Bachelor’s Veggie Store: Yoon Shi-yoon out, Ji Chang-wook in?
It’s certainly cable’s year, that’s for sure. And it looks like there’s a running theme in this fall’s lineup — TvN’s got Flower Boy Ramyun Shop in the works, and now jTBC is gunning to air its pretty-boy-shop-owner show, Bachelor’s Vegetable Store, in the fall as well. Does every pretty boy get a shop now? What’s next, Beast Man Pet Shop? Sensitive Boy Record Store? Salami Prince: Meat Shop #1?
Don’t get me wrong. I much prefer modest shopkeepers to chaebols and princes, and I’m looking forward to middle class heroes being back in vogue. Former Baker King Yoon Shi-yoon was the name originally attached to the project, but now he’s out, and the actor rumored to fill the shoes of last year’s It Boy is this year’s It Boy, Warrior Baek Dong-soo‘s Ji Chang-wook.
I love him in Baek Dong-soo. I may have watched for Yoo Seung-ho, expecting that the hero would be the boring straight-laced guy, but Ji Chang-wook is so adorable as the the bumbling hero with more bravado than skill, that I ended up loving him more. (Though their love for each other is what I REALLY watch for.)
I hope he takes on the Veggiemart. It’s based on a true story about a young man who opened a small vegetable store in the 90s and went on to become a huge success. The neighborhood ajummas called him “bachelor” because he was a young shopkeeper (not quite old enough to be called “boss” as per usual with ajusshi shopkeepers), and so his store became known as the Bachelor’s Vegetable Store. I think he’d be perfect as the young hard-working entrepreneur who slays the ajummas with his smile. Wouldn’t you line up to buy your produce from this guy?
Bachelor’s Vegetable Store is set to air this November on jTBC, which means Ji Chang-wook would be going straight from the set of Baek Dong-soo to this drama. Whew. No rest for the pretty. Let the battle of the pretty boy shop owners begin.
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