Kim Jae-won + Lee Jia + Seo Hyo-rim + Nickhun + Lee Ki-kwang: All in the same drama?
Casting is heading into the final stages for MBC’s upcoming drama Me Too, Flower! (or I’m A Flower, Too!), which is the new title of the romantic-comedy project formerly called Girls and then The Queen’s Return. Phew. Maybe this time the title will stick.
Up as top contenders for the leads are Lee Jia, whose potential drama return has been murmured about in recent weeks, Seo Hyo-rim, and Kim Jae-won. According to a source on his side, Kim is considering the role and is planning to meet with the producers to discuss the details. Lee Jia is still considering her participation as well.
The character Kim Jae-won would play is Seo Jae-hee, a man who leads an interesting double life: parking attendant by day, lingerie brand owner on the side. Double the lives, double the romantic complications: His daytime persona loves a woman named either Cha Yi-rye or Cha Bong-sun (various reports conflict), while his chaebol side spends his nights loving Kim Dal.
Lee Jia would play (petty) Policewoman Cha, whose unaffected personality isn’t a stranger to occasional fits of temper. She’s cute and quirky, which I hope works better for her here than it did in Style, where she had a similar character description but came out shrill and annoying.
Meanwhile, two idol boys — 2PM’s Nickhun and Beast’s Lee Ki-Kwang — are up to play Lee Jia’s (well, her character’s) men. She’s got a crush on Nickhun’s would-be character, who’ll appear in each episode in her imagination as her fantasy conversation partner, lending his sympathetic (albeit imaginary) ear to her complaints. On one occasion, she gets massively drunk and even imagines him being buried in the ground. Ha, it sounds like a fun, quirky drama already.
Lee Ki-kwang, on the other hand, is a rookie petty policeman who likes her. He’s got an offbeat personality of his own, and has a habit of declaring, “Noona is my woman!” everywhere he goes. Yeah, that’s a good way to get noona to hit you upside the head, is what I’m thinking.
Nickhun, Lee Ki-kwang
Seo Hyo-rim, then, is in contention for the Kim Dal character. Not much description is given, but I’ll presume she’s the polar opposite of our policewoman, since K-dramas sure love their laws of diametric opposites. Granted, I did hate her bitchy chaebol princess role from Scent of a Woman and found her character a waste of screentime, but I love Seo Hyo-rim as an actress, and think she did as much as she could with a flat, stock character who was more plot device than developed character.
There’s also mention of a 40-ish “Scary Chick” with rumors of Han Go-eun being a contender, and while I wouldn’t get my hopes up for that bit of casting (it’s a teeny, fleeting mention in one article), it gives me an idea of why the drama was called, at one point, Girls. The Korean term 계집애들 actually has a more slang connotation, as in “Chicks” or “Broads.”
With Lee Jia’s name in the mix, a lot more eyes have turned to this project, since it would be a measure of whether she’d be able to make a comeback from her Scandal O’ The Year, aka the secret marriage and less-secret divorce to rocker king Seo Taiji. As for Kim Jae-won, he’s already made a successful comeback (his being from army service) in the warm and much-loved weekend drama Do You Hear My Heart?
But it’s not like this project lacks for reasons behind hype. It also has well-known producing names attached: Directing will be PD Go Dong-sun of Queen of Housewives, while the writer is the very talented Kim Do-woo of My Name Is Kim Sam-soon and What’s Up, Fox?
Note that all these casting notices are being reported as possibilities, not confirmations. However, I suspect some of these names will stick, because the drama’s getting awfully close to production time. Slated to follow Can’t Lose on Wednesdays and Thursdays, the drama will premiere at the end of October.
Via Star News
- Scent of a Woman: Episode 1
- Seo Hyo-rim added to Scent of a Woman
- Lee Jia is married to (and divorcing) Seo Taiji
- Jung Woo-sung confirms romance with Lee Jia
- Couple stills from Do You Hear My Heart?
- Behind the scenes of Do You Hear My Heart?
- Kim Jae-won’s drama comeback
- Kim Jae-won completes his military service