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Im Seulong challenges for UEE’s affections in Ho-gu’s Love


Im Seulong, Han Geun-sub

Im Seulong, idol singer (2AM) and actor (Hotel King, Mandate of Heaven), has joined tvN’s upcoming rom-com series Ho-gu’s Love, which has already cast UEE (Gold Rainbow) and Choi Woo-shik (Fated To Love You) in lead roles. He’ll take up a second lead role that had previously been cast with another idol-turned-actor, SS501’s Park Jung-min, who ended up backing out of the drama not long ago. I don’t know Park Jung-min’s acting but I do quite like Im Seulong, so I’m happy enough with the actor switch.

The drama sounds pretty cute, centering around a perpetually single hero with no game, Ho-gu; it’s a name that literally means a sucker or pushover, turning the title into the pun Fool’s Love. Played by Choi Woo-shik, Ho-gu has failed the civil service exam for seven years straight and somehow gets saddled looking after an unidentified child. He has a romance with UEE, a “swimming goddess” who’s a national team athlete and his first love (I presume from their childhood). After they meet again in the present day, complications arise and the story unfolds around a “dangerous friendship” that turns to a cheery, comic romance.

Im Seulong plays an ace lawyer who’s never lost a case, who seems perfect all the time. Set up to be a love rival for UEE’s affections, he appears to be Ho-gu’s complete opposite… until you see that he’s got a clumsy heo-dang streak of his own. Aw. I can totally see him playing both sides, because I’d say the heo-dang force is strong with this one. In fact if I hadn’t seen him in Mandate of Heaven playing a gentle prince, I might not believe he could pull off the polished, perfect side.

Other cast additions include Han Geun-sub (Vampire Idol, My Daughter Flower), playing the hero’s best buddy, and rookie actress Lee Soo-kyung (from Coin Locker Girl, not Let’s Eat) as Ho-gu’s tomboyish twin sister who learns about dating from books.

Ho-gu’s Love is based on a webtoon (by the creator of the webtoon from which Flower Boy Next Door was adapted) and will be directed by PD Pyo Min-soo (You’ve Fallen For Me, The World They Live In), while Yoon Nan-joong is the scriptwriter (God of the Office). The two collaborated a couple years ago on the zippy tvN comedy Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, so I’m hoping this show has the same wacky sense of fun. I don’t want to get excited this early, but I’m approaching this show with some expectations.

Ho-gu’s Love will be a Monday-Tuesday drama for tvN, premiering February 9.

Via E Daily, Osen

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Yes, I´m in dire need of a frolicking, sappy rom-com to start this year off:-)

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I really enjoyed his performance in Mandate of Heaven and I'm already looking forward to this because Choi Woo-Sik is just so adorable and so deserving of a lead role.

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This looks cute romcom... Choi Woo Shik n Seulong <3
I really like Seulong in MOH n he has quite acting chops.

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I'm pretty excited for this one! I really like all 3 leads and the credits are pretty promising :) I love Choi Woo-shik. It's his first leading role so I'm really hoping the drama's good for his sake!

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Aw ok this I'm down for. Im Seulong is solid enough so that I don't have to add the clause "for an idol" and he's had a believable trajectory into (second) leading man territory. I think a TVN drama will be good for him. Not to mention Choi Woo Sik, who I heard did great in his movie Set Me Free which I haven't seen yet. But he's so funny and adorable I want him to get accolades in something light enough to showcase those facets of him. Hope the writing supports such a good cast.

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I haven't seen Im Seulong act but I like him well enough in his idol stuff so....I'm still hopeful. I really want Choi Woo Sik to have some success in a lead. *fingers crossed*

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This is so up my alley right now, can't wait for this to air

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I liked him well enough in Mandate of Heaven. Thought he was eye candy with plenty of acting potential. It's good that he's taking supporting roles to build up his acting cred rather than going for lead roles immediately as some other idol actors do.

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I like UEE and Im Seulong, and I'm up for a cute romcom. Hoping that the lead, whose name means Sucker, gets a break.

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I love Im Seulong, and now I wish he were the lead. He's an great actor, better than most idol-actors. Now I'm looking forward to this even more!

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*SQUEALL...LLL*

I am ON BOARD for this. I am so happy that Seulong got cast. He is such a cutie and I feel like he's going to be quite good here. Also him and UEE: Hot!

But damn I just realized that this will prob be a drama where I like both the leads.I'm not sure if that's better or worse than SLS lol. Either way, i'm looking forward to this!

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This first loves thing seems to never grow old in the kdrama industry, does it?

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It looks like a new year gift from tvn..
No wonder why my hearts starts thumping hard when I hear tvn. They have been churning out such great dramas lately!
p.s: Happy New year beanies!

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I always wonder why UEE? I never found her acting anything but boring but she always seems to have no trouble getting lead roles. Guess whatever she has appeals to home viewers, something like a Han Ga-in but not as pretty lol

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