So this might be the most hilarious case of crossed wires ever in the casting rumor mill, and you can’t blame me (and many others) for reporting on what turns out to be erroneous news. So I heard that Lee Bo Young was being courted for the drama that was going to follow All About My Romance on SBS Wed-Thurs. The drama that was scheduled to follow AAMR was Can We Love with Yeo Jin Goo. Right? So everyone (myself included) put two-and-two together and got totally and completely squicked out with the thought that 16-17 year old Yeo Jin Goo was going to potentially romance 34-year old Lee Bo Young. The synopsis for CWL stated it was about a young man’s love for an older woman but there was no way in hell anyone could stomach, let alone buy into, the 18-year real life age difference between those two. Turns out the freak out was for naught as SBS pulled a switcheroo on everyone. The network was courting Lee Bo Young as the leading lady for the drama following AAMR, but it was also planning to shelve CWL and instead air the legal drama I Hear Your Voice. It would have been nice for SBS to let that tidbit of information out to avoid the confusion. A few months ago that drama was courting Gong Hyo Jin for the leading lady role, but now its been confirmed that Lee Bo Young is headlining along with Kim Jae Won. OMG I am so relieved. What an age appropriate pairing, and one that hasn’t been done before since its the first time these two have done a project together. I’m not surprised SBS is so anxious to stick Lee Bo Young back on television, her recently ended weekend drama My Daughter Seo Young ended with ratings in the high 40s and is far and away the highest rated drama of the year so far. Kim Jae Won’s last drama was the crazy as hell weekend makjang fest May Queen so I’m glad he’s back on primetime.
Not much is known about I Hear Your Voice other than its about lawyers who stands up for the innocent and lets their voices be heard. It will be written by the screenwriter who did Dream High (the original) and Get Karl! Oh Soo Jung. This drama is going to have to scramble to start filming ASAP since its premiering in early June after AAMR wraps up. Or limps to the finish, that poor drama is so bad as to defy description. Miscast and misconceived all around. I’m pretty intrigued by I Hear Your Voice since its different enough from the recent batch of sageuks or modern drama concepts to at least merit a first look. Funnily enough, for the longest time I kept reading its title as Can You Hear My Voice, and then I realized I was merging its title with Kim Jae Won’s Can You Hear My Heart. I think we’re all going to have to refer to Kim Jae Won’s “voice drama” and “heart drama” from now on to differentiate the two.