I normally would tag any Kim Eun Sook drama a ratings sure thing, she’s never had a flop unlike many of her successful peers who toggle success and failure equally. Especially with her last two dramas Goblin and Descendants of the Sun runaway hits and still in the news constantly, it would seem her next drama Mr. Sunshine slated for spring 2018 has all the earmarks of another win. With that said, she’s cast A-list movie star Lee Byung Hun as the male lead in his first K-drama since the hit thriller IRIS in 2009 but his star is less than stellar in recent years due to personal negative publicity. But a drama takes more than one star to succeed or fail so Kim Eun Sook’s remaining casting selections have been quite promising with female lead Kim Tae Ri and second male lead Yoo Yeon Seok. This week Byun Yo Han joins the production followed today by news of Kim Sa Rang being cast as well.
This cast are all Kim Eun Sook newbies except Kim Sa Rang, who memorably had a fantastic character to play in a star making turn in Secret Garden as a second female lead who is beautiful, rich, and bitchy, except also easy to root for her in her own romance with second male lead Yoon Sang Hyun. It’s also worth remembering that Mr. Sunshine is a period drama set in the early 1900’s and that may go a long way to immersing all the actors and actresses in character and letting the narrative win audiences around.