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Yeo Jin-gu in talks to lead fantasy blockbuster

Right, so there was actual news about Yeo Jin-gu, which I was reading before I got distracted by pretty pictures. This one is an update of a big-budget blockbuster that was in planning for years and then stalled due to production delays, titled Fist Fighting, and although it lost Jo In-sung (who was cast a few years ago as its original lead), now Yeo Jin-gu (Hwa-yi, I Miss You, The Moon That Embraces the Sun) is in the mix to step in.

You might wonder how it is that Yeo Jin-gu (16) would be up for the same role that Jo In-sung (32) once took, because while they are both very strong actors and both currently on upward trajectories, I can’t imagine that they’d overlap much in image or role choices. But it’s not quite as odd once I recall that Fist Fighting is a sci-fi fantasy movie set in the future (2050) centering around a high school student who fights back against oppressing forces. So it was a role that I always thought was a bit odd for Jo In-sung, who may have been able to pass as a high schooler up through his late twenties but pretty much aged out once he got out of army duty.

Yeo Jin-gu isn’t confirmed for the role yet, just considering the offer, though I’d love for him to take on a heroic lead role. The character can’t stand to see injustice, so when he happens upon a village in a ghost forest (which is where he’ll meet the female lead) and sees that it’s being attacked, he stands up to fight against the bad guys. It’s quite possible that a new female lead will have to be found—Lee Yeon-hee (Miss Korea) was originally picked to co-star with Jo In-sung—not only because Lee may have also moved on, but also because Yeo would require a younger co-star.

Fist Fighting, written and directed by Welcome to Dongmakgol’s Park Gwang-hyun, is a large-scale collaboration between Korean and Chinese companies, backed by distributors CJ Entertainment and China Film Group and co-produced by Pegasus and Taihe, with a massive budget of 20 billion won. Producers aim to begin filming in August.

Via My Daily

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need to add this film to my to watch list! can't believe he's so young!!

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My son's age!

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How come he looks like Ji Chang Wook? Can he act with JCW in a drama coz they looks like sibling.. Eh, this kid already be the younger version of JCW in K.will MV and Warrior Baek Dong Soo...

Female cast? I wanna Kim YouJung... eeee

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i honestly don't see the resemblance to ji chang wook though...but i do want kim yoo jung or kim so hyun!!

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Uh...NO.

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He acted as the younger JCW in Baek Dong Su! ^^

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He needs a new female lead? Cast Seo Shin-ae, I say!

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It's ok to get distracted, I mean look at him grin from satisfaction tsktsk

Movie sounds really cool, I can definitely see YJG being heroic in a scifi.

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i prefer him here all innocent and puppy-like with tousled hair.

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OMG, this kid has grown up so much! I feel old haha!
I hope he takes this role, I really really love his acting^^
And who better to play a highschooler than an actor of an age to go to HS? Plus it would be far more interesting.

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Sounds awesome, especially if he and a good age appropriate female lead sign on.

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Ah, actually, I'd love to see Nam Ji-hyun in something like this. Or in a lead role in anything, really.

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More Yeo Jin-gu is always a good thing. I still love him most with Kim Yeo-jung.

Btw, javabeans, I haven't accessed the mobile website in a while and I love the new look! Very clean and bright :)

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Count me in. Would love to see him in a lead role headlining his own drama. A big step up I say! I've watched him in several dramas which he has acted over the years (in big parts and small ones) and one thing I can definitely say is that he has a magnetic on-screen presence.

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Sounds like an old-fashioned anime plot. Could be good fun. Hopefully neither he nor the female lead will have anime hair. And she hopefully won't be an anime airhead.

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Again, lol, he's played the younger version of Jo in sung before. I think it's really awesome that he's moved up so much that he's being considered for a role that an actor he played the child part of also considered ^^ (awkward mouthful sentence)

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What makes me the happiest about this is age appropriate casting :D he's getting proper lead roles made for a 16 year old. Now if that could just happen in a drama...

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I actually think he's already been casted as young JCW in warrior baek dong soo

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I like Jo In Sung but that would've been a weird choice. As for this dude, I'm vaguely curious since I've heard so much ado about him, but I jumped off the dystopian bandwagon awhile back. We'll see...

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Wow. If he's taking it, it will be just his second movie and a high profile movie at that. So glad that he even got cast as lead role!!

Now, I am praying two things, first that he will decide to take this movie and second that it'll air in theatre in my area. I really want/NEED to watch it in the big screen.

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If they need a new female lead, then I'd pick Kim Yoo-jung. She's an amazing young actress, who I think would fit well with him. Although it would depend on what the character's role is.

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Speaking of Yeo Jin Gu, I heard that Na PD was considering Yeo Jin Gu for the next Grandpas Over Flowers which omg yes pleaseeee <3

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IF Na Pd casts Yeo Jin Gu, he still needs an adult luggage boy. Twice the suffering, twice the fun.

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This kid is so talented and deserves everything he receives.

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YJG please grow up quickly! He's the same age as my sister that makes me like noona although i want to call him oppa. Hahha
As for female lead, I agree with other commenter, Kim Yoo Jung or Kim So Hyun

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Ok, this picture won't make me feels so guilty. *save*
This remind me I still need to watch Hwayi tbh.
If they want a younger female lead, hopefully they approach Yoojung.
I want my Yeo Jin Gu x Kim Yoo Jung pairing to happen~

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omg!! with nam ji hyun please!!!

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i know he worked with nam ji hyun in hwa yi, but it was too small... can they please cast her? she is so amazing and i love their chemistry.

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I havent actually watch any of his dramas.. maybe unconsciously im waiting him to stop being jail bait lol but im so shocked to see a high schooler would play a highschooler role!!! :) I hope they cast In Hae from Good Doctor/young Song Yi from Stars or Kim So Hyun! -tho it would be like the 3rd time they work together- someone age appropiate too!

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so long to wait ... pout ...

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I truly hope he takes this great opportunity. I'm still waiting for the day I can watch Hwa-yi.

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Waiting that he and Kim Yoo Jung star in a Kdrama or Kmovie together. I don't care if it's this one or another one! C'mon now!

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He's only 16? In the recent episode of RM, he said he had just turned 18. Allowing for that being Korean-style, he'd still be 17 by the Western system, surely?

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