My first reaction to this news was actually more like a mishmash of a dozen reactions, which went a little something like this:
“OH NO I was afraid of this but YAAAAY it’s Lee Jung-jae, but OH WOE, no Kang Ji-hwan?? *waaaaail* is so sad and yet, also *hurrahhhh* is excited, and oh who cares must see right now right away”
Or, in coherent language: Kang Ji-hwan (Hong Gil Dong), as I had feared, has dropped out of MBC’s upcoming figure-skating drama Triple. This is sad, but not too unexpected, because his name had been quietly dropped from press releases after the initial announcement.
On the other hand, perhaps the only other actor-crush that rivals mine on Kang Ji-hwan would be the one I reserve for Lee Jung-jae (Typhoon, Air City). My love for him is long-standing and perhaps older than some of you kiddies. (It dates back to 1994’s Feeling and was reinforced by 1995’s Sandglass. Hey, I was young, but I knew what love was.)
Also, this seems to suggest that the drama, while it had originally seemed fluffy and girly, may not be as silly as it first seemed. Lee Jung-jae has been known in his later career for tough action roles and while he definitely has comic chops (which are really underrated), I don’t see him doing a frilly drama. His casting, combined with Coffee Prince‘s director at the helm, suggests this could be something really interesting.
So let’s see now:
- Yoon Kye-sang (Who Are You)
- Lee Seon-kyun (Coffee Prince, White Tower)
- Lee Jung-jae (Il Mare, Typhoon)
- Director Lee Yoon-jung (Coffee Prince)
- Writer Lee Jung-ah of both the novels AND dramas for Coffee Prince and Capital Scandal
Yup. This is gonna be awesome. Can’t wait for June!