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Cast gathers for Big’s initial script reading

The cast has been assembled and now it’s time to begin production on Big, the body-swapping Hong Sisters romantic comedy set to air on KBS in just over another month. The drama held its initial table read a week ago, though we’re only now getting to see the stills featuring stars Gong Yoo, Lee Min-jung, Jang Hee-jin, and Suzy.

(You can barely see a few other Hong sisters regulars, like Choi Ran and Ahn Seok-hwan, who have been in a number of the duo’s past dramas, often paired. Perhaps they’ll have another love connection this time as well; at this point the meta joke is practically half the point of casting them.)

Despite the title, the plot actually isn’t like Tom Hanks’ Big after all, since we’re dealing with two discrete identities. Rather than starting Gong Yoo’s character out young and aging him overnight, an 18-year-old’s spirit takes up residence in the 30-something hero’s body. Lee Min-jung is the woman who finds herself in a predicament when her fiancé suddenly isn’t her fiancé anymore; she plays a quirky character with apparently hilarious dialogue. Can’t wait to hear it.

Suzy was also at the reading, though her character doesn’t make her entrance until Episode 3; she’ll be the teenage girl that our teenage hero has a crush on.

Big premieres on June 4 on KBS, and will be a Monday-Tuesday drama. Who’s ready for Gong Yoo’s comeback?

Via Chosun

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Roar. I love Gong Yoo's hair.

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ERR NOT FOR ME

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Not a big fan of his hairstyle right now, but I don't mind. It's Gong Yoo and I've been waiting to see him on TV since Coffe Prince ended. So, WOOT! :D

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It makes him look younger, I think. Although the 5 o'clock shadow counterracts, somewhat. Whatever, he's adorable.

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I like that he's back to his natural color, at least. I'll be interested to see what style they give him for the show.

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yeah...not really feelin' the new style. But I do like that it's black again, and he does look younger (sho awdowable)

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Not digging his new cut!!

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I am so ready for Goong Yoo and his smooth voice and he has such a V line :-)

Do guys have a V Line? If Koreans like a S line for females.
However can't quite work out Ms Suzy's role if it's GY in a teenager's body. Guess she will be kissing the younger guy?

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I've heard V-line's for the jaw shape or something....i think it's the Korean equivalent of a heart-shaped face!! As for the S-line most of the female K-celebs who're envied for said S-line seem to be shapeless with no curves whatsoever!!

I'm looking forward to this drama although it'll mean my obsession, TK2H, will have finished by then: hello, there's GY, LMJ (despite dropping BOF, SM, & Midas she has that likeability factor going for her), and Suzy (she's too adorable for words)!!

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S-Line, V-Line & 19 More Korean Body Lines

here's every Korean Body line definitions
http://www.asianplasticsurgeryguide.com/everythingelse/svbodylines.html

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Omo! This is weirdly funny and informative. :D

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hahahahaha thanks!! This is funny and weird :P

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OMG! Not another Three Stooges' "Moe" haircut!!!

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exactly.....I wish it was more mature although i just vuve gong yoo

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LOL! Well maybe it'll look different dressed up a bit.

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It's ok...mawr for me to love....my ILU could be bald & I still think he's drop dead gorgeous ^.^

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*sighs* Gong Yoo, why are you so cu~ute?

And Lee Min Jung is pretty as always. Even if the plot wasn't interesting (and it is) I'd be watching this just for these two.

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This would be a fun drama to watch in Hawaii in a library with the ahjummas and hula. :)

The moment we see Gong Yu, I will definitely SQEEEEEEEEE!

When is the big Kdrama convention? Can you imagine being in a movie theatre somewhere with 500 of your best Dramabeans friends watching this?

Why don't we do a meet-up somewhere in the middle, everyone?

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I'm in Indonesia, somewhere in the middle would mean Hawaii?

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Hold on a minute!

Bali is where we should meet.
It is the perfect Kdrama place.
We could all find out what the heck happened there.

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HAHAAAHA your comment cracked me up Jomo

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Yeah.. Let's .... Bali, Bali, Bali
Got to meet all fellow Beanies

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A Dramabean Private Screening! That would be so cool... Except i have absolutely no idea for how to deal with the logistics!

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Moa??? There's a convention!!! Asssahhaa!!

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Count me in..

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~~~~~giddy with anticipation~~~~~

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I can't wait until June. I like all 3 main actors, so definitely I will watch thís drama. I hope the Hong sisters will outdo themselves this time or just live up to their name, which is also good enough.

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I think it'll be worth watching, at least once I pop my bleeding eyeballs back in from trying to watch RP, K2H, and EM all at the same time.

But for GY, I'd do a lot...

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Who is going to be playing the teenager whose
spirit enters Gong Yoo ??

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it will be a younger gong yoo!! apparently he has a double role!!...

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The role goes to Shin Won Ho (Bachelor's Vegetable Store) :D

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Really??? That's a relief. Gong Yoo still looks young but not 18-yr-old young. I was worried about that.

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hmm, GY looks like he's lost a lot of weight....doesn't have that healthy glow on him! :/ And, can't believe LMJ's 30 y.o!! what the heckkk....

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I wonder who will be the 18-year-old guy ? I want Lee Hyun Woo or Siwan please !!!!!

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Lee Hyun woo - good shout! He was so adorable in em.

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Ooo! I agreed with you too! I think that'd be great if Lee Hyun Woo will act like 18 yrs old guy!! (I really enjoy watching this drama between Siwan and Lee Hyun Woo, hehe.)

I will be loooooking forward to this drama, whoo! :D

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The role goes to Shin Won Ho (Bachelor’s Vegetable Store) :D

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As a latecomer to Korean drama, I'm still catching up on old stuff—which means I haven't gone more than a month without having a new Gong Yoo drama to watch. How did you all survive during the long, cold years without him after Coffee Prince? ::sniffles:: It's too horrible to contemplate.

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omg Llamaesque it has been unBEARABLE!! I WAITED 3+YRS!!! (T^T)

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It had been a long wait. :(

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yes, in a way, thank goodness i jsut discovered k dramas and my second was coffee prince more than a month ago, so my wait hasnt been too long. am sooooo looking forward to this. cant say i love this hairdo though - but i love him soooo much :)

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I just finished the CP novel on Sunday, n all the time I have the image of Gong Yoo in my mind portraying the character of Choi Han Gyul....and now, this
Gomawo, JB

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momos

does the series follow the book closely? do the various characters in the series exist in the book too or did the writers in the series add to them? and the book you read a translated version?

thanks in advance

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Waiting on pins and needles for this, GONG YOO........

Someone commented that the 18 yr old will be played also by Gong Yoo, is that true?
That would maybe explain the haircut to look younger??
Although I'm not comfortable with this but I trust my Hong Sisters to know what they're doing.
They have been working on that drama since BL ended, so it must have lots of thought poured into it.

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Just realized we might have a Dokko Jin and Ae Jung cameo in there...
This is wayyyyyy toooooooooooooo excitingggggggggggg

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*gasp* Please let there be a Dokko Jin cameo!

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I would love to see it! Gong Yoo and Cha Seung Won acting in the same comedy drama together!

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I was just going to ask that! I really HOPE there'll be! And maybe a Shin Min Ha-Lee Seung Gi cameo!?! Oh, that would be too much.

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The 18 yr old guy will be played by Shin Won Ho (Bachelor’s Vegetable Store) :))

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Thanks JB for the update.

In answer to your question: 'Me, me! So ready for Gong Yoo! on the small screen again' :)

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Not necessarily a fan of suzy (don't dislike her either...just meh) but ill be tuning in out of my love for gong yoo!

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LMJ look so pretty here!

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I'm ready for gong yoo! Hey, isn't min jung's character just like her character in 'Smile, you' ? Lol. But anyways, since this is the hong sisters, this is going to be something. I enjoy their little jokes they have in them. ;P

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O_o OH MY GOD!!!!!

Is Suzy the one sitting in between Choi Ran and Ahn Seok-hwan, the one in a blue sweater and a short bob??????????

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Wae? I think its her.

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I don't know, I can't see clearly either but I don't think it's her.

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Oh Gong Yoo my love!!!

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thanks jb,

Is the director the specky or the man sitting at the head of the table ? most probably the specky !.

If gong yoo is also suppose to be 18 years old then it is not realistic enough to take a thirty something year old man to be a teenager ! director do you need another specky ?.

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Shin Won Ho got casted also. So, there's a chance that he will play the 18 year old guy.

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I know I'm ready for Gong Yoo's comeback! WOOT WOOT!

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Awww, how adorable is Gong Yoo! That smile is just too dang cute! I'm so excited for this one. Can't wait!!

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I'mmmmm~ reaaaaaaaaaadyyyyyyy!

Perfect summer drama!

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I just can't get enough of this kid or just missing yoon eun hye. And bdw, jun ji hyun is unparalleled but i see jjh in this girl. She's got the x factor.

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Me, me! I'm ready! I've been ready since he was released from the army. Ok, he was in movies (I saw one) but this is 16 hours of Gong Yoo!
I dont love the hair, but he looks good anyway.

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It's sue ji. I saw her on a variety show with eric and i swear, they freakin look good together. He can pass for a samchon but i saw sparks. Consider me jealous. Having seen that, i can already imagine how the suzy-gongyoo will turn out.

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It's sue ji with the blue coat. I saw her on a variety show with eric and i swear, they freakin look good together. He can pass for a samchon but i saw sparks. Consider me jealous. Having seen that, i can already imagine how the suzy-gongyoo will turn out.

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we have the same hair!! but he looks better in it, dang. waiting for this!!! i miss him sooo.

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"Who’s ready for Gong Yoo’s comeback?"
~ummm... *raises two hands, running towards drama poster
I just recently received my Coffee Prince DVD after the fact that I have streamed it way too many times. Of course im rewatching *again* amd Have fallen in love with GY every single time.
I only watched Best Love out of all the Hong sister's dramas... Is it too much also to ask for a Pil-joo cameo instead? Although Dokko Jin's would be a hoot too!

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I vote for this cameo. I vote for it hard.

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Thank God its an 18 year old! That gets rid of the creepy factor. Well for me anyways.

Gong Yoo so glad your back! I hope they have Gong Hyo Jin do a cameo just so I can see these two back on the same screen together.

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So excited! This is gonna be great, I love the two leads :)

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Running off to have a Coffee Prince fix now...

Can't wait.

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eh, the story sounds like and old drama... what is it.. 18vs29 or something?

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Yay still sexy as ever and so ready to laugh. OMG I cannot wait to get Gong Yoo back on my scream.The drama gods are listening to me and making my dreams come true.I can see livestreaming lag will not be stopping anytime soon on any sites especially because of all the long overdue comebacks.

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EEEEEEEEK! I'm SO excited about this show....Gong Yoo and the Hong Sisters.

Imma be REALLY bummed if it's not good, I've been waiting for my Gong Yoo to come back for SOOOOO long.

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Whoooooooot!!! So glad to hear about this!!

BANZAI!!!

BANZAAAIII!!! \^o^/

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I can't wait for this pair!
I hope they have great chemistry!

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I love that they are doing yet another "Freaky Friday" sort of. This weekend, I realized why it is so easy to forgive the similarities.

Did you ever finish reading a book, or watching a movie or drama, and *sigh*, and say to yourself, "Oh, I wish I could wipe my memory, and read this again as if it were the first time!" The characters and the story were so wonderful, I just want to revisit over and over, but feel the thrill of newness each time?

I realized that is why we LOVE these dramas. We get to experience the same story, or similar, over and over, each time it is fresh. They introduce us to different, but similar, characters living in different, but similar situations.
We get to experience the the first diss, first near miss, and finally, the first kiss.
And towards the end, when she is down and out, and cannot go on anymore, we know if she would just turnaround, she would see him there, ready to give her his heart forever.
...and then, she does.

We were talking about this on the OT. How P&P may have been the first, but subsequent copies are as compelling, as heart-breaking, as heart burstingly good. We can love all versions of body swapping, love triangle, evil step-sister, imperfect hero gets better and finally deserves the girl story.

Some are better than other because of the acting, dialog, cinematography, music, etc, but we can and do love imperfect versions, too.

And I love that JB and GF have the same wide-eyed, open-hearted adoration for the GOOD parts that we do, no matter how many times we all have gotten burned and wanna chuck the laptop out with the Spy Myung Wol.

Ah! Fantasy for the win!

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I was just thinking the other day about why I love kdramas. And when I run down my list of watched-shows some character types and scenarios occur over and over again, but I still love it. You hit it on the nail with your “Oh, I wish I could wipe my memory, and read this again as if it were the first time!” theory. It's a keen pleasure to watch "magic" happen on screen whether it be romance, bromance, hilarious dialogue, or gut-renching sorrow. Many shows aren't super special like Coffee Prince or High Kick 3 are, but amazingly many kdramas have a touch of it.

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I am beyond ready for Gong Yoo! Bring it on, Baby!!! Rawwwrrrr!

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I cant wait for this drama to be out!!!!!!!! love the cast!

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OMG finally I'm so excited for this drama!!!!!

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Ready for Lee Min Jung and Gong Yoo! :D

About the plot: does Gong Yoo's character go into an 18-years old body? Cuz I only read about the other way around...

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Yeah, the 18 year old go into a 30 year old and the 30 year old go into a 18 year old, I think. Body swapping !!!

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Looking forward to this drama! Want it to be June already!

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ohhh ....yay!!! can't wait for me amore Gong Yoo!!

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Gong Yoo,my fav is so coming back.Will make sure I don't miss this.

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Long awaited Gong Yoo comeback to dramaland...definitely looking forward to this :))

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i am so excited for it,can't wait june comimg

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i love the Hong Sisters! i love Lee Min Jung!! i love the pairing of Choi Ran and Ahn Seok-hwan!!! so excited! *squeeeeeeee*

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Yay~! Another Hong sisters' drama to love on~!!!

Am actually excited for Gong Yoo, Lee Min-jeong, & Suzy...and what's with Choi Ran & Ahn Seok-hwan reunited again??? XD

(though they're usually paired up as a romantic yet also funny couple, "Hong Gil-dong" didn't necessarily pair them up together...d/t being a fusion sageuk and sageuks meaning power play and rival factions, ASH's "The seat of all power~!!!" or something similar and CR being Jang Geun-seok's main sang-goong...)

So the plot is "Secret Garden without the potion, thunderstorm, 'Smeeeeeeeell~!',& cheesy pull-ups & foam kiss" doesn't meet "17 Again" yet is somehow "49 Days without the Scheduler, 'Kang-ahhhhhh~!', jerk-assed fiance and false-yet-redeemed friend, and the 3 tears requirement", is that it???

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sooooooooo ready for GY!

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