Lee Bo-young has been added to the cast of the already star-studded Athena: Goddess of War, wherein she plays the daughter of the president. This means she joins Jung Woo-sung, Cha Seung-won, Su Ae, Kim Min-jong, Lee Jia, and Choi Siwon, who are all either spies or work within the intelligence agency in some capacity (e.g., profiler or data analyst).
Lee’s character is a student attending graduate school in Italy and has a free-spirited personality, not caring about her social status or what other people think of her. For the most part, the people around her don’t realize she’s the South Korean president’s daughter, even though she has a few bodyguards who protect her quietly. She is kidnapped by a terrorist group and taken to a secluded mountain locale, kicking off the action as our agent-heroes are put on the case.
Hm, interesting? I have found Lee Bo-young to be hit or miss in the past (Queen of the Game), but she’s had a good year. Her comedy series Birth of the Rich was a bit silly, but it got good ratings and a four-episode extension, and her cable drama Harvest Villa was well-received.
On the bright side, I find her much more likable than Lee Jia, and having another actress around to share that screentime might be a good thing. (On the potential downside: Eek, damsel in distress setup! Please, please tell me Lee Bo-young has more value to the story than being a princess needing rescuing. I’d love to see her “free-spirited” and unconventional character show a little badass attitude, if just to shake things up a little.)
Athena began shooting on June 19 and will air near the end of the year.