When the main leads casting is confirmed mere days after the initial drama offer news broke, that isn’t a bad sign when the acting leads appears keen to sign on. Upcoming SBS Mon-Tues drama Daebak (Jackpot) will for sure be starring Jang Geun Seok as the male lead, Yeo Jin Goo as his rival, and Lim Ji Yeon as the leading lady. Goes to show what one good performance can do in transforming my impression, after High Society the casting of Lim Ji Yeon in any role makes me optimistic rather than deflated.
Yeo Jin Goo is a no brainer positive add to any production, and the fact that he’s choosing the antagonist role and transitioning to an adult character continues to show me that he’s a serious auteur who wants to develop his craft over getting popular as quickly as he can. But overall it’s Jang Geun Seok’s involvement in his first sageuk in 8 years that makes me happiest, I loved him to pieces in Hong Gil Dong and he was definitely a memorable scene stealer in Hwang Jin Yi, it’s not an easy road to recapture the performances from way back when but if he’s serious about his acting then I have high hopes that he can pull it off and remind Korean audiences that he was one of their favorite child actors when he first started out.
Joining the cast is veteran actor Im Chang Jung, as well as actresses Yeon Jin Seo and Choi Jung Yoon. Writing is the screenwriter of Goddess of Fire and Warrior Baek Dong Soo, and directing will be the PD who worked on Mask as the second director. The story is set in the Joseon dynasty and described as a period version of Hallyu classic All In, a gambling revenge tale, but this time with the addition of royals vying for the crown. The 24-episode drama is slated to premiere in March after Six Flying Dragons.