Filming has begun on the new fusion sageuk Gu Family Book, but the production is still busy casting, and we finally have a second lead vying for our half-gumiho hero’s affections. (‘s about time. Was wondering if we’d actually get a drama without a love triangle.) Nice Guy’s little sis Choco, Lee Yubi, has been cast to play Lee Seung-gi’s first love and Suzy’s rival. It’s the first historical drama for the young up-and-coming actress, which means it’s a whole slew of sageuk newbies everywhere you look on this drama set, save for the veterans of course. Brace for impact?
I find Lee Yubi adorable, though I frankly liked her better as the mute-turned-chatterbox whackadoo in Vampire Idol than the whiny sister in Nice Guy, even if the latter is her more notable role. But that’s likely to do with the characters more than anything; Bunny beats Choco any day of the week. This is only the third project for the 23-year old rookie actress, but she’s always stood out for me — she’s green, but she has range and can be emotionally vulnerable onscreen. I’d like to see what she can do when she outgrows the cuteness, but she can get away with it for now.
In Gu Family Book, she’ll play the daughter of the man who saves the hero Choi Kang-chi (Lee Seung-gi) as a child. Kang-chi gets left on the family’s doorstep as an orphan and Dad takes him in and becomes his benefactor. Lee Yubi will play his first love, a girl who’s beautiful, intelligent, and witty to boot. When they’re young she can be selfish, knowing that Kang-chi likes her, and she uses that to her advantage when it’s convenient. But later she’ll come to her senses (likely too late?) and be a rival to Suzy’s character for Kang-chi’s affections.
Seung-gi stars as a half-gumiho who falls in love and wants to be human, while Suzy plays the heroine, the daughter of an ex-soldier and martial arts teacher (Jo Sung-ha). She’s a skilled fighter and particularly good with a bow and arrow. Badass. Should come in handy when dealing with a beasty hero. I swear Show, you’d better not fail me in the action department. *steadies slingshot*
Gu Family Book premieres in April on MBC.
Via Joy News
- A romantic first encounter for Gu Family Book
- Script readings galore for spring’s upcoming dramas
- News bites: February 4, 2013
- Jung Hye-young added to Gu Family Book
- Lee Yeon-hee cast in Gu Family Book
- Lee Seung-gi and Suzy’s new drama scores time slot
- Lee Seung-gi and Suzy cast in fantasy sageuk
- Nice Guy: Episode 1
- Vampire Idol: Episodes 1-3