The new drama starring Lee Jong-suk and Suzy, "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" starts filming this month. To build anticipation, details about their characters and the story were released.
Lee Jong-suk will play a criminal prosecutor who is blunt and stone-faced. His antisocial nature allows him to assess cases with emotional detachment, which makes him professionally lauded.
Suzy will play homely by wearing glasses and a ponytail. Her character spends a lot of time housebound yet fails to maintain good housekeeping. She is sensitive about being unemployed, and will fly into a rage if it is pointed out.
Finally, second male lead, Lee Sang-yeob is a former award-winning prosecutor who is now a well-paid criminal lawyer.
The released synopsis for "While You Were Sleeping - 2017" is less concrete than the character profiles. It seems that the characters will struggle to change the future in spite of the odds. Earlier character profiles indicated that Suzy's character can foresee accidents in her dreams. Lee Jong-suk's character uses the information to try and stop them from happening.
Lee Jong-suk and Suzy have frequently collaborated in advertising campaigns, so it has been proven that they are quite cute while eating fried chicken or performing on a stage together. It has yet to be seen what kind of chemistry the two actors generate in a more dramatic setting where lives are at stake.
Both of the leads appear to be playing against type. It seems like a waste to stick an actor known for his flirty charm like Lee Jong-suk in a role that will force him to be emotionless. Hopefully, some of the scenarios exposing the character's lack of social skills will be played for laughs, because Lee Jong-suk is a skilled comedic actor.
I find it annoying when dramas cast someone as pretty as Suzy then think that sticking her in glasses and a ponytail will make her believably unattractive. Let's hope Suzy does not play her character too broadly and turn her into a caricature that will make the female lead hard for viewers to relate to.
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