Drama Casting & News
JTBC’s new drama Her Legend casts Kim Jung-hoon
by | June 10, 2013 | 29 Comments

Cable channel JTBC is lining up a new drama for its next Monday-Tuesday opening, and has cast Kim Jung-hoon (I Need Romance) to headline the series titled Her Legend.

The description is rather vague, but not uninteresting: Two women with “switched fates” and a man “who has everything” embark on a pursuit of sincerity. That tells us very little, but JTBC has a solid track record of putting out well-executed dramas and I expect this one to share that same kind of thoughtful spirit running through many of their shows. Even if Kim Jung-hoon plays a character I’m tired of: a chaebol “prince” with both looks and smarts, who is heir to the nation’s top fashion and apparel corporation. Well, he’s played a gentle prince before (in Goong), so that takes care of that metaphor.

I’ll be honest: I’m not super excited about Kim Jung-hoon specifically—he’s all right, but I have no strong feelings about him—and it sounds like the swapped-fate leading ladies will carry the more interesting plot. So I’m more interested in seeing who they cast in those roles, and what tone the show will take—human drama? Romantic comedy? Melodrama? Just as long as the heroines aren’t twins separated at birth or anything like that; we’ve had enough of the Prince and Pauper stories, haven’t we? (See: Gwanghae, I Am the King, The Duo, Cinderella Man.)

Her Legend will follow current noir-crime series Heartless City; it premieres in July.

Via My Daily


29 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Fancypantsynancy

    Prince Yul! He reads Harry Potter <3

    I honestly cannot wait for this. I liked him enough in I Need Romance.

  2. Jan

    Also not excited for him. He’s good-looking, but lacks a certain appeal and charisma in his roles.

    • 2.1 lissa j

      Very true. This guy has no appeal. He may be handsome, but he lacks “personality” as a leading man. I wish they chose a leading man that has a strong personality. He’s king of weakling.

      • 2.1.1 lissa j

        *I mean KIND, not king.

  3. Ivoire

    Thanks JB!

  4. Mystisith

    I only saw him in INR & thought he was OK for the part. The character was an a$$ tho, and I couldn’t root for him.
    I’m more curious than anything about this project.

    • 4.1 Lilian

      oh yeah, hated in character in that drama. Kept wanting the female lead to end up with Choi Jin Hyuk!

  5. kyleD

    nope, clearly not enough prince&pauper stories. the only one of these that was good was gwanghae, and that was somewhat…detached? like, not very close to the characters. i mean that historical vibe that just doesnt make it very personal.
    it would be cool to do one that tries a more innovative, deeper, more analytical take on the subject. i do think there is still room for doing something interesting with that topic.
    and, off-topic, being on a exam-binge-studying session, i just had the genious idea of making energy drink into ice slush. just had to share that…

  6. fun-lugha

    It’s following ‘Heartless City’ u say? Well good luck to them…no pressure or anything 🙂

    • 6.1 ilikemangos

      I’ve been meaning to start Heartless City but there are just too many on my currently watching drama list that i need whoever who’s been watching to give me their take on it.

      • 6.1.1 shinhyesungluv

        It’s an awesome drama, read the most recent open thread #294, a lot of people gave input

        I sincerely think it is the best drama of the year so far. If you don’t have a lot of time, you should pick the good ones to watch, and Heartless/Cruel City will definitely be worth your time

        • Ennayra

          I was just going to ask if anyone was watching Heartless City. Your recommendation makes me want to check it out!

      • 6.1.2 Jules

        It’s really good. Dark and noir-ish, with a Batman/Gothic City feel to it – if you aren’t affected by violence (it isn’t gory or explicit, but it’s inextricably woven into the story) and are prepared to possibly root for the bad guy (Jung Kyung Ho!), I’d definitely recommend it.

  7. kdramapedia

    I will be watching for purely superficial reasons. Oppa, fighting!

  8. snow_white

    Not excited ….Have seen him in only Goong…..

    • 8.1 KDaddict

      I’m not excited abt him, having only seen him in Goong, but jTVB has been putting out excellent drams like End of the World, Cruel Palace, Childless Comfort. So I’d like to find out what they do w this.

  9. salina

    i still like him. as long as its not a long melodrama i may check it out.

  10. 10 rainerust

    I dunno why I like him…but I do. Although I detested his character in INR and still feel like she shouldn’t have forgiven him so easily. Sigh.

    But still cautious about committing to this drama until I hear more news (like plot? And who is writing/directing?). Must admit though cable dramas are seriously kicking butt nowadays…

  11. 11 Jo

    I USED to like him. But after the Goong fervor and mania died out, and Goong receded into the history of kdramas…I lost my love for him as well.

  12. 12 melliloquently

    I must say, that picture of him looks like young granny 😡

    Ahh, he was beautiful in Goong and it really broke my heart when he didn’t get the girl. Hopefully he’ll have better luck this time!

  13. 13 df

    He annoyed me so much in Goong. His character was just ridiculous and the acting was so subdued. I do like his soft voice because mine is similar to his and he seems like he truly has a gentle personality. From the little I know, I probably like him better as a person than an actor.

  14. 14 kumi

    “Autumn In My Heart” was also about girls with switched fates.

  15. 15 Starstruck.

    He never ages does he?

  16. 16 Lilly Merlin

    I’ll definitely watch this drama..can’t wait for it to start <3

  17. 17 Justin

    One of the most promising stars.. Very humble and simple despite he’s in the spotlight..

  18. 18 goldeng

    i dont have strong feelings about him either maybe because ive only watched one of his dramas but I need to say that him and his character was te only thing that made me stand “Goong”… having a character that saves a drama in your opinion is allways a point in favor of the actor/actress in my book..

  19. 19 Ania

    great… I want to see Kim Jeong Hoon always

  20. 20 nomad

    Didn’t realize this was a guy til I read that he was casted as the Prince.

  21. 21 sarah

    I’m definitely watching this! Kim Jeong Hoon is something! I love him very muccchhh!!! He’s an international actor so fans will surely support this..

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