tvN’s highly anticipated youth series Start-Up has officially presented Bae Suzy, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim Seon-ho, and Kang Han-na as the promising roll of lead cast!
Set in a technological zone called Sandbox, South Korea’s fictional version of Silicon Valley, Start-Up follows the journey of two young people as they begin their venture into the world of business. It is helmed by director Oh Choong-hwan (Hotel del Luna) and penned by screenwriter Park Hye-run (Page Turner), who have previously worked together with actress Bae Suzy in the 2017 fantasy series While You Were Sleeping.
Bae Suzy (Vagabond) signed up to play Seo Dal-mi, a risk-taker who aims to make her own money. Determined to become the Korean counterpart of Steve Jobs, she leaves the university and breezes through various part-time posts so she could save up 100 million won for her future business. Dal-mi’s vibrant energy is expected to blend well with Suzy’s bright personality.
Acting opposite her is The Light in Your Eyes actor Nam Joo-hyuk, who will transform into the young businessman Nam Do-san. He grew up as a Math genius and has always been the pride of his family, but since he co-founded Samsan Tech with his friends two years ago, the CEO and his partners have been going through difficulties with their unprofitable investments. He soon crosses paths with Dal-mi and attempts to realize both their dreams by launching a new business with her.
Meanwhile, Kim Seon-ho (Catch the Ghost) will take on the role of Han Ji-pyung, an entrepreneur who started his company with the hopes of paying off his debt. Now a leader at SH Venture Capital, his superior investment skills and harsh tongue earned him the nickname “Gordon Ramsay of Investments.” Though he is normally hot-tempered towards others, he turns into a soft-hearted guy to the single person who helped him greatly in the past.
Completing the main cast members is Kang Han-na (Designated Survivor: 60 Days) who is set to portray Won In-jae, a CEO who appears to have it all—exceptional education, beautiful face, and fortune. However, she sees her high background of being a second-generation chaebol heiress as a weakness, so In-jae does everything she can to create her personal success and be acknowledged for her talent. In the course of making a name for herself, she ends up getting used and ultimately abandoned by her father. She commits to never go through the same fate again and starts her own business.
On the exciting lineup for the series, the production team remarked, “The collaborative energy that youth stars Bae Suzy, Nam Joo-hyuk, Kim Seon-ho, and Kang Ha-na radiate is on a different level. Aside from being relatable, the story would surely touch everyone’s hearts through convincing depictions of the challenges that each character has to confront. The cast and crew are giving their best, so please continue your interest and anticipation for the premiere.”
Start-Up targets to air every Saturday and Sunday at 9:00 p.m. KST beginning this October.
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