Historical spy drama ‘Different Dreams’ holds script reading session

Lee Yo-won, Yoo Ji-tae, and the rest of the cast of upcoming historical spy drama Different Dreams (also known as Lee Mong) came together on March 1 to conduct the drama’s first script reading in a timely fashion. March 1 marks the 100th year anniversary of the March 1st Movement, a protest in 1919 conducted as a public demonstration of resistance to Japanese military rule in Korea—a central theme of the drama.

Set during the Japanese colonial rule of Korea from 1910 to 1945, Different Dreams tells the story of the Korean’s fight for independence in a dark time and commemorates the foundation of the Korean Provisional Government in 1919.

Script Reading Stills from 'Different Dreams'
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The movement to overthrow the Japanese is led by a resistance leader named Kim Won-bong and a Korean-Japanese doctor by the name of Lee Young-jin who works as a special agent for Korea’s independence movement. The former will be played by Yoo Ji-tae while the latter will be portrayed by Lee Yo-won. During the table read, both actors impressed the team with how they were already immersed in their respective roles.

Meanwhile, Im Joo-hwan and Nam Gyu-ri will play a Japanese prosecutor and a singer at a club, respectively. Other cast members include Jo Bok-rae, Heo Sung-tae, Jun Jin-ki, and Kim Kyu-jong.

Director Yoon Sang-ho of Saimdang, Light’s Diary commented during the script reading how he felt burdened to create a meaningful drama that will tackle the Samil Independence Movement. He hopes that the drama will shed light on the colonial era and the Heroic Corps and impress a lot of younger viewers.

Written by Jo Kyu-won of the award-winning series Iris, Different Dreams is scheduled to premiere in May on MBC.

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