Drama Casting & News
Lee Jin-wook cast as I Need Romance 2’s hero
by | April 2, 2012 | 77 Comments

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


77 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. canxi


    • 1.1 Cynthia


      Tell us how you REALLY feel, Canxi!

      • 1.1.1 canxi

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

        • Mystisith

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

          • canxi


  2. carla

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

    • 2.1 Elina

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

  3. dramafever

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

  4. Ani

    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.

    • 4.1 gailT

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

      And Lee Jin Wook! Yay!

      • 4.1.1 Ani

        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

        • canxi

          Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat. My life is saved!

          • ravin

            HULU! I’ve been looking everywhere for this!

          • Laica

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

          • nzltt

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

        • gailT

          Thank you! You saved several lives today!

          • NN

            @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 =)

      • 4.1.2 gabilu

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

    • 4.2 wonbinlover

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

  5. babyfat

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

  6. Mystisith

    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.

    • 6.1 trixicopper

      Anything but a repeat of that ridiculous ending! I’m still bitter! 🙂

  7. FunnyBunny

    *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.

  8. birdscout

    I enjoyed his good looks in “Alone in Love”.

    • 8.1 gailT

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

      • 8.1.1 Alison

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

        • momosa

          Oh yes, he’s a man there!

          • YY

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

  9. Sonia

    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. 🙂

    • 9.1 dramafever

      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.

      • 9.1.1 Sonia

        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.

        • Boo

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

  10. 10 come2noona

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

    Yay for manly men!!!!!!!

  11. 11 a_fan

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

  12. 12 illia

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

  13. 13 Janet

    Is that a long scar on his arm?

    • 13.1 canxi

      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.

  14. 14 Linda165

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

    • 14.1 Jihwan

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

      • 14.1.1 Laica

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

  15. 15 jomo

    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.

  16. 16 JoAnne

    Men. I love you so.

    • 16.1 Linda165

      Men in general?

      • 16.1.1 YY

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

        • Linda165

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

          • jomo

            You love McDonald Nile, too?

      • 16.1.2 JoAnne

        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’

  17. 17 Bluefyre

    Well, hello….
    *leans on doorframe*


    • 17.1 jomo


    • 17.2 Kaddict4ever

      I like your style…LOl!

    • 17.3 YY

      You made me giggle

  18. 18 Laica

    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.

  19. 19 kopytko

    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 🙂

  20. 20 ~Feather~

    what dramas were around during the beast man trend?

  21. 21 aX

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

  22. 22 outofcontrol

    Oh goodness, can i bring hiim home?

  23. 23 malta

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

    • 23.1 javabeans

      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.

  24. 24 asianromance

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

  25. 25 Leigh

    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…

  26. 26 mihinikki

    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?

  27. 27 Lise

    comrade indeed! is it june already?!

  28. 28 JD

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

  29. 29 Noelle

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

  30. 30 canxi

    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!

  31. 31 YY

    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”?

    • 31.1 canxi

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

    • 31.2 momosa

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

  32. 32 DC

    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.

  33. 33 Jaykah

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

  34. 34 elizabeth

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

  35. 35 adette

    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.

  36. 36 NewKDramaAddict

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

  37. 37 lynn

    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… ^^

  38. 38 sueteller

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

  39. 39 ana

    im totlly not interested

  40. 40 rohil

    i want to meet you lee jin wook.

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