PD Shin Won Ho of the tvN Reply series has hit three grand slams in a row so there is very few besides him, and screenwriter Kim Eun Sook in the writing side, who deserves the benefit of the doubt when it comes to casting and drama story concept. His next drama filming later this year is not Reply 4 (or Reply 1984 or something like that) but is instead a topic that doesn’t seem all that enticing to watch as a K-drama. It’s called Wise Prison Life and centers around the life of male prisoners and guards, so maybe the K-drama male version of Orange is the New Black. The drama will be headlined by male leads Jung Kyung Ho and Park Hae Soo, announced last week, and this weekend comes news that idol-actress Krystal has been picked as the female lead. The production is cautious to note that this is a male driven drama so there aren’t many female characters but Krystal will be playing an important female supporting role.
I’m not sure why Krystal’s casting in a PD Shin Won Ho drama comes as a surprise to anyone considering he’s cast three leading ladies in the Reply series who were either untried or had bad acting reputations. From early days Jung Eun Ji to Go Ara and finally Hyeri, Krystal’s almost following the exact same pattern and will hopefully also improve under PD Shin the same way.