Lee Bo-young to play lead role in tvN’s remake of Japanese drama “Mother”

Seven months after the report of Lee Bo-Young being courted for tvN’s remake of Japanese drama Mother was first announced, the 38-year old actress is finally confirmed to play the leading role in the said drama.

Lee Bo-young, a model turned actress, debuted in acting on 2003 and has starred in over 20 dramas since. Her most notable projects include Whisper which ended a week ago, Seo-yeong, My Daughter in 2012, I Hear Your Voice in 2013, and God’s Gift – 14 Days in 2014 in which she played her first role as a mother. Now she ventures into another maternal role for her next project.

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Lee Bo-young in her roles (from left to right) in Whisper, I Hear Your Voice, and God’s Gift: 14 Days.

After the success of her recent drama Whisper, the happily married actress is planning to take a break and take care of her daughter before she resumes work and starts filming for Mother.

The original Japanese drama with the same title was aired by NTV in 2010. It tells the story of a single woman working as an elementary school teacher. Although she lacks passion for her job, one of her female students becomes attached to her. She then becomes concerned about this particular student, especially after noticing that the girl has some bruises on her body. She suspects that the child is abused at home, so she decides to take matters into her own hands by kidnapping the girl in the hopes of giving her a better life.

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Poster of the Japanese drama Mother starring Yasuko Matsuyuki and Mana Ashida

Cable network tvN has brought in film screenwriter Jeong Seo-kyung to write the drama. She is well known for her screenplays for The Handmaiden (2016), Thirst (2009), I’m A Cyborg but That’s Okay (2006), and Lady Vengeance (2005). The rest of the cast is yet to be revealed as well as the director of the drama but the shooting will commence in October 2017.

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