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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.


Lee Jong-hyun

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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YES PLEASE.

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ouhh I love this webtoon. Please please please Yeo Jin Goo! Jonghyun as Han Si Hoo?

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where can I read or watch this??
Its sounds too interesting to my tastes!!

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You can read on Mangahere for complete ep, or official translation on Line Webtoon but still 34 eps

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thanks budy!
I already checked it out on some sites and I found it interesting!

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I've read Orange Caramel and I don't think it would make a good drama. Decent webtoon, yes, but it's no Misaeng.

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*Orange Marmalade

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So far webtoon adaptation to drama I have only enjoy Misaeng & Dr Frost.

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Oh I actually read Orange Marmalade so I'm looking forward to this. It's different than the standard drama so hopefully the adaption will be too.

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I have read Orange Marmalade, and I love it. I think done in the right hands it could be a pretty adorable drama, and Yeo Jin Goo would be perfect for Jae Min. My guess is Jun-Hyun is probably being considered for second lead Si Hoo.

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YES TO YEO JIN GU (is he still jail bait? I cant keep track anymore)

Question is - who will be his female lead?

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That's a very important question. She would have to be about the same age as him though, no leading lady in her 20's pretending to be a teenager a la Hi School Love On.

As much as I liked that drama, the romantic scenes had me cringing. It was hard to ignore that she was a 14 year old girl and he was in his twenties.

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What? Kim Sae-Ron is 14/15 lol

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I really hope it's Kim So Hyun! She's wonderful and they'd be adorable together. I also wouldn't mind seeing him with Kim Sae Ron. :)

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Yes to that! I loved them together in I Miss You. A really good drama until the teens grew up...

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Yes, he is still jail bait (only 17). I hope he follows Yoo Seung Ho's lead with his career. He should work hard for the next couple of years and then go into the military as soon as he is eligible. Then when he comes back, his age will match his voice/body and I will feel 100% less guilty fawning over him.

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I don't think I will ever feel less guilty.

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"At this point I’m just glad that the vampire doesn’t have a split personality werewolf inside."

You joke but, dude, I would actually watch this simply for hi-jinks!

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I was totally going to comment and say the same thing!! That's not a bad idea!

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So would I. :P

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Woah...for once, I've actually read the webtoon (haven't finished it, but liked it).

YAY Yeo Jin-gu!!!

I'm interested in who they cast as the female lead, because the character in the webtoon is pretty awesome, from what I can remember.

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We all know Yeo Jin Gu is pure awesome. I mean he acted circles around his adult counterpart Kim Soo Hyun in Moon that Embraces the Sun. (Hate me if you will but HE DID just like Kim Yoo Jung did Han Ga In - albeit a much easier feat.)

However, since the female is the vampire then it's that casting that will make or break the drama. I hope they do well so that good things happen for YJG.

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Don't worry. You are not even worth my hatred, but my laughs. Really.

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He can act circles around Kim Soo Hyun any day of the week. :').

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I agree. Yeo Jin Gu is just awesome.

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No hate but I disagree. Kim Soo Hyun is a great actor. I understand why people likes to compare him with the whole world :)

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Kim Soo Hyun is overrated. What? Hate me for my own opinion? Suit yourself.

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No need to hate anyone for their comments... I understand the motivation behind people's negative comments. It's all about making one feel better.

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poor KSH, i wouldnt base my opinion of his talent on that atrocious drama. all the child actors made their adult counterparts look mediocre tbh. KSH is a good actor, maybe not great yet but definitely good. that drama was just bad all around. never got why it had such good ratings tbh. (covertly, greatly is a much better example of what KSH can do as an actor)

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Poor ksh ? So hilarious. Ksh fans must die of laughing their ass off reading this comment. I will never understand why some psychos are still trying hard to think that the phenomenal success of that drama was all thanks to the first 5.5 eps of the whole 20 ones.

@peabody: not surprised, either. These days, even the popularity of some korean actors can be measured by simply being higher than KSH in any random polls.

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Im not really into vampire thingy, but PLEASE HAVE YEO JIN GOO AS THE LEAD PLEASE

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Hey, I'm finally familiar with a webtoon!
I don't think this is a good one to make an adaptation out of, though. The story's not great, although some of the plot points are.
Hopefully the drama puts it's own creative style on it to keep the drama interesting.
(Also, is it me or does Yeo jin gu never age? I feel like he's been 16-17 forever. It's like he refuses to be legal lol. I'm not even perving, I just feel like I'm getting older and older and he just stays the same age.)

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The female lead must be able to sing, and has beautiful voice.
Who do you think can do it? =)

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Ha Yeon Soo?? (I just want a reunion, honestly lol)

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lee yoo bi? she is pale enough and got acting talent too!

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Lee Yoo Bi is born in 1990, too old for this role

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with the amnt of BB cream they put on actresses in any drama. then pretty much all of them would be "pale enough". but yeah she's too grown regardless.

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Oh Lee YooBi would be perfect! Though I love her quirkiness in Pinocchio, I can suddenly imagine her in the role now that you mentioned it.

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IU?

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I was thinking the same. :). Iu looks young. I think she can still pass as a high school student. But if it's not iu, a reunion with kim so hyun or ha yeon soo does'nt sound bad

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I love IU but...no thank u lol. i'm sick of 20+ year olds playing teens. plus jin gu has been with alot of great other child actresses that he had good chemistry with. makes more sense to cast one of them as his leading lady. those girls deserve a leading role too. IU has had a few, and while i adore her as a person and singer as an actress, she's not that impressive to me (but i'll always love her Dream High character). would be a waste to cast her next to a person even younger than her but can act circles around her. (i never mind age gaps, but he's a minor so...lets pair him with other minors yes?)

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Honestly IU's first name who came to my mind, she will be suitable for this character, she can sing and play guitar well. But I prefer teen actress for this role.

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Moon Ga Young!!! She's less than a year older than him and I thing she's a great young actress

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honestly IU
as the female lead not only needs to sing but also plays the guitar

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Yay! Im in! It was my first webtoon :)

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I love the female lead and her family. The society can't accept the vampires. She drinks pig blood, sing at her aunt's bar and she actually sucks the male lead's neck accidentally the first time they met. He is like bella male version with the irristible blood smell.

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No offense, but that sounds disgusting. But then again, I've never understood the vampire hype - they're just giant immortal mosquitos to me.

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Vampire..............mehhhhhhhhhhhh

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Enh about Orange Marmalade... definitely dropped it after a few chapters. I'd be more excited about this if it was an adaptation of unTouchable.
But I'm sure he'll do well as a leading actor. Surprised he hasn't had much as one yet. Talented.

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Omg, Untouchable please! That's one of the few webtoons that really made me giddy with emotions. I would love to see it adapted on screen. For some reason, I keep seeing Ahn Jaehyun in the main role (probably the bowl cut), although acting-wise I wish not. Plus it would be nice to see the female lead actually acknowledged as beautiful, instead of just "plain" despite the actress's obvious beauty.

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but unTouchable hasn't been done yet... hmmm i'm so sad

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After DID, now vampire trend., all of them on KBS :D
Waiting for the next trend :)

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I almost don't care what he stars in as long as he's the main. Since that beautiful child played the young Iljimae and impressed me, I've been a big fan. Now he looks like a man and certainly talks like one (what a voice! ), and can act oh so magnificently.

The plot sounds like it would be good and how refreshing that the female is the vampire. I don't think I can *not* watch this.

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Somehow I think it will be important for the saving of my soul that I not watch this boy in particular in a vampire drama.

He can do one when he's 18 and then I'll watch. I will still feel really guilty, but I will watch.

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I've read it but I don't really like it. Dropped it after a few chapters.

I was hoping Cheese In The Trap is remade faster than this webtoon. The news of CITT webtoon being remade into a drama has been going on since long ago but there's no new news after then :/

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Never read nor heard of the webtoon but when I think of him, kim so hyun just pops into my mind.

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agree!!!

they are both so amazing alone, and even greater together.

I started to hate "I miss you" after the real story began, because I loved it so much when these two were on the screen. They seemed so mature and acted so naturally, it was heartbreaking to see their adult counterparts ruin what they build up (well except Yoo Seung Ho .. finished the drama for him <3)

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I've read it before and I ship Ma Ri and Si Hoo more than the otp.

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If he's the popular kid in school, that means he smiles a lot-- right? Uh oh, I'm gonna be in big trouble.

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Well, his character is somewhat cold. He hates it when women touches him

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So many people have read the webtoon - does that mean it's been translated into English? I'll have to look it up.

I'm glad for once the girl gets to be the one with the angsty secret identity, but knowing kdramas I'm sure even though she's the vampire they'll find a way to make it all about the guy's angst instead.

Sorry for my pessimism, I'm just in a bad mood this morning.

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The female lead is SO important to the story and she needs to make sense as a high school student / vampire

My vote? Moon Ga Young!

I think she has the right on-screen presence for a role like this and as a plus she's totally age appropriate for Jin Goo~

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It makes so much sense that this is in the same time slot as Hi School Love On, considering the two are both fantasy slice of life dramas set in a high school.

Having read the webtoon, If you've seen HSLO you'll understand much of the conflict in Orange Marmalade, since most of the focus is on her keeping her vampire identity a secret from the world. However there is an added layer of complexity to that, since the world KNOWS that vampires exist but they fear them and discriminate against them. Moreover the heroine's love interest especially hates vampires.

Personally I really like the high school slice of life dramas so I'm looking forward to this, especially since Yeo Jin Gu is such a great actor. I'm secretly hoping they cast Kim So Hyun as Ma Ri ^^ but that's just because I want a Missing You reunion. They might end up with an idol as the heroine...

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the webtoon is pretty good but i don't know how i feel about it as a drama, its a bit mainstream

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what? you mean they are making a drama where a teen is played by a GASP actual teen???? waaaat. but in all seriousness i'm excited about a drama where the vampire is finally a girl. i'd be willing to check that out for that alone but yeo jin gu too? count me in. i hope they pick a good leading lady for him. there's quite a few choices in terms of great young actresses his age.

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Well, at least the girl is the vampire this time. That's a bit of a change hahha

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mai gawd, first D.I.D trend, now vampire? please drama, be good! i hated Twilight, but cuz i loves yeo jin gu, I'm gonna make an exception if the drama is good. I'm blown away by his acting in Hwayi and I hope this drama won't disappointing.

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Yes to Lee Jong Hyun! I really liked him in Gentleman's Dignity. I'm not familiar with the webtoon but I've read so many comments saying that the female lead is so important. I'm actually so curious as to who they'll cast.

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i'm familiar with that webtoon and it's good (well for me) up to the point that I've been reading raws from Naver haha. For those asking where to read, it's completed early January 2014...here:
http://mangafox.me/manga/orange_marmalade/

and for the heroine, im crossing fingers for Kim Yoo Jung! They are the OTP that I've been dying to see on-screen again ever since TMoonETSun

i hope it wont disappoint and they wont mess since the storyline of the webtoon/manhwa is pretty good
goodluck to YJG!

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Kim Yoo Jung already has a new drama, Angry Mom in MBC..
My choice would be Kim So Hyun instead.

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I've read the webtoon few months ago and I loved it. I'm curious as to who they'll cast as Ma Ri's younger brother, he's super cute as young vampire. Looking forward to this.

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Yay! Orange Maramalade! And Yeo Jin-Gu! More yay! Actually, the webtoon sort of got boring for me towards the end, but it's definitely lots of cute and I liked that they tried to tackle issues outside the romance. I have hopes that they'll be able to condense and tighten the storyline when they adapt it into drama form. And I absolutely adore Yeo Jin-Gu, so there's already a high probability that I'm going to watch this. We'll see.

That said, I'm a lot more pumped for the CitT adaptation. Ugh, I love that webtoon (especially Seol) to pieces. S3 is still on hiatus and my Thursdays are so bleak. I hope we get some moves in the drama production soon. :3

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I love CITT too. Even I imagine Woo Bin as In Ho and Joong Ki as Yoo Jung Sunbae (they're too old for that roles though :D).

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Wow, so it's the vampire era now. I actually read Orange Marmalade before. I sort of liked it but I forgot what made me drop it.

Well, I'm looking forward to Yeo Jin Gu in dramaland as always. I'm also wishing for TMETS reunion with Yoo Jung but it will be too much of a long shot, right? haha

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I swear to god if they cast a older female for the lead, I will slit the throat (not mine, but of PDs lol). I want Kim So Hyun please, just because their kiss in I miss you didn't satisfy me T_T

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Kyaaaaaaa!!!! I've read this webtoon til the end and now its gonna come to lifeee!!!! Mari and Jaemin - I love Jingu but I think a taller guy will fit Jaemin (he's a basketball player). Keke.. No offense! I still love Jin gu!

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I love the webtoon so I hope that they won't ruin this.. The whole webtoon is a bit darker but sweet and not just some ordinary teensy romance.. I disagree with the friday only once airing, I hope that they find another schedule for this and not make it into another High School Love On setting... honestly, I love High School Love On but it seems too slow for me.. with only once airing and a lot of interruptions in airing.. it becomes boring for me. I think that the show itself will grab the fans and I hope that they wouldn't change it. and FYI Yeo Jin-gu is good for the role butttt.... Jaemin in the story is a basketball player.. soooo... needs more height for that.

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honestly having read the webtoon i have to say that i know i won't like the ending :(. it was a good webtoon but without saying spoilers i just wanted shihoo to have the girl T.T or hopefully they can go different form the webtoon and not make it so rushed near the end. hopefully..

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crap, I read that webtoon and it's really bad. Maybe they can make it better...? I mean the premise was fun, it's just that every character was unlikeable.

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I love the webtoon but I just don't see yeo jingu as jung jaemin, and it's hard to see any actress fit baek mari.

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Oh please, Yeo Jin Gu... PLEASE accept this role!

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Is he old enough now for me not to feel guilty about drooling all over him? Ohpleasesayyes!

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nooooope, sorry still jail bait :((( see that person in the corner crying? yea thats me... wann join?! ^^

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I will totally join you to cry in the corner!!! *sobs*

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sorry can't picture Yeo Jin gu as Jung Jae min.. rather have Lee Min ho 1993..

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he doesn't fit the height though..

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OMG YES A YEO JIN GU LEAD DRAMA?! MAKE IT HAPPEN! I DON'T CARE IF IT'S ABOUT VAMPIRES!

(I'm actually kinda intrigued by it being a sexy female vampire vs. the usual brooding AND sexy male vampire...this is interesting...)

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I always have to contain my excitement when it comes to Yeo Jin-gu. When are you coming out of the jail-bait zone, I want my admiration for you to be guilt-free /cries

Hm yes, this is good news, I mean having him back to dramaland. We'll see about the drama itself as we get more details about it and most importantly who will be the female lead (maybe a MTETS reunion with either Kim Yoo-jung or Kim So-hyun?)

Anyway, definitely a project to keep an eye on

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Apparently The writer for this we toon based the female character on IU and he wished shed play the part if it ever was turned into a drama. She can pass as a high schooler well but idk how to feel any the age gap :/

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Well, it's only 4 years. I mean, he was paired with Ha Yeon Soo and they had great chemistry and it didn't look/feel icky even though there's a real-life age gap of 7 years. Hehe personally, I think it's just all about selling it as actors and making us believe the characters that they're playing. Plus, IU looks young for her age and Yeo Jin Goo looks older than his 18 years so it could work. I think IU would be able to bring some of her own charm to the role - I hope she receives an offer :)

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Orange marmalade? Wow. I've read it before and it's finally gonna have it's own drama? I really want to see the scene where they perform for the carnival. And hopefully the drama will be better that the original. Or at least good to watch.

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vampire fantasy romance series

HA! Solely through the sheer force of my WILL, I am bringing more and more vampire series into being! ::mad scientist laugh: Mwhahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

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Jonghyun probably playing Han Si Hoo, the female lead's vampire fiance
he fits the physical description of the character- pale, white hair, cold vampire looks and aura

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