Casting is on a spree for Mr. Sunshine, hit screenwriter Kim Eun Sook‘s next drama following last year’s double hits Descendants of the Sun and Goblin. Filming doesn’t start until late fall but a big name drama like this always starts casting early and on the heels of confirming leads Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Ri there’s now a second male lead joining the cast. Yoo Yeon Seok has signed on for the drama in the male supporting role that is almost always memorable in Kim Eun Sook dramas, be it Kim Woo Bin, Lee Dong Wook, or Jin Goo, playing second fiddle has its own rewards. Mr. Sunshine is set during 1900-1905 centering around the soldiers fighting for independence and a romance that blossoms during this tumultuous era.
The casting for Mr. Sunshine is the first time Kim Eun Sook’s drama comes across as aiming for a movie feel, starting from movie stars Lee Byung Hun and Kim Tae Ri as the leads. Yoo Yeon Seok has been in more movies than dramas actually so he’s a solid pick and eclectic pick to join this project.