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[KDrama-2010] Athena: Goddess of War (IRIS spinoff)
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* Title: 아테나: 전쟁의 여신 / Athena: Jeonjaeng-ui Yeoshin
* Also known as: Athena: Goddess of War
* Genre: Action, thriller, romance
* Episodes: TBA
* Broadcast network: SBS
* Broadcast period: 2010-Nov-?? to TBA
* Air time: TBA
* Related TV shows: IRIS



Synopsis
A terrorist group known as "Athena" and led by evil mastermind Son Hyuk threatens South Korea and the world. It is now up to special agent Lee Jung Woo of the National Security Agency to foil their terrifying conspiracy. Jo Soo Young, the daughter of the South Korean president, is kidnapped and hidden away in Italy. Jung Woo and his team are given the assignment to find her and bring her back.



Cast

* Jung Woo Sung as Lee Jung Woo
~plays a top agent with the National Anti-Terror Service


* Cha Seung Won as Son Hyuk
~ is looking mighty fierce as a spy


* Soo Ae as Yoon Hye In
~sheds her innocent image to go sexy as an NTS agent


* Lee Ji Ah as Han Jae Hee
~rounds out the group of agentsy


* Kim Min-jong as Kim Ki-soo
~ takes a departure from his gentle image to play a North Korean defector who becomes Jung Woo-sung’s partner


* Choi Si Won as Kim Joon Ho
~starts out as a newbie data analyst and looks up to his sunbae Jung Woo-sung, but he’ll get his turn in the spy limelight later in the series


* Lee Bo Young as Jo Soo Young

~plays the daughter of the president


Source : http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Athena:_Goddess_of_War

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Jung Woo Sung and Cha Seung Won for IRIS sequel, Athena!




Yes, the wait is over.

Part of the cast of IRIS 2, the sequel for the hit drama IRIS, has been revealed. Though it’s been referred to as IRIS 2, the real name is Athena: Goddess of War, Athena for short.

Top actors Jung Woo Sung and Cha Seung Won has both officially been cast for the drama. On March 3rd, Taewon Entertainment, the drama’s production company, sent out a press release announcing that Jung Woo Sung and Cha Seung Won will star as the main characters for the IRIS spinoff. They are using the Greek goddess Athena’s name for a terrorist group in the drama. The two actors will play enemies of each other.

Taewon Entertainment says they are ready to capture more viewers with an amazing storyline and hot action scenes. Jung Woo Sung has mostly only done movies so it’ll be nice to see him on the small screen. He will play Lee Jung Woo and supposedly will surpass Lee Byung Hun’s character’s charisma.

The terrorist group Athena’s leader will be played by Cha Seung Won. He will play Son Hyuk who always finishes any type of mission. He is cold and is obviously the bad guy of the show. The drama will start filming in Italy and Switzerland in June. They will also film in Singapore, New Zealand and more countries, six in total.

Do they have enough money for this? They are shooting to air the show in the latter half of the year. Get ready for a blockbuster and I wonder who the female lead is!


http://www.allkpop.com/2010/03/jung-woo-sung-and-cha-seung-won-for-iris-2
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i just dont get it. in Iris the end is hanging since Iris itself was not fully discovered nor not abolished. then why Athena now? jas asking
Posted 3/3/10
Six countries?! Where they get the funding for this?
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Liking the male casting so far, hope the female cast will be just as good. I loved Kim So Yeon in Iris, wish she would be in this one too.
Oh, and I really dislike the name of Iris 2, seems so cliche.
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Just a side note, I thought Athena is the goddess of wisdom and battle strategy, so basically she is the goddess of intelligence; the god of war and boodshed is Ares! How come they say that Athena is the goddess of war?

Lee Byung Hun grew on me during IRIS so I don't know if I'll ever think this new guy will surpass Byung Hun's charisma.
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mika_c wrote:

Just a side note, I thought Athena is the goddess of wisdom and battle strategy, so basically she is the goddess of intelligence; the god of war and boodshed is Ares! How come they say that Athena is the goddess of war?

Lee Byung Hun grew on me during IRIS so I don't know if I'll ever think this new guy will surpass Byung Hun's charisma.


athena is the goddess of strategic and justified warfare.
ares is the god of violent and bloody warfare.
they are each a god of a different type of warfare. athena did not like to fight but would support fighting when she deemed it justified or necessary. during war itself, she represented the use of tactics and strategy as opposed to ares who represented bloody murder and the slaughter of everyone on the battlefield.

anyways, so what about the iris organization? it's still around and all so why are they shifting the focus to some new terrorist group...
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Posted 3/4/10
waaaaa! I love Jung Woo Sung
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SNSD’s participation for IRIS sequel, Athena confirmed!




Aside from having confirmed the two main male casts alongside their official title of Athena: Goddess of War, no further news were reported thereafter until today.

It was just revealed that the Goddesses of K-pop, SNSD will be participating for the series! Not only will they will be contributing to the soundtrack, a member will also be making an appearance in the drama as well.

“With their popularity soaring across Asia, we highly anticipate the synergy that the SNSD girls will create by joining Athena. An SNSD member will also be given a special role in the drama as well,” the representative of Taewon Entertainment revealed. They have also stated that their first filming will take its place in June at either Italy or Switzerland, but kept the name of the chosen member as a secret.

This definitely might serve as the that mystery member’s breakthrough in the acting industry (of course, with exceptions to those who already had their chance), and who knows? Maybe she will claim the main female role after all!


http://www.allkpop.com/2010/03/snsds-participation-for-iris-2-confirmed
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SNSD Yoona offered to join IRIS sequel, Athena




Earlier we reported that two major actors would be joining the main cast of IRIS 2, aka Athena: Goddess of War. Since then, many have been wondering who the female lead could be. And although it’s no lead role, we reported earlier that a member of SNSD would be making a cameo appearance. It’s now been revealed that member Yoona was offered the role!

The director of the project revealed that Yoona was their original choice but due to promotions and scheduling conflicts, she was not able to accept. This is most likely due to her appearing on season 2 of Family Outing as a regular.

Filming begins in June so that begs the question – who will join the cast of Athena? We’ve eliminated 1 out of 9 so who do you think will land the role or who do you want it to be?

[Thanks to Yoonafied for the tip]


http://www.allkpop.com/2010/03/snsd-yoona-offered-to-join-iris-sequel-athena
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Posted 3/17/10
can't wait...Iris is the best drama
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Ha Ji-won denies IRIS 2 reports!!!



Hm, conflicting reports on this one. Although a few news outlets have reported that Ha Ji-won would take the lead in the IRIS sequel drama, Athena, the actress’s side has come out to say that this isn’t the case.

On the 19th, it was reported that the Taewon Entertainment CEO had said that they were in negotiations with Ha. In response, Ha’s management stated, “That is not at all true. She has a lot of other projects that she is deciding between. She has not discussed appearing in IRIS 2.”

Ha already has her next film project lined up, which reunites her with director Yoon Je-kyun from blockbuster disaster film Haeundae. She’ll begin filming in April. Athena, meanwhile, plans to begin filming in June in Italy, then Switzerland, followed by shoots in Singapore, New Zealand, and more overseas locations.

I’m not sure whether this is a serious denial, or just Ha’s side being careful not to jump to conclusions — often news reports will announce something before it’s finalized, and most of the time the issue goes on to be finalized anyway. But as we know, plans can often fall through and until both sides are willing to announce the news, ain’t nothing set in stone. However, merely mention of Ha Ji-won being considered for Athena gets me excited, because she would be PERFECT. She does sexy and intense better than most actresses of her generation, and I would put her and Kim Sun-ah as my two top picks for the role, with Ha edging out Kim. In fact, if she joins Jung Woo-sung and Cha Seung-won in this sequel, I’ll be much more excited about this drama than I ever was about its predecessor.


source:http://www.dramabeans.com/2010/03/ha-ji-won-denies-iris-2-reports/
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Soo Ae confirmed as female lead for Athena: Goddess of War




After much speculation and with Ha Ji Won rumored to be the female lead at one stage, it was finally announced on April 9th that Soo Ae will be the female lead for the IRIS spinoff drama, Athena: Goddess of War.

Soo Ae joins Jung Woo Sung and Cha Seung Won who were already chosen earlier to play the leading roles in the drama. Soo Ae plays a profiling double agent (something like Seung Hee in IRIS) in the NTS (National Anti-Terror Service) agency and will form a love triangle with Jung Woo Sung and Cha Seung Won.

Taewon Entertainment expressed that after looking at a shortlist of actresses, they had decided on Soo Ae as she combined good acting skills with looks and was able to express subtle emotions easily. With the drama’s title set as Athena, it’s expected that Soo Ae will be playing an important role in the drama.

Athena: Goddess of War, which has been called IRIS 2 is only a spinoff drama. So technically, it isn’t the real sequel. … IRIS’s real sequel, IRIS 2, is scheduled to be produced and broadcast in the latter half of 2011.

Filming for Athena: Goddess of War will begin in Italy and Switzerland this June. They will also film in Singapore, New Zealand and more countries, six in total. The scheduled airing date is set for the latter half of 2010.


http://www.allkpop.com/2010/04/soo-ae-confirmed-as-female-lead-for-athena-goddess-of-war
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Producers have offered a role to idol singer Kim Hyun-joong of boy band SS501 (who made his acting debut in 2009’s Boys Before Flowers) in the upcoming IRIS spinoff Athena: Goddess of War. Kim has met several times with a senior exec of Taewon Entertainment, the production company behind IRIS and its related projects, to discuss joining the production and possible character details.

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Posted 5/12/10
I will watch this because of LEE JI AH
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can't wait....
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