A Korean remake of the British series Cleaning Up is in the works, and powerhouse actresses Yum Jung-ah and Yeom Hye-ran are being courted for it.
Cleaning Up revolves around a single mother and office cleaner who finds herself falling into the dark world of finance and insider trading in order to pay her debts. The show was created by Mark Marlow, and it aired on ITV in 2019. It starred Sheridan Smith as Sam Cook, the cleaner, and Jade Anouka as Jess, Sam’s friend and colleague. The two cleaners attempt to carve out a new life for themselves through insider trading.
Yum Jung-ah’s agency Artist Company announced that the actress had indeed received an offer to star in Cleaning Up‘s remake. However, she is currently focusing on filming for her upcoming movie Smugglers. Yum’s last drama was SKY Castle (2019), which went on to become the second highest-rated cable drama in Korean television history. Yum also won Best Actress (TV) at the 55th Baeksang Arts Awards for her performance in the show.
Meanwhile, Yeom Hye-ran’s agency Ace Factory also confirmed reports that the actress had been offered the show and is carefully considering it. Yeom is an actress who made the jump from theater to screen, appearing in dramas like Dear My Friends (2016), Life (2018), When the Camellia Blooms (2019), Chocolate (2019–2020), and The Uncanny Counter (2020–2021). In May this year, she won Best Supporting Actress (TV) at the 57th Baeksang Arts Awards for her role in The Uncanny Counter.
With the offers made to the two Baeksang-winning actresses, all eyes are set on whether they will say yes to collaborating in Cleaning Up and combine their powerful acting prowess in a single drama.