Ji Chang-wook courted to play young-again grandpa
It looks like we have another grandpa body-swap drama in the works, but it’s the reverse of the rapid-aging Flower Grandpa Investigation Unit. This time a 70-year-old grandpa will be rapidly reverse-aging, down to his early thirties. It’s essentially the male version of the hit movie Miss Granny (also called Suspicious Girl), about a grandma who finds herself magically returned to her twentysomething body. It totally spawned this whole cycle of suddenly-old/suddenly-young hijinks in dramaland, and should be made into a drama. (But only with the same cast!)
Anyway, about this drama: It’s called Mister Baek, named for the title character Baek Ho. He’s a 70-year-old CEO of a hotel, and his name is a multi-pun meaning “white tiger,” “silver fox,” or “the hundredth,” as in Room 100 of a hotel, for instance. They should’ve just gone for as many puns as possible and made him a hundred years old so we could call the drama Mr. 100.
Ji Chang-wook is currently being courted to star as the titular Mr. Baek, after recently wrapping the epic sageuk Empress Ki where he played the adorable emperor. He’s only considering for now, but he’d be a great choice to portray a grandpa in the body of a young man. Though with him I’d want them to un-age the grandpa down to his twenties.
The fantasy drama will be about the self-discovery of an old scrooge who runs a hotel and only cares about two things: himself and money. He’s never even loved anyone his whole life. One day he magically returns to his thirtysomething body and has to work in the lowest position at his hotel, as a rookie in the room maintenance department. And through the ordeal he’ll experience life in a whole new way and even find love and meaning. Aw, you mean he grows young to grow up?
The drama is being considered for SBS’s fall slate, as the Wednesday-Thursday show to follow It’s Okay, It’s Love (which follows You’re All Surrounded). Nothing’s been decided yet, so we’ll have to see how casting goes before it gets a spot on the broadcast schedule.
Via E Daily
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