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Ha Ji-won returns to television with Secret Garden

(Probably.)

Secret Garden has cast Ha Ji-won to star opposite Jang Hyuk in the “fantasy romantic comedy” drama set to air on SBS later this year. Note that the contract is “not finalized yet” — and we know why that’s a tricky deal — but the production company announced the casting on July 20 as though it were a done deal.

Ha will play a beautiful, skilled stuntwoman named Kil La-im (it is a Korean name despite being rather unusual) who “gets entangled with the immature and prickly Joo-won,” a department store president and chaebol played by Jang Hyuk. Also starring is Yoon Sang-hyun (Queen of Housewives) as a washed-up Hallyu star (haha) named Oscar, with whom Ha Ji-won and Jang Hyuk will fall into a love triangle.

Philip Lee (Story of a Man), and Kim Sarang (Tokyo Showers) are also cast, he as a martial arts director and she as a CF director. The drama has also been the source of speculation as to whether ex-2PM star Jaebum will sign on as a rookie singer named Sun.

This will be Ha’s first drama in nearly four years, ever since she played the famed gisaeng Hwang Jini in the drama of the same name. Since then, her film career has taken off with hits like disaster flick Haeundae and melodrama My Love By My Side. She’s slated for another film this year, the action blockbuster Sector 7.

Secret Garden will replace Life Is Beautiful on weekends and is scheduled to premiere in September. The project comes from the team that did On Air and Lovers In Paris, PD Shin Woo-chul and Kim Eun-sook.

Via Star News

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hahaha - what's with the names? Ha's character's name sounds like "lame" and Yoon is a hallyu star named after the academy awards....

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I will squee like a banshee if this materializes! Dream come true, seriously. It just does not get any better than this! Thanks JB!!

:-D

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ohh..erk

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OMOMOMOMOMOMOMOMOMOMO
OMOMOMOMOMOMOMOMOMOMO
OMOMOMOMOMOMOMOMOMOMO

Belleza is Speechless. O_O!!!

Jang Hyuk + Ha Ji Won = Weekly Riot in Dramabeans OT. My TV will melt down in a puddle of squee.

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I mean, seriously, they don't even have to talk. His smirk + her pout = Instant Hallyuchemistry.

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PLEASE <333333333333 let it be true @[email protected]

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yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!!!!!!!!!!!

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I'd love to see her in this with Jang Hyuk and Yoon Sang Hyun! But if she does reject this drama, then I'm sure she has even bigger plans for the future.

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So exciting!!!

I do wonder if she and Jang Hyuk share great chemistry together! :D

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This would be fabulous. I hope it pans out.

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excellent! accept it HJW!

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claps ::almost squees, but then remembers that squeeing is reserved for real confirmed stuff:: claps happily some more and plans offerings to the Drama Gods that this will be as awesome as that cast can make it!

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*still hyper-ventilating*

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I'm all YES YES YES with all of you!!

Gosh, now this is what you call casting actors man.

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really thrilled for this!!! HJW is such an amazing actress.. it's good to know we'll see more of her soon.. =D

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Ack! My girl crush <3 I hope she does take this role. I want her back on my tv screen.

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It will really be a treat if HJW decides to sign on.

She is one k/actress in great demand and longing to see her in drama again.

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Yeah, still screaming over here. Kinda hoarse now. If this is not a visual and artistic and chemical match made in casting heaven, I'm not sure an OTP has already caused me his much joy and I haven't even seen their picture side by side.

Yes guys, our Damo and our Chuno-kkun is going to fall in love. Squeeeeee....dies.

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STILL hyper-ventilating here.

The one actress whom I would switch teams for.

The actor I obsess over the most, beyond all reason and all sense, beyond space-and-time...

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this is definitely fantastic news!!....while I admit the drama itself sounds complicated....i mena thats just a lot of people..and some very good reasons to watch aka Ha Ji Won, Jang Hyuk, Yoon Sang Hyun...I dont know who i like most!!

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2 gorgeous men to look forward to! :) i love jang hyuk and yoon sang hyun... so i'll probably watch this drama...

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pleaaaaaase!!
i want HJW!!!!!
I miss her on small screen~~~~~

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I'm definitely going to watch it!

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I want to see HJW and KJW do a rom-com together,
That well be fun,
or a melo!
But Idk?
I need to see these two pair up!
Lol.

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I have it is going to get the official 'YES+GREEN LIGHT'...there have been so many false alarms in castings recently.

Love Ha Ji Won!!!

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Oh geez, I just realized that OJH is HJW's other co-star this year, with his turn as her BF in Sector 7. Okay, that's too much 6 degrees of K-drama separation for me.

I honestly never IMAGINED that HJW would consider dramas this year, much less the possibility of her doing Secret Garden. I was actually thinking maybe Kim Su Nah since she turned down I Am Legend.

But I am estatic beyond belief with this cast, and screenwriter (I loved City Hall despite its uneven and slightly fantasy script). The only other casting news that can make 2010 a trifecta for me (to round out the JWS+SA pairing in Athena), would be if Chun Jung Myung does Love Song with Yoon Eun Hye.

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ooooooh awesome pairing! Shez looking grt in dis pic...am happy nw that shez doing a new drama...thot she ll never cme back to dramas!

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SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
even if it's not firmly firmly confirmed this is too happy a news to not jump around and be incoherent like a banchee and start praying.

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I knew I was wearing pants earlier. I must have dropped it after reading this.

A DRAMA GOD and DRAMA GODDESS together. The idea is just too much for me to take, my head will explode.

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I thought Kim Sarang was the lead for Secret Garden?
(Not that I mind cause I too, love Ha Ji Won!)

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Han Jiwon ...its better be her!!! September is looking so much better now
BRING IT ON!!!!

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HA JI WON AND JANG HYUK?

sold. sold. sold. sold.

My mancrush and my girlcrush in ONE drama. I am spazzing. HOLD ME! HOLD ME!

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I'm at a loss for words. YES.YES.YES!

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I would totally watch it if jaebum signs on!!! even though im just eh abt everyone else xD heh

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I wasn't planning on watching this drama....

...but now that I've heard that this might be Ha Ji-Won's comeback drama, I HAVE to watch it!

Who can pass up a Ha Ji-Won and Jang Hyuk drama? :P

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OMG I LOVE JANG HYUK CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS DRAMA.

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Am a Jang Hyuk fan and a Yoon Sang Hyun fan.
Not so hot on Ha Ji Won, but still happy that this is a production with big names.

Will be looking forward to this drama!

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*droolzz..* Phillip Lee...lips and all..another good reason ..cant be a secret anymore..Gonna watch for sure!!

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Too much fails casting rumors lately so i dont believe it yet. I hope HJW come back drama is a good one, but im not excited about this one

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i like all of the casting..
can't wait to see all of new things bout this drama...

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nice. new drama to the ever growing list! man, time to catch up!

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Hooray for SBS!!!!! Wooohoooooo!!!!!! Airing after Life is Beautiful....my station here in Hawaii!!!!!!

Yeeeessssss for Jang Hyuk!!!!! :-)

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if this is true, that would be awesome. they're both pretty charismatic actors so it'd be a great combination!

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YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!

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Wow, wow, wow - a done deal for me! Now, any hint on why the drama's title: Secret Garden?

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wow what a strong cast. (hopefully). Ha Ji Won!!! YEAH :) <3

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WOW! This is a great news! Missed Ha Ji Won on TV. I hope this REALLY pushed through.

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I love all the casts , have high hope for this drama .

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"Ha Ji-won returns to television with Secret Garden"

I'll be making a return to TV with Secret Garden as well. Watching TV that is :)

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