MBC released some images taken during the first script reading for its upcoming medical drama, Hospital Ship. The script read took place on July 6, 2017, at MBC Broadcasting Station in Sangam, South Korea. It was attended by its main cast Ha Ji-won, Kang Min-hyuk, and Lee Seo-won.
Hospital Ship is about young medical doctors who travel across different islands to provide medical services to the local people. Ha Ji-won (The Time We Were Not In Love) will play one such doctor named Song Eun-jae, an overachieving and competitive surgeon who is not good at dealing with people. She starts her work as a doctor who provides her services to island locals to avoid embarrassment when her family faces public ruin. His love interest is played by CNBLUE’s Kang Min-hyuk (Entertainer), a medical doctor with a warm heart that can readily empathize with his co-workers and patients. MBC originally courted Choi Jin-hyuk to play the lead male character but he refused the offer.
Another major character in the upcoming drama is Lee Seo-won, a relatively new actor with three drama credits to his name. He debuted in 2015 in JTBC’s Awl, starred in KBS’s Uncontrollably Fond the following year, and appeared recently in tvN’s The Liar and His Lover. He played a bassist in his last drama and now he is up to play another doctor in Hospital Ship, his second drama this year and fourth since two years ago.
Also present during the script read were Kim In-sik, AOA’s Min A, Kim Kwang-kyu, Jung Kyung-soon and Lee Han-wi.
Ha Ji-won is reuniting with screenwriter Yoon Seon-joo who work with her in the 2006 drama, Hwang Jin Yi. Hospital Ship is written by writer Yoon and will be directed by PD Park Jae-Bum of A New Leaf and Star Again. The drama will air every Wednesdays and Thursdays starting next month, following the upcoming comedy family drama, Man Who Dies To Live.