She’ll play a character named Han Jae-hee, who is a special agent in
the European office of the National Anti-Terror Service. She is
physically tough and level-headed, who will contrast (somewhat) with Su
Ae’s cool and calm double agent character.
Honestly, I can’t quite put a finger on why I can’t get fired up
about Lee Jia. I’ve tried to like her in all her previous projects — she
was pretty good in her debut, Legend, though a little less
compelling in Beethoven Virus and downright shrill in Style.
I just can’t connect with her and don’t really feel any sincerity from
her acting, which prevents me from sympathizing with her characters. And
to think, until now I was all excited about Athena. Though I
like the men better in Athena than IRIS (as a whole), I
think the women are about equivalent. I might even give the edge to IRIS
for Kim So-yeon.
Athena will begin shooting in June.