I’m certain this leading lady casting will ripple as many waves as the leading man casting a week ago, but if hit screenwriter Kim Eun Sook knows what she’s doing then it’ll all work out come 2018 when the drama arrives. To the total surprise of everyone since this particular rising young actress’s name could not conceivably be bandied about for this drama, award winning rookie movie actress Kim Tae Ri has landed the coveted leading lady role in Kim Eun Sook’s next drama the period war era Mr. Sunshine.
Kim Tae Ri won an open audition over 1,500 other aspiring actresses to the land the leading role in Park Chan Wook‘s acclaimed erotic thriller The Handmaiden with Ha Jung Woo and Kim Min Hee, landing her nominations and awards and plenty of deserving recognition. She made her debut in 2016 and has three movies lined up for 2017 already, but looks like she has her eye set on the television prize as well. Only time will tell if this is smart project choice as her casting opposite already confirmed leading man Lee Byung Hun creates a huge 19 year age difference, she’s 27 and he’s 46, though that could be the dynamic Kim Eun Sook is going for this time around.
Mr. Sunshine tells the story of a Joseon boy who sneaks aboard a US ship in the late 1880’s and grows up in the US, returning to Korea in the very waning years of the Joseon era into the independence period. There he falls for an aristocratic young lady and theirs is a love story set amidst a tumultuous time of great change. Kim Eun Sook will be reuniting with her Goblin and Descendants of the Sun PD Lee Eun Bok for the third go-around in Mr. Sunshine. Filming begins in late 2017 with the drama scheduled to air in spring of 2018.