‘Strong Woman Kang Namsoon’: ‘Squid Game’s Lee Yoomi leads sequel of Park Boyoung’s K-drama
All K-drama lovers remember the hit K-drama ‘Strong Girl Bong-soon’ aka ‘Strong Woman Do Bong-soon’ released in 2017. It was the year of K-dramas going international with popular dramas like ‘The Legend of the Blue Sea’, ‘Goblin’, ‘Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo’ and ‘Hwarang’ that caught the eye of international fans. ‘Strong Girl Bong-soon’ turned heads for its adorable casting of Park Bo-young who stands tall at 5’2 and plays the supernaturally strong Do Bong-soon who is roped in to be the bodyguard of the spoiled and rich CEO Minhyuk.
The male lead Minhyuk equally garnered K-drama fans as he was played by idol actor Park Hyung-sik who had freshly come off ‘Hwarang’s fame with a star-studded ensemble cast of SHINee’s Minho, BTS’ V and Park Seo-joon. Hyung-sik also happened to be part of the popular K-pop group ZE:A who had just decided that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus in 2017 making their fans hungry for content. Adding the fun and absurd plot of the K-drama, ‘Strong Girl Bong-soon’ was a success and acquired by Netflix, Apple TV, Amazon Prime and Disney. And now, we are finally getting its sequel ‘Strong Woman Kang Nam-soon’.
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Sequel ‘Strong Woman Kang Nam-soon’ in the works
On May 27, it was announced that ‘Strong Girl Bong-Soon’ would be getting a sequel. However, it will not be following the ending of the original drama as many expected the original cast to return at least for the initial episodes. ‘Strong Woman Kang Nam-soon’ is about Bong-soon’s cousin Kang Nam-soon who shares her family’s power of supernatural strength. This time, we will get a whole crime-fighting family as even Nam-soon’s mother and grandmother share her secret power and deal with the drug lords and crimes taking place in Gangnam. Lee Yoo-mi who shot to fame with her roles in the Netflix Originals ‘Squid Game’ and ‘All Of Us Are Dead’ will be playing the titular character Kang Nam-soon.
Yoo-mi’s Nam-soon is an orphan who went missing in Mongolia and comes to Gangnam to find her family. Movie star Kim Jung-eun of ‘Marrying The Mafia’ fame plays the wealthy and self-righteous Hwang Geum-joo who is set to find her lost daughter Nam-soon. Everyone's favorite K-drama 'grandma' Kim Hae-sook, known for her roles in ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Start-Up’ and ‘Hospital Playlist’ will be playing the grandmother Gil Joong-gan. We also have former Wanna One star Ong Seong-woo in the role of Detective Kang Hee-sik who is investigating the drug-related crimes and is Nam-soon’s crush. ‘Record of Youth’s Byun Woo-seok will be playing the charming Ryu Si-oh who turns out to be the villain.
The sequel is set to begin filming this summer and the drama is going to air in the first half of next year.