Drama Casting & News
Joo-won signs on to rom-com spy drama
by | September 27, 2012 | 225 Comments

Rejoice! Joo-won’s back! He took all of two seconds off after working himself to the bone in Gaksital, but I’m pretty sure nobody’s gonna complain that he’s signed on to a 20-episode drama, Secret Agent War.

I know what you’re all thinking: He just did that drama! But this one’s a romantic comedy (ah, so his interview was a hint!), and based on the rollicking action-romance movie Level 7 Civil Servant. That film starred Kang Ji-hwan and Kim Haneul as exes who broke up when she was a spy hiding her identity from him. Then they meet years later when he’s become a spy, but they’re part of separate units so they have to keep up their covers in real life. All while juggling their cases and fighting their crackling chemistry, giving us basically one big shenanigan. The movie cracked me up, and I’m ALL SET for it to be a drama.

The drama will retain the basic premise of the movie, with both spies hiding their identities from each other. Joo-won plays our passionate hero Gil Ro, who decided in his youth that he wanted to be a spy after watching a Bond movie. That cracks me up. His father became rich practically overnight, so he grows up in wealth and comfort, with a generous spirit toward others and a chic, refined appearance. Gil Ro gets accepted as a secret agent, but he’s not your usual veteran agent; he thinks and acts like the new generation he belongs to, and he makes mistakes and causes conflict. That sounds similar to Kang Ji-hwan’s character (who was forever making hilarious gaffes on the job, then able to turn around and be awesome, and then gaffe again), but we’re told Gil Ro will be a different character from the original.

Secret Agent War will have the movie’s writer-producer Chun Sung-il onboard as its scriptwriter, who has since also written Chuno and Runaway Plan B. I’m hoping Chun has learned from Runaway’s failures (which also was an action-comedy with secret agents and glib humor) and gives us a bit more heart, a little less superficial gloss. I suppose it’s too much to hope that he’s suddenly learned how to write women characters, but still, I’m gonna hope my heart out that they cast an awesome female lead. Someone badass, who can stand up to Joo-won and hold her own, or maybe kick his butt around a little.

The drama is aiming for a January 2013 premiere. Start your countdown clocks!

Via SBS E!


225 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. ilikemangos

    January 2013. Got it.
    Does this boy ever rest?!
    most actors take long breaks after their projects for the next one.

    • 1.1 ilikemangos

      Guess you strike while the irons hot

    • 1.2 canxi

      Uhm Tae Woong is obviously rubbing off on him. I can imagine that conversation:

      JW: Hyung, what should I do now?
      UTW: Work more! Work more and get a dog!

      • 1.2.1 kakashi


      • 1.2.2 jєѕѕα™ 주원사랑 (@jung_kYro)

        Would UTW scout JW in their dog organization? lol

      • 1.2.3 mary


      • 1.2.4 Kiara

        LOL he needs to stay away from UTW if he wants to get married to a real woman and not a dog.

      • 1.2.5 obivia


      • 1.2.6 am

        …and then you post adorable selcas with your dog on your twitter or sum’n…kill everyone with that manly cuteness…while you keep working your head off.

    • 1.3 hawaiianseoul


    • 1.4 ~Feather~

      This is an awesome birthday present! I can’t wait for january.:)

  2. xiaoSxin

    OH YEAH!!!! Bring it on!!

  3. Byul

    AHHH!!! JOO WON!!!

  4. JIW_sobangnim


    • 4.1 JIW_sobangnim

      GIRL I WANT : Han Hyo Joo 🙂 OR MOON CHAE WON! But will she be free? Moon Geun Yong? OMG


      HA JI WON. Nuff said.

      • 4.1.1 red

        HHJ is my biggest girl crush and Joo Won’s my male kdrama crush so these two together would be awesome!!

        but I’ll be the first to admit HHJ isn’t the best actress, and she sticks to a character type-but she can totally do quirky!, adorkable tom boy is like her personality…would love to see her try this and then I can start my shipping dream OTP

      • 4.1.2 jyyjc

        Eh, I like HJW but I”m afraid she’s going to be typecasted. Or is that too late to say cuz she already is? But yeah it wouldn’t be something new for HJW so I’m not including her in my list of potential female leads for this drama.

      • 4.1.3 canxi

        I kinda want Lee Si Young to do it. She can kick ass for a fact as professional boxer and can be a total babe and is hilarious.

        And I feel like they’d be so cute together.


        ^All decked out in spy attire.

        • red

          OMG that would be perfect!! and Lee Shi Young actually does boxing for real!

        • ran

          another vote from me. I miss LSY gah.

          • canxi

            me tooo!

        • ladyana2j

          totally agree 100%!!! I like LSY acting, she will be perfect!

        • TammieR

          Perfect! That’s who I was thinking too! Please, please, please?!?!?

        • babyfat

          i’m a new big fan of Joo Won – the bridal mask was fantastic !!! and yes you’re right that L Si Young can a badass b/c she’s pro- boxer BUT you have to be well like to have a good hit shows/dramas , and LSY have none of those – poor girl from BBF and then WGM – still can’t get into her .

      • 4.1.4 bishbash

        someone same age, or younger than Joo Won-ie!!

        • Enz

          I want lee Chung ah! Cos I loved her in FBRS 🙂

      • 4.1.5 reeen

        anyone but Ha Ji Won… It’s starting to bother me that in these action roles I no longer see the character she’s playing, but instead I just see the actress, because the roles are so similar… I’d be happy to watch her in another project like Hwang Jin Yi, but please, please, please no more action roles for now.

        • Mystisith

          Agree on that.

        • JoAnne

          Im Ju Won – Hon and Whats Up

          • biankoy

            I like her too. She and that uptight manager in Wild Romance makes the Best. Side. Couple. Ever. at least for me. I hope she comes up with a new project. soon.

    • 4.2 Roxy

      YES! HHJ would be great! But doesn’t she have a movie?… :O

      • 4.2.1 haeunii

        Yup, in Nate it said that she has a detective/surveillance agent movie thats starting to film in October. So maybe she wouldn’t want to do a similar role back to back like that.

        I personally don’t want to see any famous older veteran actress like Ha Ji Won in this…I want a younger, new generation actress. Not a rookie but someone who is still fresh and just got popular within the last one or two years or so. Like Moon Chae Won or Oh Yeon Seo or Kim So Eun or even Jung So Min.

        • 2.34

          I would have liked a younger generation actress too. But Kim So Eun is doing a sageuk and Jung So Min is doing a family drama. Ugh, awful timing yet again!

          I think Moon Chae Won would be great!

      • 4.2.2 tapioca pearl

        Han Hyo-joo, as much as I like her, seems to lack the passion needed in rom-com. Granted, I’ve only seen her in two dramas and those were from her earlier years. But she plays a lot of melodramatic roles even in her movies, so many, that when I read about a new project of hers, I mentally hit the snooze button. I feel like she might just drag down the funny. I’d love to be proven wrong, though, but not in this.

  5. Aquila

    Yay for the new drama!

    I watched the movie and it was hillarious – would love to see Joo-Won’s version of the role!

  6. Hanna

    I like!!!!

  7. R

    Yessssssss !!!!!
    Thanks very much !!!! I am so happy 🙂
    Can’t wait to see joo won again in dramaland !!!!

  8. neonrainbowstarrs

    i rewatched this movie yesterday after a few years, and introduced my anglo friends to korean movies through this one. they loved it.
    IM DEAD.

  9. biankoy

    Wow! it’s really time for Joo-woon to be in a romcom. This premise is already amazing and I also enjoyed the movie level 7 civil servant. although I’m welcome for the changes in the drama, with Joo-woon’s character being a rich kid. I hope he’s like a prissy, spoiled agent, much like Edward Monk, that OCD-ed detective and if the drama gods would be so willing, I hope he’ll have a partner who’s like Han Groo’s character in Girl K. It would be awesome if the girl will be like the butch, with a juvie record and all, and he’ll be like the by the book agent.
    anyway, whatever will be, will be. I’m already anticipating this. Just don’t give the lead to some idol-turned-actress. (yes I’m looking at you girls from SNSD)

    • 9.1 xiaoSxin

      Ahjummas and plastic idols need to stay away from the Casting PD for this drama. And yes I am also looking at the SNSD girls with a stink eye.

      • 9.1.1 milkmustache

        Plastic idols? Really? -_- Half of the SNSD members haven’t even tried acting yet, and you’re already judging their ability? I don’t think it’s wrong that you don’t want anyone from SNSD as the lead female role (because neither do I. I don’t want any idol to be the lead female, even UEE or Eunjung, who are considered “good” actresses), but it’s completely unnecessary to be saying plastic idols.

        • haeunii

          I agree, that was really just uncalled for. Its okay to not want an idol cast (most people do not) but lets stay mature and not get petty.

    • 9.2 mary

      I’m also hoping for Han Groo or someone a bit young-looking and badass.

      Joo Won is so young-looking maybe they can build that into the premise. Like both male and female agents go undercover in a school/uni and think that the other is just a student.

      I don’t know any young-ish female leads who can pull-off badass. Han Chae Ah is already romancing Hyungsital so she’s off the list.

      Also, how funny is it that everyone always jumps in to suggest casting at a time like this? 🙂


      • 9.2.1 mary

        I already suggested it below but suggesting it again, is the slavegirl-turned-swordswoman in METS still free these days?

        Can she act alongside Joo Won? What do you think?

        • D

          good choice but i think she’s currently a Panda at the moment. im not following that drama so no idea if she’d be available..

          i think we’d need someone young-ish (at least age appropriate to JW) and can do badass convincingly..

          • Lemon

            “…she’s currently a Panda at the moment” – LOL, that made me crack up so hard. That’s awesome, because it’s so correct.

            But yes, I’d LOVE Yoon Seung Ah in this role; she’s clearly capable of being cute and charming and then turning on a dime to be totally badass. Panda and Hedgehog will be over by next week, so she might be available. It really depends whether she’d take up another project so soon, plus whether she has enough star power for them to cast her opposite Joo Won.

          • mary

            Aaah… so she’s the girl in that Panda drama. Hahaha

            What about Jung So Min/Playful Kiss girl? Is her sitcom still airing?

            There was a seen in Playful Kiss where she fantasized about beating up the guy and it was crazy hilarious so I think comedy-spy stuff can also work for her.

      • 9.2.2 cutieblue

        Thanks for the link! It was hilarious! According to the laws, though, since my bias isn’t cast as the lead I’ll have to hope for Second Lead Syndrome?
        ~Please, Drama Gods, Noh Min Woo as the baddie, please!!~

        • mary

          I’m going to pray with you because I need Noh Min Woo in hot, smexy, spy suits to erase the images from Full House 2 promos. *shudders*

          • canxi


          • cutieblue

            Too True. Full House 2 seems like a bad train wreck waiting to happen. I wanna support min woo, but watching the promos I just…no. But Noh Min Woo in smexy, spy suits…. Let’s make it happen, people! 🙂

        • Aliya

          omg omg omg I was relatively calm until I read No Min Woo’s name.. and now i’m like ‘DRAMA GOD PLEASE CAST HIM’ lmaoo

    • 9.3 dramacafe

      I’m so with you on that note! To add to that SNSD should totally be banned from casting on ANY dramas!!!

      Please no idols unless said idol can act like Eun Ji (too bad she’s doing the Legally Blonde musical)
      Han Groo would be a perfect choice but then she’s been there done that (though this could be quite different since it’s a rom-com)
      How about that girl in AGD (the one paired with Kim Min Jong’s character) Yoon Jin Yi, I think she’s got spunk. Plus they sort of have that T-store CF together.
      Or yeah Park Min Young will be fine for me also.

      • 9.3.1 cHRi5

        ooppsss!! soRRy..
        i have mark Yoon Jin Yi for Kim Soo Hyun girl’s for his next drama..This girl really have great acting skill..I dream for this pair next year..hope it will be true.
        I hope Joowon got someone else..
        no 1-Sung Yu Ri
        no 2-Lee Si Young
        no 3-Han Hyo Joo
        just this 3 the best option…

      • 9.3.2 haeunii

        I would also love Yoon Ji Yi in this…that said, with idols like Eun Ji, nobody knew she could act until they gave her a chance to prove it.

    • 9.4 jєѕѕα™ 주원사랑 (@jung_kYro)

      I want Park Min Young or Shin Min Ah to be paired with Joo Won. But SMA is still filming Arang so it may be impossible to have her.

      Han Hyo Joo is also good..

      But please, no SNSD. I also don’t think Han Ji Won and Joo Won have a chemistry. It’s better to have a younger actress to be paired with Joo Won because he’s baby-faced. I don’t have anything against HJW though..i loved her character in K2H.

      • 9.4.1 hawjimage

        I love Shin Min Ah! It would be the perfect pair!

  10. 10 DaDa

    OMG I will be praying to the gods that the female lead will not be a dud

  11. 11 Roxy




    *gets my bearings* Okay, maybe MGY for a herione but she’s rumoured for another drama right?

    • 11.1 mary

      Yes. 🙁 She’s rumored to star in Chundamdeong Alice(?) with Park Shi Hoo.

  12. 12 juliesean

    Yea ! My aegyo boy. I hope he uses it on the female lead in the drama. That will be a hoot ! He is ADORKABLE ! Tae Woong can be his handler. Mmm…it will be great if he can be paired up with UEE again.

    Tot Kim Tae Hee was attached to the project. Hope not, she looks older than him although she is gorgeous. I want someone who can match him in looks, age and acting, and not look like his noona.

    • 12.1 mary

      Me too! Not that I hate aging or anything like that.

      Just, I want to see someone new who wouldn’t look a bit awkward with Joo Won. I’m a bit tired of noona romances. 😐

      How about Seol(?) the slavegirl-turned-swordswoman in METS?

  13. 13 redfox

    dont die on us, Koala-Won! Then the 1N2D aegyo will turn into aegy-yawn.

  14. 14 Noelle

    Oh this is the show I thought Daniel Choi would be perfect for. Joo Won though is still a win. I can’t wait to see him in romcom glory!

    • 14.1 rearwindow

      Oh man, Daniel Choi would be PERFECTION. Joo Won’s great, too, but…

    • 14.2 im_eve

      now that you said it…let’s just see joo won’s comedey chops…but i do hope daniel choi gets a nice funny drama next too..i was loving ‘him” WHILE “he was so ji sub” in ghost..if that was possible hehe

  15. 15 Arhazivory


    I loved the movie and now to learn that my aegyo prince is cast……Kyaaaaaaaaaaaah!!

  16. 16 K4Ice4Thu

    Noona fans rejoice!!!!!
    Please for the love of all is holy, let the kdrama gods cast someone who is Joo Won’s age, spunky, can be badass, gorgeous AND CAN.ACT.

    *throws in kdrama random items for offerings*

  17. 17 Ennayra

    Wow, already? Go Joo won. I hope it’s good. I tried to watch Runaway Plan B, but failed. Please let the female character be interesting.

    Can the leading lady be Yoon Eun-hye? I read that she’s rumored to be in that Yoo-chun drama, but please no.

    • 17.1 segacraze

      yeah,i like YEH to be the female lead in this drama…

  18. 18 Pitch

    Yessssssssssss, get it bb. The movie was adorable and hilarious! But damn, he works a lot.

  19. 19 Katherine

    I would’ve loved it if Kim So Eun had done this project *la sigh*, can’t think of anyone else at the top of my head but I’m sure after hearing this news that whoever gets given this script will say yes without a second thought cause lets face it Joo-won at the moment is one of the best leads in the industry right now, who wouldn’t want to star in a drama opposite him.

    • 19.1 Katherine

      Sudden thought – wouldn’t be surprised if Park Min Young or Park Shin Hye end up with the role.

      • 19.1.1 crazedlu

        Not Park Minyoung. Not Park Minyoung. NOT PARK MINYOUNG!

        Her portrayal of the female lead will be nothing but incompetence.

        Please noooooo.

        • cHRi5

          PMY was so bad in CH..i hate her..
          i prefer Sung Yu Ri or Han Hyo Joo..hehehe

        • GaksitalPyong

          LOLLLLLL I totally agree. Even my undying affection for Joo Won would not make me watch the drama if Park Min Young is cast. I prefer Moon Chae Won, yet she’s currently filming Nice Guy. Shin Se Kyung and Lee Shi Young are excellent fits.

        • Mystisith

          Agree with everyone here: PMY can show only 2 emotions: Tears or blank face. It’s like she lacks some muscles under that perfect skin, like a robot. Bleeeeh.

        • biankoy

          I’ll have to echo this. Not Park Minyoung. Not Park Minyoung. NOT PARK MINYOUNG!!! the only time I ever watched her was in SKKS, because there were three guys who I couldn’t resist. Not even my love for Lee Min-hot and Chun Jung Myung made me even take a glimpse of her again. Please Dramagods. NOOOOOOOO

      • 19.1.2 yammy

        I think park shin hye would be pretty awesome. I know she can kick butt. She also the emotional capacities. 😀

      • 19.1.3 Katherine

        Another two names that I wouldn’t mind in the lead role would be Shin Se Kyung & Lee Min Jung – both these girls need a good drama comeback LOL.

        • SD

          I’ve thought of Shin Se Kyung as well. I haven’t seen her in a rom-com, but I’m sure she can do badass plus she’s within Joo Won’s age range.

    • 19.2 Roxy

      Oooohh good thinking, Kim So Eun would be awesome.

    • 19.3 Mystisith

      Why not Yoon Jin Yi? She’s a newbie and she’s young but she was excellent in A Gentleman’s Dignity. And she kind of started spying in it. 🙂

      • 19.3.1 Katherine

        OOOOHHHH – I hadn’t thought of her & although I wanted to punch her character in the face cause all she did was cry BUT I still liked her though.

      • 19.3.2 mary

        I remembered her too but the character was so hard to love that I don’t want to see Baby Fox getting Joo Won.

  20. 20 crazedlu

    Omgah omgah omgahhhhh. Please cast a female lead who matches the character and Joo Won.

    I don’t want to be known as the resident noona dogger–I’m plenty noona compared to some of these K-drama pretty boys–but I reeeeally want someone around his age to star opposite him.

    Strange casting choices, but I love these actresses so I vote for: Park Boyoung, Park Shinhye, Kim Soeun, Baek Jinhee. I know Kim Soeun has a drama coming up, so I’m vouching for my other three. I’m not looking for the female lead to be butt kicking cool–there are only two of those in K-drama: Kim Soyeon and Ha Jiwon, and I’m tired of seeing them in these roles, plus, they’re ten years older–so I just want them to cast someone around Joo Won’s age who can act well.

    Pleeeease cast welllll.~

    • 20.1 red

      omg park bo young!!! that would be so awesome!! plus they worked together on a movie

      and yes I know!… ha ji won is kickass…but really not again.

  21. 21 thom

    WOW WOW WOW JOOWON’ IN NEW DRAMA (romantic action comedy) . rooting for JW as “Gil Ro character with good script one.
    thank JB for the news, could somone knew about female lead.

  22. 22 WickedBiccie


    I’m sitting in the Teacher’s Room with the school Cook right beside me and I’m vibrating like Dr. Bannerman trying to contain the Hulk.

    For the love of God woman contain yourself!!!!


  23. 23 guess

    Praying that the female lead wont be a decade older!

  24. 24 luvyluna

    Joo-woon-ah.. Hwaitinggg!! Take care of your health 😉

  25. 25 maria

    JOO WOOOONIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😛 😛 😛 😛

  26. 26 avarachika

    Wha!!!! I love that movie! 🙂 Can’t wait to see how the drama is gonna turn out to be plus joo won is in there. The female lead better be awesome or it’s gonna be a disappointment, but I can’t think of who to starr as his lead.

  27. 27 ck1Oz

    LOL. The squeals here.
    I would love Ha Ji Won but that would by typecasting.
    Or… let me see who is free and bad ass? Do we have a long, lean and fit female actress around?
    Not someone cute and petite. Some fit and tall-ish?With muscles.

    • 27.1 sea

      kang sora…hehe

      • 27.1.1 ck1Oz

        Oh wow. Kang Sora has a voluptous figure.
        Oh man… our poor baby. She would eat him up 🙂

        • sea

          well..I AM biased >>>>Cast my bias LOL
          But seriously they would go with a high profile actress to attract some buzz even if she is not fit for the role T__T

    • 27.2 Enz

      Lee Chung ah !?

      • 27.2.1 ck1Oz

        Isn’t she like too young and cute looking. Are there muscles?

        • Enz

          She looked tall in FBRS and she had killer legs.. I think she has good comedic timing too. But I noticed that most love the guys in FBRS but not many loved her as much there.

          She doesn’t look too young for sure

    • 27.3 Alyyy

      How about Min Hyo Rin? 😀

      • 27.3.1 jyyjc

        Love her!

  28. 28 Muuta

    Ah??? Another one? And I just finished watching Gaksital last night!

    Well, not complaining. Hopefully Joo Won gets enough rest before starting this. Hm. So the writer that did Chuno and Runaway Plan B is in? Guess we can expect lots of action! 🙂 I may pop in now and again for the action. Not sure if I want to give this a go.

    Any idea which broadcasting station will be airing this?

  29. 29 mrs kimchee

    Song Yu Ri is my first choice..she hasn’t done anything like this role so that would be a change 🙂

    Han Go Eun, I love her since Capital Scandal

    Soo Ae 🙂

    Kim Min Jung ^ ^

    Please do not cast any female idol..

    • 29.1 mrs kimchee

      and Han Ye Seul…. ♥

  30. 30 canxi

    YAY! Joo Won will be so good in this.

    For female lead I’d really love Lee Si Young (for reasons I stated way above) or maybe, Jung So Min since she said she wanted to play a gangster character one day and I felt like she was kind of wasted in Standby. Spy…gangster…I mean…close enough. She’d probably be good at it,though.

    You could always get Yoon Eun Hye too. Cast that girl in something before the world forgets she exists…

    • 30.1 dramacafe

      OMG! Yes! I almost forgot Lee Si Young would be so suited here! She’s got the comedic timing plus she’s fit! She’s been a bodyguard before and I loved her in that despite the crazy hair.

      • 30.1.1 Lilly

        This sounds good, yes. She was very funny.

      • 30.1.2 canxi

        Yeaaah! Glad I am not the only one who sees it! She would be great. Not to mention she does her own stunts! Gah, I wish I could send letters to casting directors…

    • 30.2 Ace

      Yay! Someone thought of Jung So-min too! But not YEH, pls. 😉

      • 30.2.1 canxi

        Hahaha! I just haven’t seen her in a while is all. I’ve no idead what she is up to o.O

    • 30.3 tapioca pearl

      Lee Si-young would be nice. Get rid of the Wild Romance stink. She was totally wasted in that drama.

      • 30.3.1 canxi

        Really? I totally enjoyed Wild Romance mainly because of her (& LDW). I feel like if it was anyone else, I would have been extremely annoyed.

        • AnotherFan

          Absolutely agree about all the WR bits..

  31. 31 Vanessa

    AHHH super excited!! 🙂 <3

  32. 32 Amberscube

    More squeals … Im excited for this. Love love the movie.

  33. 33 Ace

    Yay! Good for him. I’d like to see him in a rom-com and the movie was hilarious so hopefully this would be a tightly plotted drama. I’d hate for it to have many fillers like so many others (why not 16 episodes?).

    Anyway, love the suggested leading ladies above like: Kim So Eun, Lee Shi Young, Kim Min jung, and Han Ye Seul. But who I’d really like to see in a rom-com is Jung So Min. I think she could take on Kim Haneul’s role. I would really love to see a different side of her in a drama like this. 😉

    • 33.1 Lia

      It’s so unfortunate Jung So Min is doing a drama for a cable channel already. She could have probably knocked it out of the park. Not to mention she looks like she would have great chemistry with Joo Won.

  34. 34 Musings

    Joowonieeeeeee <3 you did good. This is (it better be) a HOOT!

  35. 35 bacca

    I want someone tall (or at least not a tiny china doll). And not 32 or something. Please God, that’s all I ask.

    Though if I could pick my dream girl, it’d be HHJ. Too bad the girl is ignoring dramas these days. Please come back for Joo Won?

    • 35.1 pinkinblue

      she’s tall! plus totally pretty!
      i think they will be a purrrrrfect match!

      • 35.1.1 Mocha

        Lee Yeon Hee?!?!?! OH HELL NAW U CRAZY. That would be the worst choice ever. She cant act and looks awkward and she already messed up badly as leading lady. she cant lead for s–t.

        • jyyjc

          Agreed. She has not improved in her acting in all the years I’ve watched her and she’s got this really energy-sucking presence sometimes. Sorry Lee yeonhee.

      • 35.1.2 Lia

        Lee Yeon Hee is gorgeous. But gorgeous won’t get you anywhere if you can’t act.

  36. 36 jyyjc

    I picture the female lead to be someone not too much younger than joo won, not too much older, can be same age, tall-ish,not small/petite/short. As for the badass appeal, that’s what good acting is for.

    Here’s my list:

    Park Hasun, I love her commitment to her work, she would do great. Seeing her play a badass would be something new and interesting.

    Yoon soyi. Idk I just like her ok? I want to her to pick a good project since doing color of woman. That is, I hope this drama will turn out good.

    Park minyoung, she seems like she would suit this role.

    Moon chaewon, but she’s doing nice guy T__T. Wait but will NG end in time for this drama? Even if it does she probably won’t immediately jump to another project.

    • 36.1 GaksitalPyong

      I want Moon Chae Won tooooooooooo! I know even though Nice Guy will probably end by then, she’ll probably not jump into another production immediately. Uhm Tae Woon and Joo Won are not sane.

  37. 37 Suzume

    First time heard the news, somehow I hoped UEE drops her role in Jeon Woo Chi, and gets paired with Joo Won this time. They are perfect couple :”> But its obviously a “CAN NOT”

    So… can I suggest Ham Eun Jung for the female lead ^^

    Though she is an idol actress, I think she can do well with every role she is given. Too bad that she was kicked out of Five Fingers.

    It would be beyond awesome if Ham Eun Jung really take the female lead role and pairs up with Joo Won. You know, like coincident, Joo Won’s partner in BM was Jin Se Yeon, this lady took the role of Eun Jung in FF after she was out, now if Eun Jung and Joo Won together… wow… soooooo great!!!

    At least I can hope 🙂

    • 37.1 belle

      I agree! Casting Eunjung in this project as the female would be brilliant. She totally pulled off the badass character in their Lovey Dove MV. I’m perfectly aware that the acting involved in an MV is not in the same league as the one in dramas, yet I believe in Eunjung’s talent. She deserves to be given a break to make up for being kicked out of Five Fingers.

      • 37.1.1 gala

        Oh please no! She’s still a bit lacking, IMHO. I don’t want an idol actress for this, sorry to say. The only idol actress acceptable (for me, heh I sound arrogant) is UEE, but she’s already doing jeonwoochi.

        And tbh, the female actress should be someone with really great comedic chops but can pull off badass… And quite well-loved. Song ji hyo? Hmm…

        • mojaslatka

          I also would like Eunjung to be the lead role opposite Joowon.

          Joowon said he wants to do rom com next . Eunjung wants to costar with Joowon( Eunjung revealed in her twitter)
          He also said he wants to pair with twenty-ish or around his age .Now Eunjung is around same age as Joowon.

          As for her capability, I believe she can pull this off.I watched Haneul in the movie with Kang Jiwan and I believe Eunjung can do it.

          She has comedic chops- watch Coffee House and SNL where she hosted

          She can be bad ass- watch Day by Day and Sexy Love MVs and Dream high

          She’s got great Aegyo. She can be really girly too.

          Actually, I read somewhere that there is a rumor that they are considering her for the role. I hope this will come true.

          This will make up(partly of what she lost from all the drama that has been happening with her and T ara.

        • b1

          id definitely love if song jo hyo would be cast here..

          she’s a noona okay ,, but she looks young and she really is an awesome actress that could sure pull off the pretty and the funny and can kick ass . hard.

    • 37.2 mary

      Waah, you’re right!

      Eunjung was able to pull off both sides of the bitchy diva and vulnerable girl coin. She might be up for some spy-com role. 😀

      • 37.2.1 eny

        i guess so,she can do it, I don’t like the other idol singer for this role

  38. 38 Enz

    Yayyyy.. Been wanting him to do a rom com.. I didn’t watch gaksital cos of lack of interest in almost all things war, historical political. Only get to to see him in 2d 1n. So am rejoicing this 🙂

  39. 39 D

    No to Park Min Young and Kim Tae Hee.

    I love Ha Ji Won and Kim Seyeon, but both looksssss too noona for my baby. Hiks.

    I would like to see Park Ha Sun with Joo Won. PLEASE drama!

  40. 40 missmanderley

    Ohh they better not cast Yoona or any of the idol actresses in SNSD, it would just ruin it.

    They need someone who can do cute, sexy, and badass at the same time.

    Lee Shiyoung would be great but isn’t she older?

  41. 41 Yuhotarubi

    OPPA !!!!!!!!! I’m glad you’re taking the lead role in a romance-comedy, but can’t you take a rest first????? you’re still very exhausted after Gaksital, we don’t want you to get sick or hurt, but I’ll wish you all the luck, and I hope it will be as famous as Gaksitaaaaaaaaaaaaal.

    I don’t know who can be the female lead, but she better not be older than him, I don’t want him to be like Lee Min Ho always paired up with older actresses, and I will definetly hate it if they cast a member of any girl groups.

    Anyway, Joo Won oppa!!! GOOD LUCK !!! and take care of yourself .

  42. 42 juliesean

    Wow! I love everyone’s feedback on who we feel should be the female lead. No one seems to be suitable cos our aegyo boy is P-E-R-F-E-C-T.

    I hate pairings that are not visually appealing, eg. 49 days. The wrong female lead will just ruin it for me.

    Shin Min Ah would be perfect but she is too old for him. Yes, no one from SNSD please, or any idol actress except UEE or Eunji. Or Bo Young too from the Wolf movie with Joong Ki.

    Even Eunji from APink may be suitable? She was brassy in Answer Me 1997! She has proven herself in that drama.

  43. 43 Mira

    Yeah !!! Hope the lead actress is good too 🙂
    Btw this fanmade poster from dcinside JW is totally hilarious lol

    • 43.1 juliesean

      This it just gross ! I do not understand why people continue to do this. It is disrespectful. He is romancing himself? That is just wrong, in all ways.

  44. 44 mezzed

    I vote for Im Joo Eun! I would totally hate it if an SNSD girl or any of the idol girls got the role too, but they’ll most likely cast one of them for the hype. 🙁

    • 44.1 timeee

      I’m joo eun from what up n wild romance??? If that funy girl u mean, i ttotally like it

    • 44.2 gala

      Well, if ever they consider a SNSD, I wouldn’t mind Sooyoung. I think she’s doing ok in 3rd hospital. She can be tomboyish too. Plus, her height and age would be ideal for JW. But that’s just appearance-wise for me. I still say no to an idol.

    • 44.3 tapioca pearl

      I would love to see Im Joo-eun in a starring role in a long drama. She’s too good and charismatic to remain in supporting roles. I hope with Joo-won as the lead, the makers of this drama won’t feel the need to cast a superstar actress or some popular idol girl whatever (kill me if they do that!) to balance the star power.

    • 44.4 canxi

      Oh shit. She’d be so good! MAN, where the hell is sheee?? I swear it takes 5 years for a majority of the good actresses (or a majority of the actresses I like) to pick up a role ):<

      I demand activity!

  45. 45 Panda123

    ooooooo Kim So Eun, i want her to play the lead, she and Joo Won would look soooooooooo awesome together. Cute!

    • 45.1 camay

      kim so eun would be a good choice.. but she would still be filming horse doctor..

  46. 46 mikan

    I love to see him doing comedies 😀 so excited for next year.. go go go Joo Won!

  47. 47 samnelsen

    t-ara eunjung will be a good choice i think for the female lead.

    she looks badass in sexylove drama mv

  48. 48 BabyMeow

    First female lead that came to my mind is UEE. I am currently watching Ojakgyo Brothers. They have so much chemistry. 😀

  49. 49 J

    I dunno about the premise (saw the movie, turned it off half an hour in) but it’s JOO WON!

    OTOH, my female lead wishlist would be (in order of awesomeness): UEE (impossible i know), Shin Se Kyung, Min Hyo Rin, Lee Min Jung, Park Ha Sun, Park Bo Young (too babyfaced tho…)

    Big no no: idols with only pretty face, Ha Ji Won (kinda sick of her relying on the tomboy stereotype), Park Min Young (the reason CH sucked for me)

    • 49.1 Alyyy

      I second Min Hyo Rin!

  50. 50 Mel

    Like Gaksital, we’ve waited months to know about the female lead to be casted alongside Joo Won.

    I don’t think we will hear news on the female lead anytime soon. Not only the female lead, I’m excited to know who will be cutie’s dad as well.

    I’m so excited on his new drama.

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