Hong Jong-hyun courted to be Yoochun’s rival in Sensory Couple
There’s new casting development for SBS’s new supernatural drama Sensory Couple, though sadly not for a leading lady — Kim Ji-won turned out not to be in the running to star after all, which breaks my heart. I don’t know why a drama that was once called Girl Who Sees Smells can’t manage to cast a girl, but I’ll hold out hope that it’s taking extra time because they want to cast someone awesome. Right? In the meantime, Yoochun (Three Days) is still in talks to headline the series, and Hong Jong-hyun (Mama, Dating Agency Cyrano) has now been offered a role as the second lead.
The webtoon adaption comes from the writer of Rooftop Prince and the PD of Pumpkin Flower Innocence, and tells the story of a young man and woman who are both entangled in a three-year-old case called the Barcode Murder. The hero loses his little sister and many of his sensory abilities, and later becomes a cop, while the heroine survives the same incident and gains hyper-senses. Her particular ability is that she can see smells, and as a side-effect of the trauma, she also loses her memories of the events.
Hong Jong-hyun is considering a role as Yoochun’s rival, an executive at a gaming company. The character is quick to smile and always very sunny, mostly because he grew up in the best of circumstances and has nothing to be upset about. He’s kind to everyone and knows how to compromise when he works, and he’s even humble to boot. He can’t be this perfect — what’s his deep dark secret?
His company is the talk of the mobile gaming world, and five years ago he was returning to Korea and fell in love with a flight attendant at first sight. That sets us up for the love triangle, between the cop hero who’s trying to solve a murder case and protect our heroine at the same time, and the wealthy gaming exec who’s been searching for her all these years. I just hope they give Hong Jong-hyun’s character a quirk or two, because too perfect is boring. The murder mystery, romance, and supernatural angle could make this a really fun show, so let’s all cross our fingers for the right smell-seeing heroine to come along and make everything click into place.
Sensory Couple follows Hyde, Jekyll, Me on Wednesdays and Thursdays in April.
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