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Jang Dong-gun considers drama with Secret Garden writer

Jang Dong-gun, back for a television drama? Please make this happen!

The latest talk is that A-lister Jang (Warrior’s Way, Good Morning President) is considering teaming with star writer Kim Eun-sook in her next drama, the title of which she recently revealed to be A Gentleman’s Dignity. This would be pretty perfect casting, given that when you say “dignified gentleman,” I pretty much think Jang Dong-gun. He’s something like Korea’s George Clooney — once a hot property on television, now focusing exclusively on film — and has the same aura of dapper charm.

Kim Eun-sook most recently wrote last year’s fantasy-melodrama sensation Secret Garden (as well as a string of other hits like Lovers in Paris, On Air, City Hall), which had a pretty blockbuster lineup with Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won, but this match-up might even outshine that. There were recent reports that her next project would be an idol drama, but writer Kim has come out to declare those claims false, which is a good thing because Jang Dong-gun, while extremely pretty, is about two decades removed from idol contention.

The deets:

A Gentleman’s Dignity, a “romantic melo,” is being planned for a March 2012 broadcast. It’ll be a weekend SBS drama, and I wouldn’t worry that it’s a long-running series since weekends do occasionally air miniseries (as was the case for Secret Garden). Writer Kim recently met with Jang Dong-gun’s reps and has extended the offer, and his reps confirmed that he is considering the role.

Jang’s last foray into television was eleven whole years ago in the quintessential Hallyu-Cinderella romance All About Eve (with a very young Chae Rim and a scene-stealing, backstabbing Kim So-yeon). Rumors of his drama return have cropped up periodically over the years, but nothing has materialized, so I take this casting rumor with a grain of salt. But I can dream.

Via Newsen, Star News

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Wow it will be a miracle to see him doing a drama, however no matter how popular some stars are... the story written for a drama matters the most

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And it would be a miracle too if Chae Rim were casting as the female lead in Gentleman's dignity.

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so true indeed...

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so true, since Chae Rim now busy with her own business venture...

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But it's Jang Dong Gun! Every ahjumma's favorite. With Chae Rim's pairing, the rating will explode.

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Yihaaaa!
Ahahahahahaha, somehow, my dream will come into reality

Like two or three weeks ago, writing my wish bout A lister comeback who run away from drama land to comeback and brighten my laptop again.
And with this news and wonbin's next year drama rumor, oh my...

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oh yes please make this happen, dramagod!
How I wish he would cast along with his wife, Go So-young...but it's really slim chance :(

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wow wow wow......
my forever favorite JDG is back in TV Drama. That is a good news for all the "eves" out there. I hope it will happen in the near future... if its Jang dong Gun, it must be best.

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I love JDG!!! Would be awesome to see him in a drama again. All About Eve was my very first K-drama & hooked me back then..line & sinker! I internet stalked him for days LOL & met him at an interview a few years ago.

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oh, i hope this 'rumour' becomes reality :D

missed seeing him in dramaland ever since that old old drama 'all about eve'.

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Finally!! Please make this happens, dramagod!

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wow finally his back in tv. i hope to all fanatics of "all about eve" he paired up again w/ chae rim.

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OMG I LOVEDDDDDDD ALL ABOUT EVE.

Super excited if this turns out to be true *prays hard*

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It'll be great for k-dramaland if this comes true :)

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ahh jang dong-gun I can only hope that I'll age that well.

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KSA with him please

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That would be amazing. Have they ever worked on a project together, does anyone know?

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Wow, Kim Eun-sook can really bring in the big name stars. City Hall and Secret Garden both featured A-listers who do mostly film. I wonder, if this materializes, who will play opposite him?

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yes please make this happens! it would be nice if jang dong gun pairing again with chae rim or maybe kim so-yeon.
but i agree with leona's comment "no matter how popular some stars are..the story written for a drama matters the most"

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I read Song Yunah had a hand in recommending Cha Seong Won for City Hall...

But if they can get JDG back on tv, that'll be a coup that's for sure. I MISSED him. Loved him and all about eve and the other casts. It's one of my first kdramas.

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i would like to see him paired with son ye jin

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The news of JDG and WON BIN possibly returning to T.V is the best I've heard in a while!

Who said 2012 is coming to an end when all of these good news is happening?!?!?

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WOW... I surely hope this will happen. Drama God, hear our prayer.

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I hope this is true. I want to see him on TV again. I want Son Ye Jin or Kim So-yeon with him please this time around.

Crossing my fingers!

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sigh..why would a big star go back to the small screen? I dunno..the script or director/writer better be good or be extremely persuasive.

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A Hallyu drama is very lucrative. You will get paid a higher salary than for a big budget movie. You may get earnings off of reruns and foreign TV runs. In addition, your visibility in Asia will be improved, thus increasing your salary leverage. That all said, JDG is already at the top of the mountain, and I doubt he takes this option. ESPECIALLY after passing up on Peninsula.

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Wow, I wish this will happen.

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I'm putting my mind powers together with yours, JB, to hopefully make this happen! I would love to see such a strong actor on the small screen again!

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first won bin now jang dong gun? someone has heard our prayers!!!! if both of these happen, then there really will be a possibilty of 2012 dramas topping the awesomeness of 2011! (not that i'm complaining ;) )

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Secret Garden had a lot going for it: wonderful actors, lovely music and photography, engaging wordplay, etc... But, for all that, it had a lot of problems with its narrative. I was very disappointed in the uneven and meandering story telling which undermined an otherwise enchanting production.

I am, therefore, not so eager to see more resources wasted on this writer.

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"Engaging wordplay" is being quite generous when it comes to the script of "SG."

I know that the script for "SG" ended up getting numerous awards, but it just goes to show that those awards are more popularity contests than anything really regarding merit/quality.

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Houstontwin - I agree. But she also did City Hall and that was better in narrative quality whereas Secret Garden had some good one liners and occasional conversations. It was the follow through in the plot that killed it.

For me the BEST part of SG was the OST. Seriously adore that thing. Well chosen pop songs, well written score.

BTW If anyone knows the composer for the score please let me know. I've been scouring the internet but to no avail! Help help!

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I am elated and terrified at the same time. On one hand, I have been waiting for years for JDG to come back to the small screen. On the other hand, I'm not a fan of Kim Eun-sook's narratives either. I think she is genius in casting pairs because they always seem to have sizzling chemistry, and they're all really great actors. But that's not enough for me. I really want JDG's comeback drama to be a well-written one. I am torn.

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I'd love to see him pairing again with Chae Rim as they really have chemistry but I doubt that it will happen.

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My very first ahjusshi crush :)
Damn he's handsome!

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All About Eve for sure...

what make it interesting is March 2012 will have SBS "A Gentleman" (jdg?), MBC "The King" (Lbh?) they forget one more person "The Clown" Lee Jun Ki is back.... no fun at all with out a clown...

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I welcome these news since I may the one of the few who actually liked him better in drama than on film.

And I love this writer (just don't force her into extantion, that's where things go crazy)

But am I crazy for wanting to watch JDG paired with Kim Tae Hee? I think they would look great together.

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please drambeans people can please talk about won bin maybe coming back to dramas

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Wow, Jang Dong-gun back on the small screen? I'D LOVE IT! Please make it happen!

I watched All About Eve ages ago and I remember looking him up on Dramawiki and gaping at his drama list... because.. it's so.. miniscule!

I really loved the drama and his acting. I hope he gets paired up with someone cute! Chae Rim is a dream but might as well wish for it. :-)

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oh..pls make tis happen..i miss JDG very very much....just love him in all the drama n movie.....crossing fingers...

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soy de perĂº y si me gustaria que chae rim nuevamente buelva a trabajar con jang dong gun hacen una linda pareja espero q los productores tomen en cuenta de los seguidores de estos grandes actores te ree quiero chae espero verte de nuevo vi tu ultimo drama y estubo buenisimo ho my lady

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