I had a feeling our hero was going to be cast this week for I Summon You, Gold (which has set its other leads in place), and now we have him: Yeon Jung-hoon.
Two things: (1) Awesome, Mr. Hot Broody Vampire is back on television! (2) But… where will he find blood to drink and baddies to beat up in a long-running weekend drama? Because here’s the thing — I’m not sure I can ever see Yeon Jung-hoon as any character other than prosecutor Min Tae-yeon anymore, he who fights crime by day as a prosecutor, and… okay, fights crime at night too, also as a prosecutor, but with some added vampy benefits like psychic visions.
I usually don’t have any trouble divorcing an actor from a memorable performance, and once a role is done I’m ready to move along with him (or her) to the next challenge. And it’s not like I haven’t seen him act in other stuff before (East of Eden, Jejoongwon). But perhaps it’s because Vampire Prosecutor had two seasons, or because the drama had such a strong stylish flair, that the essence and ambiance tends to linger long after the show has ended.
In any case, Yeon will be playing the president of a large jewelry company as the elder son in the family business. Aha, so I had the right of it: He’s the hyung to Lee Tae-sung, who’s married to Lee Soo-kyung, who’s the rival to our heroine, Han Ji-hye. So our heroine’s rival married the younger son, while our leading lady gets the first son. Dramaland makes sure to reward its Candys, that’s for sure. His character has already gone through one painful divorce, but through Han Ji-hye he experiences “real happiness and love” in a “sweet loveline.”
Well, on the upside at least we’ll get to see him have a proper romance for once, instead of just teasing us with infuriatingly sparse flirty moments and cheeky grins. (Seriously, what’s it take to get a vampire a little action around here?)
I Summon You, Gold premieres on MBC in April.
Via TV Report
- Leads and rivals added to I Summon You, Gold
- Han Ji-hye headlines I Summon You, Gold
- I Summon You, Gold loses Lee Jong-hyuk in last-minute shake-up
- Lee Jong-hyuk considers new weekend drama
- Vampire Prosecutor 2: Episode 1
- Vampire Prosecutor turns up the heat
- Thing vs. Thing: Vampires in Dramaland
- Vampire Prosecutor: Episode 1