Lee Dong-hwi, Kim Byung-chul confirmed as leads of ‘Cheap Cheonlima Mart’


tvN announced on July 23 that its new drama Cheap Cheonlima Mart will be headlined by actors Lee Dong-hwi and Kim Byung-chul. Now that seems a very interesting pair, especially if the series would make use of their acting prowess in hilarious scenes.

Cheap Cheonlima Mart is an adaptation of a popular webtoon by the same name that tells the story of the employees of a mart that hardly gets customers. Lee Dong-hwi (Designated Survivor: 60 Days) has taken on the role of Moon Suk-goo, the foolhardy manager of Cheonlima Mart. Moon has ambitious dreams of making the mart number one in the retail industry, but is perpetually stressed due to lack of customers.

Lee Dong-hwi, who rose to explosive popularity after 2015’s Reply 1988, will be playing his first lead role in a drama through the upcoming series.

Kim Byung-chul (Doctor Prisoner) meanwhile, will appear as Jung Bok-dong, a board member in Cheonlima’s parent company Daema Group who is suddenly demoted to take charge of Cheonlima. Jung harbors a desire to destroy the mart’s business as part of his revenge. However, his actions end up bringing more customers to the mart.

Kim recently won Best Supporting Actor in the 55th Baeksang Arts Awards for his performance in SKY Castle.

Also in the cast of the series are Park Ho-san (The Ghost Detective) as Kim Byung-chul’s rival at work who is involved in tax evasion, Lee Soon-jae (Legal High) as Daema Group’s CEO, and Jung Hye-sung (Doubtful Victory), who is sent to Cheonlima to spy on Kim’s character.

Cheap Cheonlima Mart will be directed by Baek Seung-ryong, whose past projects include Surplus Princess and four seasons of Rude Miss Young-ae, as well as variety shows like Actor School and SNL Korea. It is expected to be broadcast in the second half of the year.

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