For those who love Hwang Jung Eum this will be great casting news while those less disposed towards her brand of acting will likely continue to feel like she’s everywhere in K-drama land these days. Fresh off two successive buzzed about MBC dramas in She Was Pretty and Kill Me Heal Me, Hwang Jung Eum is getting married next month in February and in talks for the female lead of MBC’s upcoming 50-episode long drama Monster (Korean title is the more descriptive Tyrant).
The drama is about the leading man’s fight against the rich and powerful, which isn’t terribly descriptive since there are tons of dramas along those lines already, and in fast the screenwriter of Monster did three dramas similar to it in Giant, History of the Salaryman, and Incarnation of Money. He clearly must love Hwang Jung Eum since she was in two of those dramas so courting her for Monster makes sense, but for a bit of Hwang Jung Eum fatigue setting in. I actually liked her a lot in KMHM, less so in SWP, but am not so enamored of her that I want to see her in drama after drama.
On the other hand, I am interested in hearing that Seo Kang Joon has been offered a male lead role in Monster, likely the second male lead since he’s nowhere near a big enough name to headline a 50 episode prime time drama. I’m loving him in Cheese in the Trap, both the character and performance, and it feels like a relief to finally have him deliver beyond looking like a flower boy mannequin onscreen. Appreciating his good looks only goes so far, and some limited acting skills in the past have deservingly saddled him with the reputation of all looks and no heft. Hopefully Cheese is a turning point and if he accepts Monster that will put him with a talented screenwriter with the reputation of crafting meaty characters that help pull out gravitas from the acting talent. Monster is slated to air in April following Glamorous Temptation on Mon-Tues.