The Glory stars Lim Ji-yeon, Cha Joo-young eyed for new K-dramas; Netflix scouts for Trigger and Hierarchy – Korean drama casting latest
- Lim Ji-yeon is being courted to appear in historical drama The Story of Mrs. Ok, while Cha Joo-young may take the leading role in period drama Queen Wongyeong
- K-pop singer Yim Si-wan has been offered a role in coming series Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and Lee Chae-min will lead new Netflix series Hierarchy
Netflix lines up two major new dramas while The Glory cast members score leading roles in juicy new shows in the latest round-up of K-drama casting news.
1. The Story of Mrs. Ok
Lim has received an offer to play leading character Goo-deok, a slave living in the Joseon era (1392-1897) who strives to hide her past, forge a new identity and re-enter society as an influential woman with a completely fake persona.
Netflix is reportedly gearing up for another big-budget Korean drama: both Kim Nam-gil (The Fiery Priest) and Kim Young-kwang (Pinocchio) are being courted to appear in the series Trigger.
The action thriller will follow two men who become key figures in the pandemonium that ensues when South Korea, a country where guns are illegal, is suddenly flooded with firearms. One man believes that the weak should arm themselves, while the other believes that no one should ever use a gun.
3. The Hidden Dragon
Set in the countryside in the mid-1980s, the drama will follow the students at an agricultural high school in Chungcheong province in the southwest of South Korea.
Lee Sun-bin has received an offer to appear as Park Ji-young, a famous fighter known as the “Black Spider of Buyeo”. Lee recently reprised her leading role in the second season of Work Later, Drink Now.
4. Queen Wongyeong
One of the breakout performers in Netflix’s The Glory, Cha Joo-young is expected to take on the leading role in the TvN period drama Queen Wongyeong. The series will depict the titular queen’s relationship with King Taejong six centuries ago, as they joined hands to gain political power.
Cha will play Wongyeong, an aristocrat’s daughter who marries Lee Bang-won, two years her junior, and helps him to ascend to the throne of Joseon. The show will chronicle her desire for status and power and the lengths to which she will go to attain them.
Cha, who played the materialistic flight attendant Choi Hye-jeong in The Glory, is also known for shows such as Again My Life and The Heavenly Idol. She is currently appearing in the KBS weekend drama The Real Has Come.
Queen Wongyeong, which will be helmed by Kim Sang-ho and penned by Lee Young-mi, the director-writer team behind Money Game, is currently targeting a release date in early 2024.
Netflix has announced its new series Hierarchy, which will follow what happens at a high school for children of the very richest.
Lee Chae-min will portray Kang-ha, a mysterious transfer student who appears at Jushin High School. Roh Jeong-ui will appear as Jeong Jae-yi, the queen bee at Jushin who is the eldest daughter in the family behind the powerful Jaeyul Group, the rivals of the Jushin Group.
Kim Jae-won is on board as Kim Ri-an, the top student in the school and heir to the Jushin Group, which runs the school. Ji Hye-won will portray Yoon He-ra, the youngest daughter of a family that runs a major trading company, while Lee Won-jeong will appear as Lee Woo-jin, a politician’s son.