girlfriday: Somebody pinch me. Is Yoo Ah-in returning to television?
javabeans: But… Fashion King?! The show that died, launched a lawsuit alleging plagiarism, and then slunk away when Cinderella Man flopped spectacularly?
girlfriday: Well apparently it didn’t die. It hasn’t been confirmed, but he’s rumored to be cast as the lead, and the drama is slated to premiere on SBS in March, following Salaryman. I thought when I first read the title that it’d be more like Yoo Ah-in the model, not Yoo Ah-in the small-time clothing vendor (apparently the character opens up a little stand in Dongdaemun Market and works his way up from nothing).
javabeans: Uh-oh. That brings out the Cinderella Man flashbacks. If he has a twin who is the chaebol owner of the biggest fashion company in the country, I’ll be thinking that lawsuit was dropped prematurely.
girlfriday: I really hope not. But what’s with all the pretty boy shop owners of late? Between this, the ramyun shop and the veggie shop, I’m kind of in drama heaven, but I draw the line at flower boy locksmiths.
javabeans: I feel like Yoo Ah-in wouldn’t agree to flower boy. He happens to be part of that posse, but you just know he’s dying to break free and do his rebel thing. Even if that means alternating commercial projects with the critically praised ones. Sort of like Lee Dong-wook.
girlfriday: At least he’s making some great choices lately. His movie Wandeuki is doing incredibly well, critically and in the box office.
javabeans: Yoo Ah-in also needs to take a cue from the Lee Dong-wook Handbook re: shower scenes. Just sayin’. Out of concern for his career, and all.
girlfriday: Yes. Exactly. For his own good. So Fashion King is written by Lee Sun-mi, of My Love in My Heart, Star In My Heart, What Happened in Bali, and Super Rookie.
javabeans: OH. Hm. Well then maybe it’ll be decent. If by decent we mean traditional rom-com. Wasn’t Star in My Heart based in the fashion world too? Although the darkness of What Happened in Bali offers a counterpoint to the fluff factor.
girlfriday: Well I hope that just because the repertoire is old-school doesn’t mean the drama will be too. Shin Se-kyung is in contention for the female lead, apparently, though less solid than the Yoo Ah-in news.
javabeans: Hm. I’m not sure how I feel about that. She’s good dramatically, but I haven’t seen her being cute and charming yet. Maybe it’s her time.
girlfriday: I have mixed feelings about her too. I’m curious to see if they’ve updated the premise any, or if it’s just going to be like every fashion drama ever.
javabeans: I am in conflict. Yoo Ah-in! (Awesome.) Associations to Cinderella Man and/or Style. (Not awesome.) Is this drama gonna have a split-at-birth, opposites-find-each-other, Parent Trap premise too?
girlfriday: Oh GOD PLEASE NO. Why does a fashion drama need birth secrets? Why?
javabeans: Although… TWO YOO AH-INS!
girlfriday: Oh. Hm. Am now having second thoughts.
javabeans: One can be gruff and hot, and the other can be fey and metro. It’ll be like Geo-ro and Yeo-rim, if they were the same person. Twice.
girlfriday: Now I’m thinking naughty thoughts.
javabeans: Doesn’t anything involving Yoo Ah-in involve naughty thoughts?
girlfriday: Is there more than one way to answer that question?
javabeans: Not honestly.
- Yoo Ah-in’s teacher bromance in Wandeuki
- Yoo Ah-in as a high school brawler in Wandeuki
- Yoo Ah-in goes geek chic
- Yoo Ah-in in fall/winter fashion for Bazaar
- Yoo Ah-in goes boy scout for High Cut
- Yoo Ah-in models for Jack & Jill
- Behind the scenes on Sungkyunkwan Scandal
- Sungkyunkwan Scandal NG cuts, cast interview
- Sungkyunkwan Scandal: Episode 1