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Daniel Choi offered leading role in Pride and Prejudice

Okay, so first things first: There’s a new drama called Pride and Prejudice. Sadly, it has nothing to do with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, though maybe that’s a happy thing? Granted, if you’re wooing Daniel Choi (Big Man, School 2013) to star, you kind of make me want to see him be a Darcy.

When all we knew was the title of the upcoming show, I was wondering how a modern drama adaptation would be any different from pretty much every rom-com drama out there. It turns out this won’t be the show to answer that question — this is the project that was previously known as Lawless World, that was set to be MBC’s next Monday-Tuesday drama in the fall once Dae Jang Geum 2 was shelved.

It’s a drama set in the legal world, which makes me wish they had stuck to Lawless World for the title. I get that Pride and Prejudice fits thematically, but my brain, it can’t undo the associations (Iron Man is bad enough). There isn’t much plot detail beyond the basic parameters that it’ll be a story about the ambitions and loves of characters who work in the legal system.

Daniel Choi is considering the offer for now; if he signs on he’ll be reuniting with writer Lee Hyun-joo of School 2013, which is a good thing in my book, especially if he gets to headline this one. I didn’t catch his last drama Big Man, but he’s an actor who does well in any genre, and could play anything from a jaded lawyer to an earnest prosecutor or anything in between with ease. Directing is PD Kim Jin-min of Time Between Dog and Wolf (also God of War, La Dolce Vita), so I’m expecting a darker thriller or cerebral battle of wits. The genre hasn’t been confirmed, so that’s just a hunch. The darker the better, I say.

Pride and Prejudice will follow Records of a Night Watchman in October.

Via Herald Pop

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T^T I was already dreaming up a perfect Elizabeth for him.

So P&P is just a title similarity??? WHY, DRAMALAND? WHY????

Did you run out of budget for your writing team? Can't you be bothered to choose an English title w/ no confusing associations?

Do you need help choosing drama titles?

Then hire me. Please. I will work in exchange for "apples".

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LOL, Hmmmmmmm apples hehehe.
A big red Apple maybe?....... that a certain fish wants to bite?

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It would have been great, if we get a sageuk version of Jane Austen's pride and prejudice..so that we can again fall in love,head over heels on another version of Mr. Darcy.

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Sageuk version of P&P? Yes please...

Dear Powers That Be, you've already taken on Three Musketeers and I am seeing some remakes on the horizon. Please please...gimme P&P...it's basically just asking to happen and is right up your alley.
Thanks...

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Oh I'm disappointed that it's not related to Jane Austen's novel :(
I already imagined him as Darcy and felt happy about it....

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LOL!! "Apples" for Applebutt!!

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Hahaha! I know the "apple" of Mary's eyes!

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LMAO, you really could link anything to Song Jaerim.

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First I thought it was iphone with the apples thing, until I realized it's Mary behind this.. hhmmm
I'm absolutely sure it most certainly has something to do with SJR and apples. Didn't follow his latest drama though, so I'm not sure how this "apples" related to him.. hehehe..

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Yes to Daniel Choi. And yes to to the pd and writer. And yes to making it a dark, terse thriller. In fact, yes to everything you write lol

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#wrote#

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Maybe no to the title?
I can totally picture Daniel Choi as Mr. Darcy, which sadly he is not.

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I know right? I kind of can't get rid of my desire to see him act as that character :(

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They're messing with us those punks at MBC.

Your name always reminds me of a character from Friends. Which I really like...I am still watching the show.

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Could the drama title BE any more misleading?

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IDK, I think he's more suited for Bingley than Darcy.
Gosh, now I really want a Korean adaptation of P&P.

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yay! :D

this is off topic but i kind of want to watch Big Man because of him. is it worth my time though?

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No :-)

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Big Man as a whole --> No.
Watching Daniel Choi portrayal of the character Kang Dong-Seok --> Yes.

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i like big man, i think it's good

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yessss I loved School 2013 so much, and I love getting to see its leads in great leading roles in their next projects.

(Jang Nara in Fated To Love You, Lee Jong-seok in I Hear Your Voice, and now Daniel Choi back in leading man territory - now please find him a decent leading lady please!)

I do agree that the title is a wtf though. But it kind of amuses me, with Iron Man, to think of Robert Downey Jr. watching Lee Dong-wook become Spider-man with knives for webs.

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"Watching Lee Don Wook become spiderman with knives" buahahahahha

Marry me Pogo

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I clicked on the link to this article believing it was about a kdrama adaptation of one of my favourite books. Goodness knows I have watched every single variation out there(man, spent several months shrieking over Lizzy Bennet Diaries) so...

What?

Oh gosh, let them change the title...*shakes fist*

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I loved LBD too. I wish this was a P&P adaptation, but then again, all Kdramas sound like P&P in some way.

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Also to anyone who's been missing him in lead roles - he was REALLY good in the two-hour special Anticipate Love.

(which had the same writer as Marriage Not Dating, and an equally stellar cast though Han Groo is hard to beat)

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Oh is he. Is it from KBS?

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Are you referring to his mini-drama with Boa? I forgot the title of the drama but i liked that. He had palpable chemistry with Bos even though their characters **spoiler: never meet in person....till the end** Daniel Choi is very endearing. Luv him.

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Love love that Mini Drama! I repeatedly watch it on days I need a dose of sweet romance. The chemistry was brilliant, acting was great. Highly recommend.

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Any rumors about possible actresses for the female lead?

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Kim Ah-jeong is positively considering.

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*Kim Ah-joong

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YES. So stoked. I'm so excited for him being in a drama that I want to watch (although I admittedly want him in a rom-com again lol).

I wasn't interested in his last project, but I heard he was awesome in it, so much that I'm afraid to even check out the performance!

This drama could be just my thing though, especially with the writer of School 2013 attached. But I really really like the name Lawless World so I'm actually super bummed they changed the name :/ Oh well. Still, so happy to get some GOOD castings after some of the questionable ones recently. Can't wait to hear more!

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Was actually hoping Lawless World would be MBC's version of Heartless City. This is obviously not that.

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no idea who Jane Austin is or Darcy. so no problem with the title for me.
I have a feeling that his character might be idealist to the point of obsession ...and maybe turn corrupt in the middle.

it would be great if it was on the edge... I watched only Daniel Choi parts in Big Man, and he is a truly methodical actor. nothing un-necessary. like a river behind a dam, to the last limit but not flowing over.

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Your first sentence...you kid...right?

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why should I? Have you read our most famous book Truth and justice? No? You kid, right?

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You would have a fairly good point... if we were speaking Estonian.

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it has been translated into 18 languages. including french, german, english, irish, danish and norwegian.

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Since I clearly hit I nerve and to be fair, the non-snarky answer I should probably give is that I do not find it strange for an individual of one language to be unfamiliar with the famous literature of another. However, at this very moment we are both very much in the english speaking world, and in the english speaking world it IS strange for a literate individual to not be familiar with at least WHO Jane Austen is. I find your claim of 35 books a month highly dubious (you do realize that works out to over a book a day... presumably you have a day job or school that would have a significant claim on your time), but nothing about you seems to be illiterate.

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I haven't read Truth and Justice, but I have heard of it.

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Well, it is a little surprising you haven't at least heard of the book – or the author. Not only is it a well-known (and old) novel (a 'classic', part of the 'canon') that is frequently referenced in general culture (you will find mentions in English-language media all the time), but it has been adapted to film repeatedly, most recently in 2005 with Keira Knightley as lead (in other words, pretty mainstream film, likely to have been mentioned in newspapers etc).

It's less surprising that English-speakers haven't heard of the most famous Estonian book. From the translation point of view, a lot more literature travels from English into other language/cultures than the other way around. Only 1-3% (the so-called infamous 3%) of books published in English each year are translations from other languages and you can imagine what percentage reads those books (which, with some exceptions, are published by specialised presses and often with limited runs). Translation into English are also an extremely hard sell.

Other languages import significantly more from English-language literature – it can be anything really (depending on the language/culture and often how established their on literature is), and in rare case can be 70/80 (whatever) percent (usually this is in tiny countries with a 'minor' language and often newly formed national status, in which case translation can be used as resistance against whatever country they were previously part of before they establish their own literature). Apparently 30-34% of fiction & poetry in Estonia are translations (majority of which from English).

I'm rambling (I'm in Translation Studies in case you haven't guessed by now), but basically chances are much higher that you would have heard of Pride & Prejudice than any English-speaker of any Estonian book.

As for Mr. Darcy, he's the male hero in the novel, Wikipedia describes him as an "aloof romantic hero". He's also rich, so maybe he's an old-style English chaebol? ;-)

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the chances might be higher, but I guess ah I did not mean to insult you all. it is just that, how do I say. not all mainstream cultural phenomena are that important here. there´s other stuff I regard highly. and the type of books I read are not novels but more like cultural studies, scientific research, not romance novels. same for movies. I dont pay attention to romantic movies AT ALL in cinema.

it is not really that important, I think.
I have read almost all Charles Dickens books, Sherlock Holmes series and Agatha Christie. when we studied world literature, the shift was towards German and Russian literature.

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No one's insulted. :-)

I have read only 1 or 2 Dickens, none of Sherlock and probably only watched Agatha Christie.

I don't watch any Hollywood films anymore so I don't pay attention to that (though I can tell you about the latest releases in Korea and Japan).

Actually, being in academia (and in Translation Studies), I often wonder even how much scientific/cultural research is not known in English-language countries because there's so little translation going on. Like even in my own field, I have felt so out of the loop when I've had to venture into academic literature that's not in English, when with the English academic literature I kind of know who's who in the field. Always makes me think there are likely some brilliant ideas and thoughts that we're completely losing out on.

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alua, so true! Like, I know some of my professors can read polish or chech and they have great studies in folklore, that I cannot read cause they are not available in english or estonian only short articles in some magazines. or french. I dont speak french and in some of the french speaking countries OTHER than France there is interestng material.

and just think of how most of the Google searches happen in english but if we searched in other languages there are sources most people cant even imagine.
I remember my shock finding out the most thorough web page on Tim Burton was in fact in french not english

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Years ago, when I was in high school, I read a collection of poems by Rabindranath Tagore called "I Won't Let You Go" (published by Blood Axe). It had an introduction that mentioned that Tagore was the only Nobel Prize Literature winner that wrote in a language that was not Indo-European*. That made me realise for the first time how skewed things are and that there must so many treasures that we miss out on, indeed that we don't imagine exist because we are so deeply in this bubble of a limited number of literatures and an extremely monotonous 'canon'.

*I think there may have been one or two winners since then (one who wrote in Hungarian, another in Chinese although another, earlier Chinese winner writes in French), but on the whole if you look at Nobel Prize Literature winners, the list is so, so biased.

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I thought every aspiring writer out there has read Jane Austin...I guess Red didn't.

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ok, googled it, different interests I guess but it was not compulsory at school I think, and it wasnt translated into estonian that time. plus it seems like stuff I am definitely not interested in. I was reading Agatha Christie novels, world mythology and archaeological studies, well, science books that time. and Bhagavadgita and The Book of dead and Daodeijing. and many more...on culture, travel, nature. I have read a LOT. used to read 35 books a month now I have less time.
I havent read many books the english-speaking world considers important. but how many books by estonian authors has the rest of the world read? not so many I bet.
the books that were written in english are just some of the very many literary achievements and there are gems in every language, every country that many english speaking people have never heard of. whats so unusual?

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I had to Google Estonia which completely solidifies your point.

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now that´s a little ridiculous, cause one thing is millions of books, another thing is geography

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<<the books that were written in english are just some of the very many literary achievements and there are gems in every language

I so agree with you, and it doesn't apply to just books either... film, theatre, music, you name it!

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Oh, and in case anyone needs any non-English reading recommendations, I suggest A Year of Reading the World, where one person took on the challenge of reading one book from every country in a year.

Just to expand your literary horizons. :-D

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Failed at linking, try again:

http://ayearofreadingtheworld.com/

(sorry, not hyperlinked now)

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yeah I started that challenge but if I work 13 hours most days it is a bit hard to make it to the library that often. instead I read an about 670 page herbal encyclopedia with legends for every plant, it is really fascinating. what stories and myths each country has for some medical plant. I thought one book that is really big should do it...

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http://www.amazon.com/Prejudice-Websters-Estonian-Thesaurus-Edition/dp/B00125AR3C

If you ever decide you'd like to read it ... since you write well in English, this English language version for ESL readers might be a good choice.

It's a great book, and has been the basis for film and TV versions made around the world. The arrogant chaebol has nothing on Darcy.

Although, having Googled Truth and Justice to learn more about it, Pride and Prejudice may not be your cup of tea.

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I, too, am unable to undo the associations. Daniel Choi as Darcy... I can so see that. ~

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Thanks Girlfriday. But I have to note a minor correction...Daniel Choi was in the 2014 kdrama Big Man not to be confused with the 2012 the Hong Sisters kdrama Big.

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Yes, that first sentence got me confused too. I have seen Big and I don't remember him in it.

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I love Pride and Prejudice AND I love Daniel Choi.
AND I loved School 2013.

Make it happen!

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I'm all for it. If they would please change the title? As a die hard Jane Austen, and Pride & Prejudice fanatic, I really hope they would honor my request. :-)

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I don't really like him and do not want to see him as my favorite Austen man....

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Then you should read the article and not just the title.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one... I was incredibly relieved to find out that it wasn't THAT P&P. Although, seriously why go there if there is no connection?

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I read Daniel Choi and Pride and Prejudice and was like: YES!!! I am gonna watch it 100%

But... why isn't it happening?!! They should really do a korean Pride and Prejudice version.

Daniel Choi would be a great Darcy!

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I can see P&P as a korean saejuk but not modern. I am not sure if I see Daniel Choi as Darcy. I can see him more like the one guy who married the youngest sister. I would like to wonder who will be play Elizabeth and her rest of the family.

I would rather see Daniel Choi played as a villain. :) I will wait to see hopefully the title change and rest of the cast.

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Booo. I'm so disappointed. I really want a korean version of P&P. Not that I would want Daniel Choi as Mr. Darcy but I got really excited for nothing.

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I skipped Big Man, too (even though I love D. Choi and So Min).

I do however want to see him in something like this. Especially if it's dark. More lead roles for this guy. Also more girls for this guy, too.

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I freaked thinking Daniel as Darcy ,,,,, but what the hell is law and serious coming to this drama .....!!! sadly disappointed with the category. But love daniel choi , i didnt watch big man but love Daniel choi in all other roles. Yahooooooo he is the lead actor at last but please someone .....note he is a great lead actor for romantic / comedy .....

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Omg! Almost crap my pants thinking there will be a korean version of Pride & Prejudice. Why!?!?!?! Why did u fool me so!?!?! T.T
I like Daniel Choi enough but can't picture him as Mr Darcy.....Sorry....i'm just overly bias for my love of Colin Firth as Darcy. Even that guy who was Darcy in the Keira knightley version didnt do it for me....see...couldn't even remember his name....

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His name is Matthew Macfadyen :) Though Colin Firth is my favorite Darcy of the bunch, MacFadyen was absolutely lovely in his role imo *swoon*

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Was so excited by the title. Why can't there be a K version? I would love it so much. Stupid dramaland with it's lame choices in drama names. Confusing people for no good reason.

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Damnit, I was totally excited to see Daniel Choi as Darcy!

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So excited *click* reading, uh, oh

"Sadly, it has nothing to do with Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, "

Please, Just call it something else.

(can't get over feeling disappointed) *off to read next post*

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this news just makes me so happy. Been waiting for Daniel Choi to be in a leading role since Babyfaced beauty. He's such a versatile actor, he'll definitely deliver well. I just hope the storyline is good.

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Would love to see a Korean version of Pride and Prejudice.I think HB will be a very good Darcy.

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I really liked Hong Areum in God of War and have wanted to see her in more ever since! But I have a feeling this is going to at least have 50 episodes...

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A shit, posted on the wrong article.
And this is why I should have a lot of tabs open.

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Daniel Choi is always quite interesting to watch.

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what -- we get Pride & Prejudice but it has nothing to do with that well-loved Jane Austen classic?

jeez, i got all excited after seeing the title of this post i just clicked it open automatically. *sigh* i would have loved to see a Korean version of P&P :(

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