Okay, I’m officially more excited about the IRIS spinoff Athena:
Goddess of War than I was for the original IRIS.
Actress Su Ae (Sunny, Bottom of the 9th Inning with
2 Outs) has just been confirmed as the female lead, joining actors
Jung Woo-sung and Cha Seung-won in
the action-packed blockbuster drama series.
According to Taewon Entertainment, who is producing Athena,
the two female leads are part of the National Anti-Terror Service.
Similar to the roles played by Kim Tae-hee and Kim
So-yeon in IRIS, one is a special agent while the
other is a profiler, although both are on the same team this time. Su Ae
plays a profiler with the South Korean national intelligence agency
with a calm disposition who is set up in a secret organization as a
double agent (I’m thinking Alias, the SD-6 years?). Producers
cast Su Ae after looking at actresses who combined beautiful looks with
strong acting skills and an ability to convey subtle emotions.
Athena is aiming for a premiere in the latter half of the
year, and will begin filming in June.
With the high profile of the first series and the high expectations
of a follow-up, a lot of attention has been directed at the casting of
this spinoff series. First there was the news that Kwon Sang-woo was
under consideration, then speculation about
Ha Ji-won. I have to say that while Ha would have been awesome, I’m
very happy about this casting. I hope the other female actress is just