Kim Tae-ri (Entourage) has been cast in the upcoming drama of Descendants of the Sun and Goblin writer Kim Eun-sook. She is now confirmed to play the leading female role in Mr. Sunshine opposite actor Lee Byung-hun who was confirmed less than two weeks ago.
No official statement regarding the actress’ role description has been released yet but it is known that she will play the role of Ae-shin, a nobleman’s daughter with whom Lee Byung-hun’s character will fall in love with. Mr. Sunshine is a drama set in the 1900s and will center on the life of a soldier played by Lee Byung-hun. The soldier is a naturally born Korean who left his country during the U.S. military expedition to Korea (Shinmiyangyo) in 1871. He spent his life living in the US since then and returns to his homeland several years later as an American soldier. This is when he meets Ae-shin, a daughter of a family acting as the spiritual leaders of Joseon.
Kim Eun-sook seems to be securing ace actors for her upcoming drama project. Kim Tae-ri is a 27-year old actress who is relatively a newbie in the Korean entertainment industry. However, she had proven herself to be a very talented actress as she won a total of eight Best New Actress awards from different award ceremonies for her performance in the 2016 film The Handmaiden. These award ceremonies include the prestigious Blue Dragon Films Awards and the Asian Film Awards.
Kim Tae-ri will be playing her role opposite Lee Byung-hun, a very talented actor himself who won the Best Actor prize at the 37th Blue Dragon Film Awards, 53rd Grand Bell Awards, and 52nd Baeksang Art Awards for his 2015 film Inside Men. He also holds three Best Actor prizes from Baeksang Arts Awards in television for his performance in Iris (2009), All In (2003), and Son of Wind (1996).
Mr. Sunshine is the third collaborative drama project between writer Kim Eun-sook and PD Lee Eung-bok of Descendants of the Sun and Goblin. It is slated to air in the first half of 2018.