Cable network tvN confirmed on August 14 that Mr. Sunshine, the new collaborative project between PD Lee Eung-bok and popular screenwriter Kim Eun-sook, will be broadcast on the network in the first half of 2018. The final air date has yet to be decided but the network wants to air the drama every Fridays and Saturdays at 9 pm KST (Korean Standard Time), the time slot currently occupied by time-slip medical drama Live Up To Your Name.
PD Lee and writer Kim worked together previously in Descendants of the Sun and Goblin which both gained phenomenal success at the time of airing and shortly afterward and received major recognitions at Baeksang Arts Awards 2016 and 2017, respectively. The two are back again together to produce a series on the small screen which has the potential to become another hit just like their two previous dramas. Writer Kim first announced in May about Mr. Sunshine and secured award-winning actor Lee Byung-hun (Iris) to play the lead male role in the following month. In the first week of July, newbie and talented film actress Kim Tae-ri (Entourage) was confirmed to play opposite him as the female lead. Yoo Yeon-seok (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim) and Byun Yo-han (Six Flying Dragons) round out the main cast of the series.
Mr. Sunshine is a human melodrama focusing on a Korean-born American soldier, played by Lee Byung-hun. When he was a child, he was taken to the United States in 1871 when a U.S. military expedition to Korea turned into armed conflict and killed hundreds of Koreans. He gets the chance to return to his homeland in the 1900s and meets a young noblewoman, played by Kim tae-ri, who captures his heart. Yoo Yeon-seok will be playing his rival while Byun Yo-han’s character is described simply as “appearing like an immature playboy, but has a warm heart.”