Aw, is someone growing up before our very eyes? Fifteen-year old child actor Yeo Jin-gu (I Miss You, The Moon That Embraces the Sun) has made quite the name for himself playing the younger versions of dramaland’s hottest stars (seriously, he’s been the young counterpart to seemingly every leading man out there). But it looks like he might be graduating into a headliner — he’s been offered the title role in a new action thriller movie called Hwa-yi.
He’s still considering the role, so apparently graduating to starring roles comes with press-tease “considering favorably” announcements as well. He’s up for the titular character Hwa-yi, opposite the fantastic Kim Yoon-seok (Thieves, Wandeuki, pictured below). Also considering is Jo Jin-woong (Suspect X).
It’s the latest project from director Jang Joon-hwan, of Hair, Save the Green Planet!, When Winter Screams, and it takes place in the underground, and will be the story of a young man’s revenge against the “fathers” who raised him. The quotes aren’t mine, so I can only guess they mean mobster father-figure types. Kim Yoon-seok and Jo Jin-woong will play the “dads” against whom Hwa-yi will exact his revenge, uncovering a twisted conspiracy behind it all.
All quite vague, but it’s an great lineup. I just hope there isn’t an older version of the hero to pop up suddenly, because Yeo Jin-gu has certainly earned his chance in the spotlight. He’s so expressive and talented that he (and his cohorts like Kim So-hyun and Kim Yoo-jung) are threatening to outshine their adult counterparts, and some would argue they already did in Moon/Sun. I’m excited to start seeing this new generation of talent take to the big screen and stretch their wings.
Hwa-yi is planning for a 2013 release.
Via TV Report
- I Miss You: Episode 1
- More photos of young romance (and heartbreak) in I Miss You
- Youthful romance in I Miss You’s poster shoot
- Moon/Sun’s child stars reunite in new drama
- Yeo Jin-gu & company in March’s magazines
- Flowers strike back: Moon/Sun edition
- Interviews with Moon/Sun’s child actors
- The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 1