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Mr. Baek makes rivals of Jung Seok-won and Lee Joon

MBC’s Mr. Baek appears to have gone on a casting spree this week; it only confirmed its two lead stars (Shin Ha-kyun and Jang Nara) recently, and now has announced three more names. About time, too, since the show only has a month till its November premiere and time’s ticking away. (It’s not unheard of to cast the supporting leads this late, though the timing did seem a bit pressed in securing the two main leads.)

The new additions are Jung Seok-won (Haeundae Lovers) and Lee Joon (Gap-dong), who are confirmed, while Park Ye-jin (I Love Lee Tae-ri) is not. The drama’s set in a hotel group that’s run by an elderly chairman, who turns into Shin Ha-kyun when he finds himself suddenly turned young. (By the way, they’ve changed grandpa’s name again so I’m just going to assume it’ll change a half-dozen more times. We can figure it out when the drama airs.) Jung Seok-won plays a capable corporate director who has his utmost trust, being smart and ambitious, though perhaps also morally questionable: Once the grandpa chairman disappears (because he’s turned young), Jung starts entertaining thoughts of usurping his position.

Lee Joon is set up to be a rival to Jung Seok-won; he’s the chairman’s son, Choi Dae-han (a pun meaning “Utmost,” har), and his father is always comparing him to Jung. He’ll be the subject of gossip and scorn at the company, getting called scum and dirtbag behind his back by the employees, partly because of his status and partly because he’s prone to attracting trouble. He also eschews capitalist principles and thinks that you should only spend as much money as you need… which is partly commendable, and partly really annoying coming from a guy who’s born into wealth and privilege. Sounds like a character I could feel for, and he’ll start to change slowly as he meets our heroine (Jang Nara) when she enters the company as a rookie employee.

Lee Joon just played a second-generation chaebol in his last drama, although I guess we can’t compare this fantasy rom-com to the serial-killer mystery Gap-dong. At least I hope not. I’d like to see Lee Joon playing someone normal this time — he was great at being unbalanced and psychotic, but you know, it’s just hard to sympathize with a guy who pulls the “I’m so misunderstood” card when he’s killing a bunch of people. I think the difference may be that in Gap-dong I was saying “poor little rich boy” in sarcasm, while in this drama I just might mean it earnestly.

Initial news reports stated that Park Ye-jin was in the final stages of signing on, but later stories are backpedaling a bit, so her casting seems uncertain. The character she is considering is merely described as being a step away from Park’s usual type of haughty and sharp characters. Let’s hope the show can get its cast finalized soon!

Mr. Baek will follow Wednesday-Thursday drama My Spring Days and premieres in November.

Via Ten Asia, TV Daily

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LeeJoon ♡♡♥

He can act and is finally playing acharacter who is not mentally unbalanced..

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You said it! I hope this drama works out well…

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Yay for Lee Joon! I heard he's enlisting with the rest of his group, not sure when, so I hope this drama will be a good one.

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I like the cast so far. SHK+JN, and now Baek Ji-young hubby and lovable weirdo Lee Joon. Hope PYJ accepts. I miss hating her characters, hehe. I also have no objections to the writer because I liked EC. Surprised that I like MBC's current drama lineup starting from FTLY. My usual favorite SBS is either hit or miss this year. Good thing there's tvN/cable.

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Totally off-topic: I love Park Ye-jin. I hope she comes back to dramaland. :)

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That's good news they got Lee Joon! I hope this will be a daebak drama.

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I really like Lee Joon as an actor & I'm glad that he is cast in more projects. That said, I'm still cautious around that project. A cast secured that late is never a good sign...

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That is no bad second lead!

I love(to hate) Park Ye-jin in her usual characters. The last drama I've seen her in was My Princess, too long ago.

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YES to Joon in a normal role! As much as I love him playing a psycho knowing how adorkable he can be this is a nice change :)

And you already had me with Shin Ha Kyung and Jang Nara so... I'll be watching :)

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Happy Lee Joon is doing another drama! Looking forward to this!

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Joon in romcom is a new world. lol I can't imagine now but i know he's such a great actor who can portray any roles. He got high score from his previous roles, those some of the most characters in film/drama like killer, psychopath, murder, insane people already.

Joon is so strange. Rookie who basically should begins with easy-going role or flower boy role and i'm sure he can do it bc he's idol and he's good looking enough but he choose to play those dark characters that even the actor try to avoid.

However, he's still be a spoiled kid who has dark-side and will change in the last (similar to Ryu tae oh lol) I wish he can slay in this drama. Good luck!

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Oh this is interesting

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Eh? Where'a all the Jung Seok-won love? Glad to see him again. Wished he was in more projects (that I wanted to sit through their entirety). Lee Joon: haha I foresee many meta opportunities. Use them wisely show. Hope Park Ye-jin signs on.

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Lol. I'm all for Jung Seok Won. I really like this guy, especially his facial structure (wait...that doesn't sound right). Anyway, I also wish he chooses and gets casted in more pleasant dramas--pleasant in the sense that you'll enjoy watching all the episodes without clicking on the fast-forward button out of boredom or pulling your hair out from frustration.

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Exactly! And no, it sounds perfectly right. His facial structure is beautiful someone should fire and replace his manager though with someone who helps him pick better projects. But who knows this could be his break out role.

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Shin Ha Kyun, Jang Nara, and now Lee Joon? Nuff said; I'm in! November please come quick..

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Too young for the role (the son should be in his 30s at the very least if his dad is in his 70s...) but since when did logic ever inform casting decisions?

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What a horrible cast. The story seems interesting, but the cast (main leads and 2nd characters) are a put off...

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OMG YASSSSSSSSSS Park Ye Jin, I miss her so much, she's so good at playing girls that I love to hate :D
Lee Joon in love with Jang Nara? Right in the feels (?)
Yay!! He seems kind of normal here, that's a first lol

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