Yeo Jin-gu courted for new KBS fantasy romance drama
Yessss, Yeo Jin-gu (Shoot My Heart) as a leading man in dramaland? Make it happen, KBS. There have been some false starts in the endeavor to get Yeo Jin-gu in a headlining role in a primetime drama — that is, not the child actor counterpart to the hero a la I Miss You or The Moon That Embraces the Sun — but it looks like there’s a good chance of making that happen with Orange Marmalade, a new vampire fantasy romance series being developed at KBS.
I know, more vampires? At this point I’m just glad that the vampire doesn’t have a split personality werewolf inside. Orange Marmalade is an adaptation of a webtoon of the same name by Seok Woo, about a fantasy romance between a vampire and a human set in high school. Not very original, but least this story has a twist on the average teen vampire story, because here it’s the heroine that’s a vampire.
She transfers to a new school and keeps her undead identity a secret, and there she falls in love with the hero, a regular teenage boy. He’s the popular kid at school, and that’s all we get for now, but I’m sure the human-vampire angst will fuel plenty of conflict. And let’s not forget the drama inherent in high school. CN Blue’s Lee Jong-hyun (A Gentleman’s Dignity) is also considering a supporting role, though there’s even less information on his character.
The series is being planned for the Friday night slot that Spy is currently airing in, though the setup sounds closer to the timeslot’s earlier occupant, High School: Love On, where Kim Sae-ron starred as a reaper-angel who was stuck on Earth and had to navigate high school in human form. (It was a cute fantasy drama, though it was a little too cutesy for its own good.) I do think this new drama is aiming to be a little more mature, with darker themes and more focus on romance. The webtoon seems to be full of kisses, so I think it’ll be a little more teen than tween.
In the last few years, Yeo Jin-gu has transitioned from child actor to budding movie star with projects like Hwa-yi and Shoot My Heart, as well as The Western Front, which will premiere later this year. For his sake I hope this vampire-loving teenage boy is a meaty role, because I want him to be headlining dramas for a long, long time.
Both actors are considering favorably for now. Orange Marmalade comes after Spy (and four weeks of one-act drama specials) on Friday nights beginning in May.
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