Yay! *happy dance* I was expecting this casting to go through but the lightning speed does bode well that both sides are super excited. Screenwriter Kim Eun Sook has her next leading man sewn up this week as A-list actor Gong Yoo has accepted her drama offer. The drama is called Mr. Sunshine and will air on cable network tvN in November of 2016. With another six months to go before it airs, I would hazard a guess that the show could be pre-produced much like Kim Eun Sook’s last mega hit Descendants of the Sun. No word yet on producing scheduling but Gong Yoo has met with Kim Eun Sook and accepted the offer after hearing her storyboard on Mr. Sunshine, which is rare as usually the first four scripts are provided for consideration before a top star would even consider agreeing to star. Gong Yoo’s rep confirmed that Gong Yoo was excited after hearing the story from Kim Eun Sook and had faith in her writing hence the optimistic acceptance.
The media is already buzzing about Gong Yoo finally getting to do a Kim Eun Sook drama, especially after he passed on Descendants of the Sun. He’s also getting comparisons to Song Joong Ki insofar as he’s primed to become the next big Kim Eun Sook male lead as all her dramas have elevated the male leads to new popular heights afterwards. Gong Yoo hasn’t had a drama hit in nearly 10 years, not since Coffee Prince in 2007, so my guy is long overdue for a popular drama resurgence. Just please give him a suitable and deserving female lead, Kim Eun Sook!