Web drama Love Cells scores Jang Hyuk, Kim Woo-bin and more stars
Jang Hyuk and Kim Woo-bin, with Kim Yoo-jung to boot? That’s a pretty solid lineup for a web drama, but maybe that just means we’ll have to keep Love Cells on our radars.
Love Cells is based off a popular webtoon that ran from 2010 through 2012 on the portal site Naver, and is the “love story of turning the impossible possible” between an unemployed guy and a top star. I’m not familiar with the series, but it’s a fantasy romantic comedy that plays with the idea that you have certain “love cells” that affect your romantic success; the unemployed dude at the center of the story is named Dae-choong (which literally means sorta—as in, “Yeah, that’s sorta fine, whatever”) and his love cells are all dried up, hence his inability to date.
Dae-choong will be played by 21-year-old actor Park Sun-ho (Gold Rainbow), and he meets a cat (yes, a literal cat) named Nebi, to be played by Kim Yoo-jung, with the powers to revive dying love cells. (Yes I know, she’s a cat, I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. As far as I can tell there’s no mention of animation.) They decide to put him through a one-month-long prep course on how to turn him into a hottie with game, in order to win over the top star.
Baek Sung-hyun, Nam Ji-hyun, Park Sun-ho
That top star will be played by 4Minute idol Nam Ji-hyun. Unfortunately for Dae-choong, he’s got competition in the form of a hot idol star played by Baek Sung-hyun (Big, White Christmas), who also loves her.
As for our biggest names: Jang Hyuk will take on the role of Dae-choong’s neighborhood hyung who lives in the attic room next door. He trains in the martial art of Jeet Kune Do and faces every situation with a silent, charismatic stare, which I can absolutely see Jang Hyuk doing with comic aplomb. Kim Woo-bin will take on the role of a “god of love”—and while that could be a euphemism for a guy who’s smooth with the ladies, it sounds like he’s actually a cold-hearted god with the powers to decide whether your love cells live or die. Don’t get on his bad side.
I was wondering how it was that this drama could score these stars and then not give them the star roles, but it made more sense once I saw that it’s a project headed by SidusHQ, the mega-agency that represents all of them. I’m still not sure what to make of this project and have NO idea what to expect of it—it sounds at once both small-time and big hype, and web dramas haven’t reached the stage of being fully realized productions. But let’s wait and see; it’ll launch online via Naver’s TV Cast on October 13.
Via Sports Chosun