Time-slip drama Mi-rae’s Choice confirms leads
Upcoming KBS time-slip drama Mi-rae’s Choice (or Future Choice, since the heroine’s name means “future,” of course) has finally secured its cast. Yoon Eun-hye (I Miss You) has signed on to play the time-traveling heroine, Lee Dong-gun (Smile Again, Lovers in Paris) will be making his army comeback in his first drama in five years, and Jung Yong-hwa (You’ve Fallen For Me) gives him a run for his money as the other leg of the love triangle.
The new fall Monday-Tuesday drama comes from writer Hong Jin-ah of The King 2 Hearts and Beethoven Virus, and the PD of Crime Squad and Bad Love. It’ll be set in the world of television broadcasting, and stars Yoon Eun-hye as a writer (named Na Mi-rae) who travels back in time to meet her past self on purpose to set about on a different course in life. Where’s the Bad Idea Fairy when you need her?
Rift in space-time continuum notwithstanding, I do like the idea of Yoon Eun-hye playing two totally different versions of a character, which will be as much fun as you can have without being in a makjang where you play your own evil twin. The character is described as a bright and lovable type who spends her days chanting to herself, “I’m okay!” She works as a desk drone at a large company’s call center and just kind of scrapes by in life. But one day her future self appears in front of her and starts her down a path to pursue the things she really wanted in life. It’s painted as an uplifting success story, so I’m thinking there will be minimum supernatural mythology — just enough to get the gimmick going.
This will be Lee Dong-gun’s first drama since 2008′s When Night Comes, and he’ll be playing the broadcaster’s lead announcer, a man who can be prickly, but is also a highly principled and upright. Jung Yong-hwa plays a VJ who went to film school in the States. But he’s also got a double life, because he’s actually the grandson of the broadcast network’s CEO, and is basically pulling an undercover boss move by playing a lowly cameraman when he’s set to inherit the entire station. He’s described as a smooth operator who dreams of building a media conglomerate that does everything from film to TV.
On paper the setup sounds an awful lot like Nine, but I think we can expect a more heroine-centric success story that happens to use time travel, rather than a story that hinges on it. The writer is one in the plus column for me, and well, any day that Yoon Eun-hye signs up for a drama that doesn’t make me want to spork my eyes out is a good day indeed.
Mi-rae’s Choice follows Good Doctor and airs in October on KBS.
Via Enews 24