Namgong Min is soooooo good at acting bad (don’t let that smile above fool you!) one worries that he would get typecast in the most villainous of villain roles after back-to-back performances in Remember: Son’s War and The Girl Who Sees Smells. Both dramas aired on SBS and clearly the network knows a talent when it sees it and has inked Namgong Min for a three deployment for SBS in upcoming weekend drama The Beauty of the Beast.
The project will be a reunion for Namgong MIn with his The Girl Who Sees Smells production team as the PD and screenwriter for Smelly Girl are behind this new beautiful yet beastly endeavor. It’s about a man’s turbulent life as he goes from ex-con to falsely imprisoned to chaebol heir, and the hardworking woman he meets along the way who changes his life. I guess his character is rough and tumble with the beast moniker, and in this case giving him a saintly beauty is probably a well deserved blessing.
While Namgong Min is the only lead signed on at this point, the network is courting Baek Jin Hee for the female lead which is a sensible choice albeit one that I don’t quite think can be pulled off. Baek Jin Hee just finished MBC weekend drama My Daughter Geum Sa Wol, but the bigger point is that she’s a MBC regular for her last five dramas in a row. SBS was actually her debut network with Loving You a Thousand Times so maybe that’s how she’ll get brought on. SBS has also sent an offer out to Ha Suk Jin to be the second male lead and he’s seriously considering the offer, and if he accepts will be his first SBS drama since Thrice Married Woman. The Beauty of the Beast is slated to follow Mrs. Cop 2.