Jung So-min, Hong Jong-hyun pair up in horror-romance
Cute pairing alert! Jung So-min (Big Man, Could We Marry) and Hong Jong-hyun (Dating Agency Cyrano) have just been cast as the leads in an upcoming horror-romance movie called Alice.
My first reaction to the casting was to think that they must’ve been coupled up before, only to realize my brain was making a few shortcuts thanks to the White Christmas connection, considering that drama basically gathered together all of the next generation’s leading men before they were famous. Consider this: Jung So-min acted with Sung Joon in Can We Marry; Sung Joon was in White Christmas with Hong Jong-hyun. She also acted in Can We Marry with Kim Young-kwang, another White Christmas alum. And Jung So-min is acting in Twenty with Kim Woo-bin, who was also in White Christmas. All roads lead to White Christmas.
Back to Alice, which is inspired by the classic Alice in Wonderland story, only told with a nightmarish bent. (I’d argue that Wonderland is nightmarish enough in the straight version, but that’s beside the point.) Jung So-min goes searching for the source of her terrible nightmares and finds a pension named Wonderland, which is where she meets a mysterious young man who’s caretaker over the property. Jung’s character is a hardened soul who rediscovers that sense of thrill in a time that’s at once “both beautiful and cruel.”
The project sounds vaguely familiar to the movie titled Alice that had once cast Kim Yoon-hye (then named Woori), although that project appears to have stalled in development. But perhaps Alice in Wonderland is just popular enough an idea to base multiple macabre stories around, and this one is actually based loosely around a real-life incident that occurred in 1979 in Gyeonggi-do. The movie will mix in fantasy and horror elements, though, so I don’t expect it to hew too closely to the actual case.
Alice will begin shooting in June, and plans to release at the end of the year.