Script reading for SBS’s upcoming legal drama One Dollar Lawyer
Script reading stills have been dropped for SBS’s upcoming action law drama One Dollar Lawyer, starring Namgoong Min (The Veil), Kim Ji-eun (Again My Life), Choi Dae-hoon (Insider), Lee Deok-hwa (Business Proposal), and Park Jin-woo (Military Prosecutor Doberman).
The drama promises to be a snappy courtroom flick centered around Namgoong Min’s character — Cheon Ji-hoon — a lawyer who fights the corrupt rich while only charging his clients 1,000 won (essentially $1) in legal fees. Notorious for taking on, and winning, David vs. Goliath cases, Ji-hoon is colorfully described as a lawyer with a sophisticated perm and the personality of a London back-alley gangster. Do I know what that means? No. Am I intrigued? Most definitely. He’s assisted by his secretary Sa Ma-jang — played by Park Jin-woo — who is the Watson to his Sherlock.
Working with him, or should I say against him in the courtroom, is prosecutor Baek Mari, played by Kim Ji-eun. As someone who comes from a long line of prestigious legal professionals, Mari is considered legal royalty. She’s poised and self-assured in the courtroom, but when she meets our wildly temperamental lawyer, her smooth career trajectory comes to a grinding halt.
Lee Deok-hwa plays Baek Hyun-moo, Mari’s grandfather and founder of the top law firm “Baek.” Amidst his success, Hyun-moo is a lawyer that leads by his heart. It’s his pathos-driven sense of justice that will have him pushing Mari toward Ji-hoon in the first place.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a legal drama without a power-hungry bad guy, which is where Choi Dae-hoon comes in as prosecutor Seo Min-hyuk. Hailing from another prestigious family of lawyers, Min-hyuk believes in playing the rich person game to get ahead: leveraging connections, getting into prestigious schools, and marrying rich. He’ll have his sights set on turning “Baek” into “Baek and Seo” by putting a ring on our female lead.
The rest of the cast includes names like Lee Chung-ah (Awaken), Gong Min-jung (Hometown Cha Cha Cha), Ha Sung-Kwang (From Now On, Showtime!), and Kim Chul-yoon (Military Prosecutor Doberman), among others.
With the writers Choi Soo-jin and Choi Chang-hwan (Heart Surgeons, Defendant) behind the script and PD Kim Jae-hyun directing, One Dollar Lawyer plans to air in the Friday-Saturday slot on SBS.