Woah, what’s with this out of left fielding casting throw? But at least the upsides are more star power and additional clarity on the fate of this particular drama, so for that I’ll lean towards the positive with this surprising news. Korean-American actor Daniel Henney is the latest addition to the cast of upcoming MBC revenge drama Goodbye Mr. Black. He joins the already lined up group of Moon Chae Won, Lee Jin Wook, Kim Kang Woo, and Song Jae Rim, so Daniel isn’t taking a role from anyone but will be playing yet another supporting role.
Daniel’s character is described as the daddy long legs support to Moon Chae Won’s female lead, while Lee Jin Wook is the revenge driven male lead, with Kim Kang Woo as his betrayer and Song Jae Rim as a serving justice newspaper editor. Daniel isn’t confirmed just yet but is reportedly close to signing on, which will make this his first K-drama in 5 years since the Rain drama Fugitive: Plan B. Goodbye Mr. Black is still on the MBC plate for early 2016, and will start filming in early December which is great news for Moon Chae Won fans who have been clamoring for her drama land comeback.
Goodbye Mr. Black is a reinvented adaptation of an 80’s manhwa of the same name, which is itself an adaptation of the classic revenge novel Count of Monte Cristo. The big K-drama type twist in this story is that Lee Jin Wook and Moon Chae Won get fake married in the process of his revenge. I feel like fake married is ever only suitable for a rom-com setting, but then again, revenge melo Nice Guy made all the tropes work marvelously, so I’ll keep my mind open for Goodbye Mr. Black.