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Han Ji-min confirms Jekyll and Me opposite Hyun Bin

We’ve got a leading lady and a title change for Hyun Bin’s new drama Hyde, Jekyll, Me, now going by the shorter title Jekyll and Me. That isn’t an indication that they’re dropping the split personality angle, since it’s still a rom-com about a woman who ends up in a love triangle with one man’s two personalities. I think I prefer the thematically relevant title a little more, since it evokes more of a Me-Myself-and-Irene kind of feel.

In any case, Han Ji-min (Rooftop Prince) has now signed on to the romantic comedy, where she’ll play the leader of a circus troupe. Well points for originality. Hyun Bin plays a third-generation chaebol who runs a theme park called Wonderland, and she’s the head of the circus troupe that’s such a money pit that the hero wants to get rid of it, figuring there’s no difference whether it stays or goes.

We’re not told what kind of act she does (she’s just called the troupe’s headlining actress), and she’ll go up against the hero to save her poverty-stricken circus and revamp the show. Hyun Bin’s character is an odd boss who doesn’t ever drink, drive, gamble, or leave home, which I guess means that he lives at Wonderland too.

He harbors a trauma from his childhood, which resulted in a split personality — one the coldest meanest man in the world, and the other the nicest, sweetest man ever. He’s vowed to never date or marry, but that’ll change when the heroine learns to love both men and tame his wilder unruly side. Yes, but does it count as cheating if she dates both of them?

Jekyll and Me will be a 20-episode drama directed by the PD of 49 Days and Yawang, and penned by the writer of Alice in Cheongdam-dong. It follows Pinocchio on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning in January.

Via Wow TV

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Nooooooo! Why her? I've disliked her in everything I've seen her in and she has to star opposite Hyun Bin not once but twice in one year? Sigh. Will watch anyway.

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Have you seen her in The Fatal Encounter, though? She's no Candy there, and no love interest either - she plays his (step) grandmother!

(can't say I liked the film itself all that much though)

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Ive got that downloaded. Must see!

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where can you download?

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I'd have to say it was one of the grittiest movies I've seen in a while…one of those that would make me binge on fluff dramas for a while right after I saw it.

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Yeah I'm not a fan either - her roles have been super disappointing over the past few years

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I am surprised to see so many people dislike her, I have only seen her in RTP and I liked her enough to check out her future projects.
Also with Hyun Bin in a drama = MUST WATCH

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YEAY. She's in!

Agree. I like her since Jewels in the Palace, LOVE her in Cain & Abel, Padam-Padam, RTP, and what's another one: YiSan..!
And w/ Beannie, I'm sure it's gonna be awesome regardless.

I wish her good luck.

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someone's grieving here, lol, but i don't like her either...... i saw her in RTP and if it wasn't for micky and his gang, i would drop it..... grrrhhhhh but i'll watch it anyway since, guess what???? its HYUN BIN oppa ^_^V

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She just starred with him in his post-army movie. He must have liked her acting or like working with her. I can't imagine that he has no input in this.
When Misaeng was casting, didn't veteran actor Lee Sung Min say that he wanted a Nice person for the lead, and then they got Im SW, who Lee said was nice?
I'm going to trust Binnie and hope this will turn out really well.

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She's beautiful & a good actress. I don't see a problem.

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This sounds a bit like his character from Secret. Garden... Looking forward to it anyway!

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I'M ALL IN FOR A BINNIE COMEBACK HEEEEEE :D. Dramaland needs Hyun Bin he has been gone for so long!!!!!!! At least we had Jo Insung to years in a row♡

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she is soo pretty... I'm a girl and I just stared to this pic for 20 seconds. i love all her rolles always amazing i love her more than Hyun Bin i'm waitiiiiiiiiing

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Chaebol heir: check. Childhood trauma fostering prickly personality: check. Manager of..*department store*..theme park: check. Not interested in marriage until he meets poor girl: check.

It's almost as I have seen Hyun Bin is this drama before...

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lol - if only there was a Ha Ji Won reunion in this drama.

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I wish this too but alas....*pout*
Ha Jiwon could totally do circus stunts. Hehe!
Han Jimin it is. I like her though that Lucky girl. 2 projects in a row with Hyun Bin! She must have saved Korea in her previous life. ;)

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Oh you mean secret garden right!
Yup, we've been there but we will still watch this!

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LOL ^_^

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True, but then Master's Sun and maybe 50% of dramas have a similar story line. Hero's traumatic past and prickly chaebol-ness, no marriage until candy comes along, fall in love and change...

Its all execution and surely Hyun Bin will bring something new in here. Plus I'm so looking forward to the triangle wherein I'm hating one guy and realizing he's the same guy i love. That'll be confusing, heh.

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LOL!
well...i'd watch for HB though..

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I did not like her initially when I started Rooftop Prince. But by the time I finished watching the series, I was fine. I like her now. And I am all into anything that has Hyun bin oppa.

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Sigh. Those eyebrows. Those eyes. And she's playing a circus performer. Awesome.

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This is a very old news.....I read about it like 2-3 weeks before...

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Yay for you.

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LOL.

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Yes....yes....yes... finally Ji Min comeback to dramaland.... really miss u unnie.... i hope the best for U, HB and the Drama....
*enthusiastic mode on*

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I like the circus environment. Reminds me of one of my fave movies ever: The Greatest Show on Earth. The boss here was also a cold blooded greedy grumpy guy who in reality cared for the troop. Will she be a trapezist then? That would be cool.

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I wonder how the theme park/circus setting will work out for a winter drama. I can totally see HJM in the circus ha. I haven't watched dramas in a while but I will always come back for hers.

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Looking forward to seeing Binnie, but why not Hwa Jin Won? Thought it was a year of reunions

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Ooh, interesting new pairing. I'm in.

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I first saw Han Ji-min in Rooftop Prince which was one my first KDramas and then later watched Padam Padam and I didn't realize it was the same actress until a few episodes in. I enjoyed her in both and I'm really looking forward to this pairing.

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With the whole circus, split personality, and amusement park situation ....... it certainly sounds interesting.

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I like Mrs. Park, sorry Han Ji Min ;) The story though sounds like Secret Garden, but I'm all for something unique in Kdramas.

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She's not a good actress :(

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You graduated from the Academy of Theatre?

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It's confirmed, great!
January come fast...

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I'm out. I don't know why but I don't like Han Ji min's acting. I wish it could have been Kim Sun-ah or Gong Hyo-jin...

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Hyun Bin is always perfect for Kim Suna. It can't go wrong! But I like Han Jimin better than Gong Hyojin.

I'm definitely in! Thanks Han Jimin unni! Loved you since Dae Jang Geum! Shin-pi-ya! LOVELY COUPLE OMG I'M DEF IN!

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i think jimin is a good choice for female lead..somehow i would like to believe that hyun bin is the one that suggest her.. i like ha jiwon too but can't he have another girl to act with..isn't it boring seeing the same couple..most of the reuniting couple doesn't even have the same spark like in their first drama..jimin and hyunbin has act together..thats right but they have about less than 10 minutes screentime together..so i'm excited for these 2..

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Me too... guess that HB maybe recommend JM as her lead lady...hehehe

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I agree. When I was watching King's Wrath, I was actually thinking that it'd be interesting to see them get paired because they seem to have chemistry even if they were playing enemies.

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Really? A chemistry between those two in that movie? I gotta check it out asap then!

Love them! I hope these two will nail it.

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I wish it was someone else. But I'm glad it's not an actress who can't act like the currently working with a Hallyu star in his comeback drama after military *ahem*.

Anyway, I kinda love the circus part in this all. I want it to be super whacky and crazy but meaningful and moving. Hopefully, HJM can bring in the funny along with the romance. I don't like any of the PD-writer's previous work but this is Hyun Bin we're talking about! He hopefully picked this over tons of other projects because it's great.

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Actors most probably pick projects because it will give them an opportunity to shine. Secret garden wasn't great, not even good for the most part, but he did very well with that character, I'm betting it's the same here.
Having a leading lady that he will easily outshine again won't hurt either. >:)

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I think picking a challenging role is important but most big stars also pick a project that would most likely succeed - whether in Korea or overseas. Heirs - for example - sounded crappy even on paper but a whole lot of big stars took it on because they knew it would be a commercial success.

Secret garden is very debatable because some will vouch for its greatness and others would counter how bad it is. I felt Hyun Bin picked that up because sure it's a role that challenges him as an actor, but it's also written by Kim Eun-sook who's enough reason to pull even someone like Jang Dong-gun back to TV.

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Of course, commercial success is good and they will try to combine the two. However commercial success doesn't mean quality and after AGD, SG and Heirs I wonder how anyone can still think of Kim Eun-sook as a good writer but anyway, I'm just glad she is not the writer here.

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+1000 Lixie

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The writing in SG was just plain awful, but bad writing is no barrier to high ratings (see "Melrose Place" for the US).

YFAS had very average writing, but it was an even bigger hit.

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Hey I am not able to get the reference.. Clue plz??

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Haha, I was referring to Rain's comeback drama. He's awesome and his leading actress is just as terrible.

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Is that a general consensus? I mean I never knew him so MLG is my first try and I've only watched the first 5 eps but in general I felt he was pretty flat and amateurish, just screaming when he was supposed to convey emotion. Is there even a professional drama critic community or is it just fans talking? I'm just curious.

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Well, acting is generally a perception. But Rain being amazing is not just a fan's perspective. That's a general consensus of the public given he's done two Lee Kyung-hee melodramas that's usually very challenging. His character in Runaway, Plan B is one of the most difficult characters to play with the see-saw of emotions. He's also done a slew of dramas/movies getting not just in Korea but outside as well and got some good acting reviews. But I stopped following Rain's career when he stopped going dramas in 2010.

He doesn't have a good image but his acting isnt a reason Knetz hate on him for. I personally find him charismatic, fantastic and one of the best singer-actor out there and I haven't heard of too many that feel otherwise. But anyway, this is completely off topic from the subject of the thread so I'll stop.

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Ugh, I may hate deleted my previous reply. But anyway...

Well acting in general is a perception. But Rain is considered a good actor by the general public - if you find that legit. He's starred in some really challenging roles, two of which were written by Lee Kyung-hee - her melodramas need actors who can covey emotions to the T and Rain managed that perfectly. In Plan B, I thought his character was one of the most challenging ones out there since there was a whole see-saw of emotions he needed to portray which he basically aced. He's also starred in Hollywood movies and got some good reviews for his acting. I stopped following his career when he stopped doing dramas back in 2010, so I'm not familiar with all his projects.

But anyway, Rain has gotten a lot of hate from the Knetz and media for very many things but acting has rarely been one of them. I personally find him fantastic and charismatic and don't know of many people who don't. But anyway, this is completely off topic from the subject of this post, so I'll stop.

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I dont think there's a “professional drama critic” or something of that nature but Rain is regarded as an actor instead of an 'idol' by Koreans. He's been an actor for a decade now and he always gets slammed for his real life [erm… situations (lol)] rather than his acting chops. You wont hear many people saying “why is he acting, he should stick to singing” because he's a really good actor and mostly everyone acknowledges that. Maybe you dont feel the emotion in MLG because other than him, everyone else basically sucks in it? JB and GF's last podcast elaborates on why he’s so good but awkward amongst the chain of bad. Just in case you havent heard (:

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Thanks Mandy and alwaysaround. Yes, I know it is OT, I won't elaborate either. Maybe I'll look for a good movie with him and I'll change my perception of him. :)

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The most common criticism that I heard is that he's ugly lol (from NB). Honestly, I don't think he's good looking too. But I don't think he qualifies for ugly either.

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Agree. Rain is flat in MLG, like he is just going through the motions. But all actors and actresses who have been in the acting industry for more than 10 years get a pass. It is a respect to seniors and cultural thing.

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@Lixie: Np! You should see Cyborg, he was great in it and the movie was great too (:

@neverending: LOL, thats funny. I've only ever heard of how sexy or hot he is (I've mostly followed his career even after moving out of Korea years ago). Even in Dramabeans latest podcast, GF and JB were just talking about well spent hour watching Rain being hot lol. But some of the NB peeps are probably L fans so... A person's looks depends on the person looking, but Rain's acting has always been up there from critics and audiences. Basically, I'm just jealous of KTH right now lmao.

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I think the only way this drama is going to work would be to embrace it's quirky elements. Because on paper this sounds really bad.

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It sounds like something to look forward to :)

(I had to stare at the picture for a long time, in search for anything familiar. They must have gone crazy with photoshop.)

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no, HJM is just that beautiful :)

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That's not it- she just didn't look familiar in the picture- as in- I'm not sure I would have been able to guess who's picture it was.

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I like Han Ji Min ...

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Maybe the circus will be like AHS Freak Show in which she's the head, but also will try to recruit him into her show and that's where their love will begin lol

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I like Han Ji Min. She is a talented actress and will be perfect in this role.

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Honestly, my excitement for this show waned when Han Ji Min was confirmed for the role too. I pretty much stopped checking the news for this show. I like her but she's not my favorite actress. There are about six other actresses i'd rather see in the role.

But visually, they match really well and this pairing makes more sense than some others I would have preferred. And her character has a lot of potential to be fun I guess.

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YAY! I like them both. I think it'll be fun.

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Wow, I'm surprised people say Han Ji Min can't act? We must be watching different dramas because she's known as an A list actress, and personally, I think she's one of the best out there too.

No one is ever going to be happy about the lead actress if it's not their favorite.

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I like HJM but her acting in RTP wasn't that great (wasn't awful either).

I'm sure HJM has had performances that were better and worse than in RTP, but either way, she's not exactly what one thinks of when pondering great Korean actresses.

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I am an avid Binnie's fan and more than happy to learn that she's finally accepted the role. Han ji BIN : ) good job : )

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Two pretties... let's hope for a palpable connection.

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Han Ji Min i like her, can't wait for this and with Hyun Bin.

This is going to b fun

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yay so excited! For me Han Ji Min is one of my most favorite Korean actress and I like her portrayal of characters a lot. No overacting, calm and decent!
I was almost jumping up and down when the news that she might take the project surfaced! And now it's confirmed! and it's with Huyn Bin too!
Pleas don't let us down guys. I am so looking forward to this drama.

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Hjm is a great and beautiful actress,and i hear her manners are great too.u go girl!

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"Meh" was my reaction after han ji min confirmed to star as the leading lady. Let's hope she can hold her part against hyun bin.

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WOW, Hyun Bin and Han Ji Min, what a wonderful pair, love their dramas and movies. Folks, let me tell you these two are both great actors, and beautiful and handsome, and most of all very talented and awesome. Depending on the story writers hopefully it would keep you interested in the character roles an the story. I am so excited and these two deserve a lot of credit. To the staff of this drama and HB & HJM- Keep on Fighting.

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