This casting is certainly eye brow raising for reasons that will entail a bit of poking fun at the leads. K-net is reporting that upcoming cable network OCN drama Black, which got news coverage last month due to it’s subject matter being about the grim reaper, is courting as leads Song Seung Heon and Go Ara. My first thought wasn’t the age different, at 13 years between 40 year old Song Seung Heon and 27 year old Go Ara, but about their similar acting trajectories as very insanely beautiful people who have a reputation of being completely unable to act. Go Ara managed one good drama with Answer Me 1994 but since then she’s underwhelmed in You’re All Surrounded and Hwarang. I don’t recall ever seeing Heon oppa do a single decent drama performance and his last with Lee Young Ae‘s comeback drama Saimdang: Light’s Diary was by all accounts pretty blah. I always fret when acting talent with a bad track record get cast, and that unease is magnified here in a the blind leading the blind trainwreck to come.
Neither Song Seung Heon nor Go Ara are confirmed yet but if they sign on Song Seung Heon will play a haughty prickly grim reaper who gets his memory erased and sent down to the human realm for his attitude, inhabiting the body of a police officer and having a romance with a human woman. Writing is the screenwriter of Ijimae and God’s Gift: 14 Days and directing is of the PD of Voice. The drama is slated to air on OCN this October.