This drama sure seems to be taking its time casting, isn’t it? At least now we’ve got a new name in the mix for melodrama series I Miss You, with Chun Jung-myung up for a leading role—although casting is, as always, not yet decided. According to his people, Chun has received the offer and is currently considering it; he reportedly likes the project so “there is a good chance” he will take it.
The show initially announced that it was courting Yoochun as its leading man a little while back, but all this while we haven’t had any confirmation. Just a series of “He’s still considering” statements from his side. Don’t worry, though, Chun’s not replacing him—he’d be joining him, if Yoochun does end up taking the role. (Who else thinks they’d make great brothers, purely based on looks? They’ve both got a serious mein that totally melts away when they smile, and I could see Yoochun being a cute younger bro.)
The show also courted Sohn Ye-jin, but she has already declined the role and the female lead remains uncast. Currently the only people who are fixed are youngsters Yeo Jin-gu and Kim So-hyun (in a Moon/Sun reunion), who should be great playing the younger counterparts to the main two. They’ll be each other’s first loves, experience some sort of pain/trauma/separation, then grow up bearing the scars of that heartache. The love story is described as a “hide and seek” of missed opportunities, which could be really sweet. But also angsty. Really, really angsty.
If both men sign on, I find it interesting that Chun Jung-myung is up to play the opposition. Not that it’s strange he’d play a bad guy, but I wouldn’t have thought he’d take anything but main hero roles at this stage in his career. I suppose the second lead may be as prominent as the hero, as in shows like Equator Man. But still, it feels odd to me.
Up until a year ago, I’d have put my bettin’ money that Chun would be more hero material than Yoochun, but Yoochun’s experienced a rapid rise to top stardom (as an actor, I mean; he already had it as an idol), so I suppose this makes sense. To be honest I prefer it this way, ’cause it’s sadly been ages since I’ve loved Chun in a drama (What’s Up Fox, six years ago); after Cinderella’s Sister and Man of Honor, my love is flagging. Whereas Yoochun was hilarious and adorable in Rooftop Prince, in a nicely refreshing way.
Chun’s (potential) character is set up as a rival to Yoochun from the start—from before the start, even, if you consider that the antagonism dates back to their parents’ generation. So, like Hate Rain then?
I Miss You comes from the writer of Can You Hear My Heart and Thank You, and will be taking over the Wednesday-Thursday timeslot from Arang and the Magistrate come November.
- Moon/Sun’s child stars reunite in new drama
- Yoochun considers new drama project
- Rooftop Prince: Episode 1
- Man of Honor’s production press conference
- The boys slug it out in Man of Honor
- Chun Jung-myung goes solo with new company
- Tough guy Chun Jung-myung races toward freedom
- Cinderella’s Sister: Episode 1