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Eric on for Poseidon, Kim Ok-bin still in consideration

Looks like the news is finally confirmed: Eric is on for action drama Poseidon, which is set in the world of the maritime police and has already cast Kim Kang-woo as a lead. This news has been floating around for a few weeks, but only as unconfirmed rumor, as with a few other names like idol star U-Know Yunho. (Yunho’s casting is still undecided.)

But Eric, the Shinhwa rapper turned actor who just completed his military obligation, told the press as he was discharged on October 30 (pictured above) that he will be acting in Poseidon. He has been serving out his mandatory army duty since October of 2008, and had been fielding offers for a comeback project in the months leading up to his discharge.

He last acted in the ri-diiiiiiiii-cu-lous goof of a drama Strongest Chil Woo, which was absurd and entertaining. My favorite of his roles remains 2007’s intense Que Sera Sera; if you think he’s yet another idol-turned-actor who can’t act, you’ve gotta check that one out. Prior to that, he’d been working on an action drama, Wolf, but had to quit when he sustained an injury while filming a stunt; the drama production was discontinued and the injury would later lead to his being granted a desk job within the army.

Eric added that he’d like to show a masculine appeal similar to Jang Hyuk in Chuno (and, coincidentally, Jang Hyuk was another name who was rumored to be in contention for this series).

Meanwhile, Kim Ok-bin is still said to be considering the role; her rep stated this past week that nothing has been decided yet, but that the announcement would come soon. While she gained entree to the entertainment industry more for her looks than anything (she was one of the earliest examples of an uljjang who made the successful leap to an acting career, along with Gu Hye-sun and Nam Sang-mi), she has really kicked it up, acting- and career-wise, in recent years. In particular, she was praised for her role in Park Chan-wook’s vampire thriller Thirst, which won a jury prize at Cannes in 2009.

Poseidon is set for 20 episodes, and is aiming to broadcast in the first half of next year.

Via TV Daily, E Daily

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Thanks for good news. I like action drama and waiting to see Eric.

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eric... my eric... drools!

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yours? (just kidding.)

Eric! <3

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ERIC'S IN? okay count me in too!

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Did a happy dance, jumped up and down and hugged myself when I saw he had been released from the army. Then i saw he was on for this project and started to look for more information about it. Eric is lovely.

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eric's back..!!!yay...!!
thanks JB for the good news..^^

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Shinhwa's leader is back!!!

great great news!!! He's in!!

"Eric added that he’d like to show a masculine appeal similar to Jang Hyuk in Chuno"

I totally love this idea too!!!! crossing all fingers and toes!!

Thanks for the translation!

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My 2 favorite Kim Kang Woo & Eric Mun. I'm in! I'm In

Poseidon is to start filming by next week. I guess we'll hear about confirmation for Kim Ok Bin & Yunho's casting very soon too.

I really like Wolf. Too bad that they have to stop filming of the serries when Eric got injured from trying to save Han Ji Min off a car stunt went terribly wrong.

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please, please NOOO Jung Yunho... m (_ _) m (onegaiii)~

with that said and done, Eric's a pretty good choice; and i dont mind KOB. altho, when someone mentioned [from the previous post] about Park ShiYeon, i got a bit excited. i love her chemistry with KKW [hottt in Marine Boy!] and would be nice how well she'd act alongside her ex. lol. it'd be nice to see her play someone tomboy-ish and all action-y. (altho this possibility of her casting is like next to 0% since her name wasnt even mentioned in korean articles... oh well!)

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I really hope Yunho's not part of this project. Heading to the Ground was painful to watch due to his horrid acting.

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woah! so excited! now that eric is out of the army, it doesn't seem like we waited for eternity for him hehehe! so glad he is jumping back into life quickly so we can drool and squeel properly! i am glad he is back and waiting for the others to join him again for the legend(shinhwa) to revive too! go eric and see you soon in drama land. (l loved him best in Que Sera Sera too)

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i remembered one told in forum that chae rim also would be in it...is she still in?

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I'm just gonna spazz because MY Eric has finally got out of the armeeeeeee!!

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Ahahahahaha so excitedddddddd~ I've really missed him, and I can't wait for Poseidon. :D I hope we get more plot details soon, though, because while "cops on boats" can sustain me for a while, it can't hold me forever. :P

I'm still sad about Wolf though.. I think that would've been a good drama. :(

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Wow shes prettay
and eric .. is that a bomb òo ?

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Is Yoon Eun Hye being considered for the lead role in this?

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No..she never being considered in this drama..she's doing another drama *forget what its name*

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it's Love Song. I doubt that this drama will even be materialized in the near future since many top actors rejected the offer (cause of PYH death circumstance or cause they don't want to be tagged as a "replacement").

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hehehee, this news is fantastic. Javabean, I am really hope that you will do a recap on this drama. I love to read what you'll have to say about it. That way I don't have to wait for Eng sub. Eric fighting!!!!

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Eric in ??? OMG .... Count me in too....

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YAY! I've been waiting for his tail to return for entirely too long!

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Same here...I feel like I've been waiting for Eric's return forever. I am so happy he is back :)

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WOW!.....Kim Kang Woo, Eric and Kim Ok Bin (hypothetically)!!.....i'm soo in....the premise isnt that attractive bt i LOVE these actors ...if Kim gets casted that would be the icing on the cake...bt i am curious as to why Eric would take a role where he is second lead for his first gig after coming from the army??....oh who cares!!....post army release drama + korean coast guard = PLENTY OF SHIRTLESS SCENES!!

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p.s...this probably means he wont be doing Love Song opposite Yoon Eun Hye :(

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And to think that Eric has rejected Love Song because he's been offered the 2nd lead. And now he's got second lead role for different drama. How ironic.

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i know right?!

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even though second lead, perhaps he prefers poseidon since he's looking to build a masculine/macho image? (whatever that means)...

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May be because the type of rolls are different or may be he's more interested in action drama? As far as I heard, Love Song hasn't found its male lead yet and both Eric & Jo Hyun Jae were contenders to replace Park Yong Ha in Love Song.

Most of us here had watched Story of a Man right? Park was the lead in SoaM but I found both Kim Kang Woo & Park Yong Ha rolls are fairly equal. I personally was drawn more to KKW's character because it's more intriguing and he lives up that psychopath character so well.

I think it's a career suicide if one picking his/her rolls mainly on their status or popularity. There're other factors to consider such as their personal interest to certain gernes at the moment, the potential of the roll, the pay, the production, writer crew.....

If he takes this as a 2nd lead, I'm sure there's a very good reason for it. Regardless, I'm very happy to see these 2 actors in Poseidon (hope the plot/writing is good) ;-)

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Eric is BACK!!!! God i've missed him loads!!! My first idol crush is BACK

Looking forward to seeing him on the small screen again! Hope its a big hit for him.

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Gu Hye Sun was an uljjang? eh???

But yay for Eric, although he terrified and made me hate and kind of love him in QSS, I'm looking forward to this.

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I lover Kim Ok Bin and hope she lands the role because it has been along time since she has been on tv, i miss her!

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Wow, time goes by so fast... it felt like he just entered the military not too long ago. Good for him though!

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YAY! So happy Eric is finished with his MS. Congratulations ! Look forward to his next work.....so who will be the next to finish with MS?

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If Kim Ok Bin finally confirm her involvement in this drama, doesn't it mean there will be some nude scenes ??? Just kidding :)
As much as she's been praised for her acting in "Thirst" I'm still deploring her decision to take some nude and bed scenes with Song Kang Ho (although he's a good actor).

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kim kang woo & eric <3 but not too excited for kim ok bin...not really a fan of her.......hmm i wonder if eric is going to do the drama with yoon eunhye too but i doubt it since hes doing poseidon...will be looking forward to this!

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please allow me to say this first! AAAAAHHHHHH EEERRRRIIICCCC!!

pardon my second of fangirling...

Anyway, I too was a bit disappointed when he turned down Love Song as a lead and took this drama as a second lead. But I'm happy that he did. He(or I rather) may think he needs to polished up his acting a bit since he's been inactive for two years. Because of that, I think it's a great decision! Hopefully after this drama, he can take on a project as a lead (along with debuting as a solo artist!)

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Ha! Ha! Had to laugh at the bundle of mikes in his hand. At least the press had the decency to band them together

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Is Eric a good actor? Honest question and please don't be biased if you're responding.

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As Dramabeans suggested from the above article, you might want to watch QSS and find the answer there.

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YESSSHH ERRIIICCC!
ah finally he confirmed it by himself, the korean press has been all over regarding eric and poseidon. I seriously cannot wait for KKW and Eric to work together again~ great actors in one show, the plot better be good! XD

i agree with some of you regarding eric takes on the second lead. At this point, i know that this is a different character that eric hasn't touched on, maybe he wants to challenge himself? ;D regardless, i'm waiting to see him every week!!!

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What great news! :)

That was 2 years already? I could still remember how sad I was when he went in. Time does fly.

Lovely to see Eric back and looking forward to seeing him in a drama soon, not as a second lead but as the lead. He's a very good actor.

BTW, does this also mean that Shinhwa will regroup soon too?

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unfortunately, no.
all of shinhwa (besides hye sung) are currently serving military duty. min woo just went in this year, so we'll have to wait at least 2 more years before we see the boys together again.

kim dong wan will be the next to be released on Dec. 7th. (yay!)

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i'm sorry to disappoint all of you but Eric is mine! ^^ i'll watch anything he's in cause he is simply amazing

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i dunno..i dont like action drama...i LOVE eric but not very much with eric doing action... He's more luva luva

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I CAN'T WAIT!!

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ERICCC!!! back and looking hot!!! cant wait for what to come from you!!

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So . . . Kim Kang Woo is playing Poseidon; Eric , Perseus; and Kim Ok Bin, Madusa. Amirite?

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kim ok bin and eric ????
the rest are irrelevant ;P

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