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Lee Jin-wook cast as I Need Romance 2’s hero

The sequel to tvN’s popular thirtysomething-career-ladies-navigate-love-sex-and-work drama I Need Romance has landed a leading man, and it’s Lee Jin-wook (Myung-wol the Spy).

It’s the year of the macho man, and I’m fully onboard that train. (Seriously, it’s the latest *thing* — we had the flower boy, the beast man, the flower boy again (those’ll never go out of style, really), and now the soonjung macho hero. Which is to say: the macho, macho man with the pure heart underneath the layers of hard muscle (rawr).)

Lee Jin-wook tends to be hit or miss for me, depending on the drama (he’s done a bunch of lackluster ones), but I generally like him and his contradictory traits of boyish bashfulness and growly, glowerly fierceness. He hasn’t really had his definitive role yet, so maybe this’ll do it for him — he plays a screenwriter who’s caught between loving and trying to get over a longtime girlfriend. Sounds similar to the longtime relationship setup of the original’s leads; I wonder how they’ll maintain the mark of the franchise while making Season 2 a drama of its own with a fresh new cast.

The show has yet to secure its heroine, but with casting under way I expect we’ll be hearing more shortly. I Need Romance 2 will be a Wednesday-Thursday drama following Queen In-hyun’s Man, and aims for a June broadcast.

Via Joy News

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OH SWEET JESUS YES.

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[snerk]

Tell us how you REALLY feel, Canxi!
LOL
:)

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Too many feels to tell Cynthia! TOO. MANY. FEELS.

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Should we understand that this man is MINED and not on the market anymore?

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Yes.

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FINALLY!!! MY COMRADE RYU !!! Cannot wait for this drama ... Lee Jin Wook is simply AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!

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I loved Ryu!
I'll watch at least the first ep.

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Love the dude, love the franchise. Miss Heroine, please be someone I'll love too. *crossing fingers*

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Yay. I'm currently enjoying tvN's Twelve Men in a Year, and really had fun watching I Need Romance (S1), so can't wait to check out Season 2. Macho macho man is fine, as long as it's not along the lines of Fabio. Seriously, let's leave Fabio to the 80s-90s Romance Novels. XP Hahahaha.

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Where o where, are you watching 12 Men in a Year, Ani?

And Lee Jin Wook! Yay!

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On hulu. I was kind of shocked when I found it. It goes by the title: Twelve Signs of Love. Heh.

Linky: http://www.hulu.com/watch/341513/twelve-signs-of-love-episode-1#s-p2-so-i0

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Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat. My life is saved!

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HULU! I've been looking everywhere for this!

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Aww, Hulu's only available in the US. Sadness.

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U can watch it at http://www.dramacrazy.net or mysoju.com. It is subbed up to ep 09

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Thank you! You saved several lives today!

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@nzltt Thanks so much! I've been dying to catch this show but can't find it any where in my part of the world =)

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Kimchidrama is posting the drama too. Sadly, it's up to episode 8...

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You can watch it on dramacrazy.net if you cant access hulu

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The real man is back !! i miss him from " The Myung Wol Spy " days - looking forward to love it .

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Yes, a bit of macho man once in a while is not bad. Cold stare, hot bod and sweet heart. Love that recipe and will wait patiently for that sequel. Just don't give us the same ending please. Thank you writer.

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Anything but a repeat of that ridiculous ending! I'm still bitter! :)

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*sigh* He totally won my heart in Myung-wol. Towards the end he was really the only reason I kept watching.
Hooray for a new project for him! Let the manly man takeover of dramaland begin!

I also echo Ani's sentiments, no Fabio's please. They belong on the covers of dirty romance novels and "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" commercials, and that's it.

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I enjoyed his good looks in "Alone in Love".

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I agree. Also, on "Someday" opposite Bae Doo-na. I actually shipped them and Choi Ji-woo, and was sad when they broke up. :(

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AAnd don't forget, his drama with Chae Rim, Rivals, oh, he's so hot!

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Oh yes, he's a man there!

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Yes, indeed. Oak Man with Hard Bark and Soft Mush.

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Bit off topic, but did Lee Jin-wook ever appear in FO? He looks like one of the guests in FO who was a complete dork. I can't remember the episode now. If he is, then I will be looking forward to seeming him in this drama. :)

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Yeah he did..he was the dude who managed to frustrate the daylight out of Yoo Jae Suk. Hahaha!

He even did a little romancing with Park Ye Jin(So.Very.Cute)..speaking of whom, hope Park signs up for this project. It's ben awhile since we've seen her on the small screen.

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Hahahaha I remember that!

Ahh.. you spoke my mind. I would love to see Ye Jin in this drama. I miss our sweet and savage lady.

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ummm, as long as she has good hair (nothing helmet-y), i'm totally fine with her..

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First Ji Jin-hee and now Lee Jin-wook? Will my heart be able to take it?

Yay for manly men!!!!!!!

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How about bringing back the heroine? She deserves a better man!

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Choi Ji Woo? jk that's just awkward. It's about time he becomes a real lead.

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Is that a long scar on his arm?

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More like a skin indentation caused by something being too tight,lol. Like when you have rubber band on for an extended period of time and then take it off.

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This season is about the boys, right? Looking forward to it!!

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Would be awesome if they had a trio of hot guy friends this season! Bromance all around!

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Like Kim Eun-seok's upcoming ajusshis-in-the-city drama?

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Lee Jin-wook was in Air City and was very cute.
He got to have a wider range of emotions than in SMW.
and IRL, he got the girl.

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Men. I love you so.

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Men in general?

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My preferences lean more towards the oaky, the towelly and the yellow-haired. Throw in a violin and I'm a goner.

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I lean more towards the stalker restauranteur types named after rivers.

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You love McDonald Nile, too?

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In general, yes, I like men as a group. Vive la difference, essentially!

Specifically, I like them tall, a bit square-jawed, with a gruff exterior and a marshmellow-peep for a heart. Dark hair and eyes, generally.

And, as the Koreans like to say ' a strong waist'

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Well, hello....
*leans on doorframe*

:D

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LOL!

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I like your style...LOl!

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You made me giggle

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I found his smirking character annoying and kind of pushy in AiL, but I looooved him in Someday. Nice to see him getting another lead role.

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Sounds goooood. According to the franchise he needs not only a set of girlfirends (an ex- and a possible replacement) but also a bunch of bffs. Now my imagination is running wild. So many names crossing my mind. Waiting for more information :)

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what dramas were around during the beast man trend?

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I'm hoping Yoon Kye Sang and Lee Jung Min joins the cast!

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Oh goodness, can i bring hiim home?

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The beast man?...hahaha. What dramas/leading men were those?

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Chuno. Yacha. IRIS. Yoo Ah-in in Sungkyunkwan. Dream, maybe (with all the hard-bodied boxers). Basically anything where the men are badass and/or glistening with musculature, instead of wispy and metrosexual.

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In love with him ever since Spy Myung-wol! Ryu!!!

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Have loved LJW in all of his roles, but my most favs are in Powerful Opponents an Someday. Looking forward to seeing him in this drama...

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Yes, he needs two very cute BFFs. Maybe Shim Ji-Ho (Color of Woman), Lee Tae Sung (Playful Kiss and he's in Rooftop Prince now but maybe he could make it work?), or Choi Cheol-ho (from Queen of Housewives, The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry), or Jung Suk Won (Dr. Champ-the really cute judo bromance wrestler)....Too much handsomeness for one group of friends?

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comrade indeed! is it june already?!

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Dude, he's going to be one hot ahjussi when the time comes.

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Never watched the first season mainly because I heard about the ending. If this goes differently than I might watch.

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Oh no no no! Please do watch it Noelle. I wasn't upset about the ending. After spending so much time with that character I feel like that was the best choice for her with all her feelings she still had (also I may be the only one who thought the guy wasn't so bad. A dumbass, yes, but not so bad LOL). Don't let those last 10 minutes stare you away from something awesome! It really is enjoyable!

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He came across as rather wooden in his earlier roles like "Smile Again". But then he did "Myung Wol' and turned woody, like an oak tree, unflinching and impenetrable, and won my heart. Maybe we can pretend this is a sequel to his Ryu role: ex spy undergoes reconstructive plastic surgery to treat burn scars but saves one last scar as a memento of his spy days - a rubberbandlike scar around his arm, sustained when he dashed his entire arm through the windscreen of the careening car to block a tree from toppling onto the front passenger seat and Myung Wol, the love of his life. Perhaps they should change the title to "I Need Ryumance"?

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ohmygod. All the awards to you. Laughed so much!

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That's his charm!! being all dorky, woody and yet intense!! Oh I can't stop smiling! Hello Lee Jin Wook!

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Ahhh! Love Lee Jin Wook, always been one of my faves, can't wait for this next drama since Spy Myung-wol was so dissappointing.

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HELL YES!! He is sexy!! *Fingers crossed for lots and I mean LOTS of him being topless scenes*

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this is great news! I was so worried that he will be submerge after the whole Spy Myungwol fiasco.

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soonjung macho is definitely a drama trend i can get behind, much more so than kkotminams, anyway, hehe. korean dramas are so funny; aiming for a june broadcast but the cast is still incomplete... this is why drama actors are overworked. sigh.

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Wasn't super crazy about I Need Romance so I hope this turns out to be better.

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omg!!.. jin wook oppa is back!.. miss him so much after spy myungwol... huhuu.. can't wait to watch it.. is it air on june?.. lol can't wait.. hmmm... i never watch this drama before.. but i will definitely watch it because of him.. hehee... ^^

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Moar ABs Please... That's it really. Yes. I am that shallow.

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im totlly not interested

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i want to meet you lee jin wook.

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