Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho is based around a classic underdog setup: Adapted from webtoon, it features a man who seemed poised to enjoy a shining career as a prosecutor, as well as becoming future son-in-law to the head of a major law firm. But then he reports internal corruption in the prosecutor’s office and it all goes sideways, as he loses his prosecutor job and has to start over as a small-time lawyer. He sets up a small neighborhood practice and starts to build his career back up and work for the people. Were she to accept, Kang So-ra would play a lawyer, Lee Eun-jo, who works at a major law firm.
The lead role was offered to Park Shin-yang (Sign) back in November, and while he has not yet finalized, he’s reportedly “considering positively,” while Kang So-ra has recently received the offer and intends to make a decision “shortly.”
The drama seems like it’ll be an uplifting human drama that’ll get us pulling for the hero’s arc, which sounds promising. It also has my attention for being the next drama by director Lee Jung-sub, who last directed Healer. (The writing was really the highlight of that drama, but I won’t turn my nose down at the directing; I’m always grateful when I come across a show that gets me excited for whatever reason.) Writing is Lee Hyang-hee, who wrote sageuk drama King’s Face last year and also 2007’s War of Money, which also starred Park Shin-yang in another underdog-triumph storyline and was a huge ratings hit at the time.
Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho is set to premiere in March, following KBS’s current Monday-Tuesday drama Moorim School.