Hyun Bin‘s leading lady in the K-movie Cooperation, one of those popular genre flicks about North-South Korea issues. This one deals with the North and South cooperating to investigate a big conspiracy. Hyun Bin plays a North Korean turned defector, while Yoona’s role is the sister-in-law of Yoo Hae Jin‘s South Korean investigator character.
Cooperation will mark Yoona’s first big screen acting project, and another new direction for her career as she’s already done the recent It Project in a Chinese drama with Lin Geng Xin called God of War. Idols have a limited shelf life and I don’t mind if Yoona keeps exploring a longer term future as an actress, especially if she lands promising projects like this. I’ll keep my expectations in check for Cooperation but no longer feel trepidation when Yoona attempts to challenge herself, after Prime Minister and I she can wallow in my goodwill for a good long while. She’s also looking exquisite in last month’s Marie Claire pictorial for a elegant jewelry brand Cartier.