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Eom Ki-joon up for new Hong sisters drama Warm and Cozy

There was some panic in the air when news came out that Kim Woo-bin (Heirs) had taken himself out of the running to star in the new Hong sisters drama Warm and Cozy (formerly Jeju Island Gatsby), but his agency thankfully refuted the story. He’s still not confirmed — he and Kang So-ra are still considering their offers to headline, but I guess he’s not NOT doing the drama. I know, thanks for the breadcrumb.

The new MBC rom-com was previously called Jeju Island Gatsby (which I liked, darn it), but has changed its title to Warm and Cozy — the phrase is a Jeju Island colloquialism that means “warm in a feel-good way,” with a down-home sort of feel that’s inherent in the dialect. So, Warm and Cozy. The Hong sisters writing duo is re-teaming with PD Park Hong-kyun of Best Love, which I hope means that we can expect the same brand of pee-your-pants funny in their new collaboration.

Eom Ki-joon is now in talks to co-star, and though we we’re not told anything about the role that he’s been offered, I can guarantee it’ll be a huge departure from his last character in the dark thriller Golden Cross. I hope he signs on, because Eom Ki-joon is fantastic in comedic roles (Dream High, Scent of a Woman), especially as the sweet and bumbling nerd. Lee Sung-jae (King’s Face) has also been cast in a supporting role; perhaps he’ll get to depart from his usual villainy as well.

The producers are still really vague about the details of the drama’s plot, so all we know for now is that it’s a romantic comedy set in Jeju, about young people who move down to the island to escape the suffocating city life. It’s described as a “healing romance,” but that’s what all the romances are called these days; just as long as we’re not healing anyone with multiple personalities, I think I’m good with just about anything else. Now all we need are some actual casting confirmations!

Warm and Cozy follows Angry Mom on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning in May.

Via My Daily, Osen

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It means Kim woo bin is not likely to join this drama? I really want to see him in a drama.

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Geez so is Kim Woo Bin & Kang Sora in or not?

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Who knows.. Atm I think we can conclude with them being Schrödinger's cat as far as the casting goes.

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Kim Woo Bin declined the role but Kang Sora is still in considering stage.

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"he and Kang So-ra are still considering"

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I'm still holding firm in believing that KWB and KSR will do this drama.... pppppplllleeeaaaseee dramagods

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The title Jeju Island Gatsby was amazing already! Why did they have to change it?

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yeah, 'Warm and Cosy' sounds like the name of a room heater brand, not, you know, a story. It's so generic and boring after the Gatsby reference.

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But after the uproar over the ending of Big, shouldn't we be glad the Gatsby reference was deleted?

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I dunno, if he wears eyeliner, I might be inspired to "heal" him through romance. Haha.

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Crap, I really wanted to skip this since it has been years since Hong sisters produced a decent drama (imho), but they've got Eum Ki Joon and Kang Sora...

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Wow Eom Ki Joon! I think he is almost confirmed for this drama since his musical schedules for April-May are strictly on Fridays only, all other days are clear of schedules.
I always love him as cold villain but with depth like in Phantom, but I'll take anything with Eom Ki Joon in it. I miss him

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So is KWB still considering? I wanted to see him + Kang Sora.... Hong sisters usually choose good couples.

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Never really liked Kim Woo-bin, so this is good news for me. Love Eom Ki Joon though, so I hope he will accept. Not sure why he's so often the second lead though, I think he has enough talent to headline.

In any case, I will really be looking forward to finding out who the male lead is!

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oh wait... went bank to read that KWB's "not not doing the drama". Haha, casting round confusion. I guess I'll just wait and see how this all pans out!

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I think it's because he prefers villain roles? (I read his interview somewhere...) Some of his second lead roles are villain like in Golden Cross and Phantom. In musicals he is almost always the lead though

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Well, I've never been a Hong-sisters fan. Their characters are everything I hate to see in dramas (typical, cliched cold, chaebol dude with the typical, cliched dumb candy girl), and the story elements are usually nothing special. My girlfriend is a gumiho might have been the only exception, to a certain degree, which is why I can step up and say I actually liked it without feeling ashamed.

I'll watch the first episode of this one if Woobin and Sora are cast. Otherwise, I'll be waiting for reviews to see if it's worth the look.

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Have you ever watched Hong Gil Dong? It's the only Hong sisters drama that doesn't recycle the same storyline.

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Please no - HGD was pretty awful, and Sung Yuri's acting was even worse.

Also, the heroine in "The Greatest Love" wasn't dumb, just downtrodden and the hero (Dokko Jin), while having an outward "cool" image, was really an insecure little kid inside - which is why DJ had such a great bromance w/ "DingDong" despite the wide age gap.

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The Hong sisters, however, are probably overrated in their writing skills.

Some things they do well - such as giving their main characters funny/cute mannerisms/sayings, but they tend to be weak w/ secondary characters and the overall story-line (esp. the last 3rd of their shows).

Of the Hong sisters shows I have watched, the best was TGL, followed by "Master's Sun" and then MGIAG; while I absolutely loved the character Mi-ho (and Shina Mina's portrayal), the secondary characters and the how the series resolved its essential plot-line was too cliche (really, a marriage scene and characters just missing each other as they pass each other by?).

But "My Girl", HGD and "Big" were just plain awful.

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Master's Sun actually made fun of the Candy concept, and the heroine was not dumb at all. Even in My Girl/DGCH, the heroines were actually smart, not just sitting down to take jerk rich guy's behavior.

But the Hong sisters can be bad at it sometimes. And Big was horrible.

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I can't speak for these dramas, my memory of them is very blurry (probably due to an abuse of skipping parts). I vaguely remember Master's sun not being TOO bad, but even then I couldn't watch it until the end. You're beautiful I did watch until the end, and I still wonder why haha I guess it should be up there as an "exception" with MGIAG, but even as I was watching I saw no value in it so...

I think my problem is that in general, the characters of the Hong sisters really don't appeal to me, the humor tends to feel exaggerated (I feel like it's for a young audience - like, quite young), and the plot is not original. But, to answer Sour Grapes's question, I did not watch Hong Gil Dong. Maybe I'll try it out someday. And I don't completely close doors. They might come up with something I'll really enjoy in the future (maybe this one?)

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Don't bother.

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But how can reviews help you much when most people do love their dramas such as Best Love and Master's Sun? I also watched after reading all the raves but in the end they were less than memorable for me.

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Delightful Girl Choon hyang and My Girl were their first dramas (even today, DGCH remains one of my faves) and both had really fun protagonists, and some of my favorite OTPs, so maybe those ones will change your mind. I LOVED My Girlfriend's a Gumiho, but admit to not being a huge fan of You're Beautiful, Big, and Best Love either (and even Master's Sun didn't rank too high for me, though I liked it more than the others). Hong Gil Dong was okay, but if I remember correctly, it did have a lot of pointless potty humor in the beginning, though it did feel different from their other series as a whole.

Still looking forward to this one though. ^_^

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"just as long as we’re not healing anyone with multiple personalities"

Bwahahaha we had enough of THAT "trend" ...Someone give that, time slips and noona romances a rest for a decade or two plz!

Seems Woobin ah wants to focus on his film career, which seems to be going well for him. So no surprise if he - in fact - turned this down (which is still a mystery at this point). Also from the looks of it, his role won't be anything special so it's probably why he's thinking HARD about accepting or not.

It'll be interesting to see who'll end up filling his shoes if does opt out!

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"Bwahahaha we had enough of THAT “trend” …Someone give that, time slips and noona romances a rest for a decade or two plz!"

AMEN!

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yeah they better not make that a trend. Not least because it's impossible to top Ji Sung!

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Well I haven't watched KMHM, but I have seen some of Ji Sung's other work and he's a fab actor...So I'd say let him be the one who'd leave his final fingerprint on this trend!

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Woobin ah, please accept this! I can't wait to see your turn as leading man!!

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Hong Sisters wrote some of my favorite drama (My GF is a Gumiho and Fantasy Couple) so even though their a hit or miss to me, I still look forward to the drama their making.

If Kim Woo Bin won't accept, I hope they cast actors like Ji Chang Wook, Park Seo Joon or Jang Geum Suk.

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JCW is a good option, but isn't he enlisting soon?

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He's a 1987er, so there's still time for him to pick another project. Even Yoo Chun the 1986er is doing a drama.

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Ah that's cool then and it would be an explosive combo, tho I heard it's more geared towards the female role...Would he do it after healer's success?

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The real question here is - would the production extend an offer to JCW (that is, if KWB's really dropped this)?

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Oh why wouldn't they? I think they're both fab actors, I know KWB is more "famous" due to Heirs but acting wise I think they're pretty much on the same level...Healer was a craze too, so I'd assume JCW was propelled to similar heights, no?

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We don't know the inner working of the production though. Who knows, maybe they think JCW doesn't suit the image they're looking for, or maybe the sponsors don't want him in. There are many other reasons to explain why a production don't seek certain actors. Anything can happen, right? :)

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Well, we've had killing romances and healing romances, and Kill Me Heal Me and Perry Park - now, if we could get Dr Poopypants with a Jeju-do accent and a couple of extra personalities, I'm sure the Hong Sisters could work with that!

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Dr Poopypants is all I associate UKJ with :X

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UGH PHEW so glad he's still considering for the role! I almost had a heart attack when I read elsewhere that he has completely declined the role. Well I could still hope! :D

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Now that HJM is ending and the cast is almost free from that .. mess ~, I would really want Sung Joon to take this up in case Kim Woo Bin decided against doing this. It will probably be an unpopular choice since he's definitely not an A-lister yet, but I really really really want him to headline something already! I'm such a biased fangirl for him and it sucks to see him doing second lead roles in the big 3 eeeeeep. ):

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Danggit don't make me watch this Eom Ki-joon PLEASE!
*Light bulb* he should do Hidden Identity instead. ^_^

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YES Eom Ki-joon , one of my favorite ajusshi possibly back on my screen !!!! So he is not the lead... aaaaaaaaah. If Kim Woo-bin ends up declining, I would love to see Park Seo Joon, Kim jin work (wait isn't he up for a new project soon ??), or Lee soo hyuk in the lead.

But really as long as Kang Sora and Eom Ki-joon are in I'll be watching + I like Hong sister drama in general the only exception would be MGFG. So big yes, I'm excited for this.

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“healing romance" Pffft!!

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Please let KWB decline...and send the offer to JCW.

JCW did an interview last week with MBC and the host ask him if his next project will be with MBC and he nodded "most likely". I hope it's this one...or maybe a reunion with HJW for "In time with you?"

Well...I'm just a girl dreaming...but you never know.

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Oh a reunion with HJW would be awesome, I loved them in EK!! He was like a lost little puppy and she hardly looks her age...Not sure if her lead in the TW remake is of the same age or younger though!

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The leads in in original drama are of the same age.They cant change that in the remake either coz the story is about best friends from high school. Still the actor's age doesn' matter as long as they look believable as classmates. Has HJW accepted the offer?

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Oh I see! I just read that she's considering doing a movie with the Taiwanese actor of the original drama. So I'm not sure if she has or hasn't, or if it's all media play or what's going on. She was fantastic with JCW in EK, I couldn't tell she was 9 years older than him...He's Big built/tall and muscular...He doesn't have a baby face either, so it could be believable i think

I hope they'll consider, I'll watch that combo any time any day!

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JCW pretty much confirmed his new movie and his musical is still going on so I don't think he has time for another drama this summer.

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Oh a movie? What is it about, I didn't read news...Could you please elaborate? Who's his leading lady?!

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Fabricated City, which is about a jobless game addict, who gets involved in a rape case. He's positively considering it and his co-star is said to be Shim Eunkyung. Nothing is 100% confirmed tho ~

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Oh okie, thanks!

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KWB definitely declined the offer, his agency only said he's still considering because they saw the negative reaction to the news, and I'm not talking about fangirls being upset, but about people bashing KWB and his agency for playing with the public.

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'playing with the public'? But what did his agency do, besides confirm that he was offered the role? Which was backed up by MBC, too.

Or are they mad he didn't accept it right away, because god knows I would like a speedy confirmation but if boyfriend needs time to think it over and the drama is almost two months away from premiere, I don't get what's wrong with that. I mean, Kang Sora hasn't confirmed yet either.

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lol, how about KSR's agency? her agency rejected and then stated that she positive considered it. doesnt her agency also "play with the public?"

dont understand why this is KWB and his agency's fault for rejecting this drama. many actors/actresses reject drama/movie all the time. do those artists also "play with the public?"

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don't make up staff.

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awwww, so he probably won't take it? :(

I knew this recent round of awesome casting news was too good to be true, no one's actually confirmed their acceptances yet! (I still have my eyes peeled for Kang Sora, Han Groo, Lee Yubi and Lee Jun-ki to accept their drama offers already!)

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also I see that one of the reasons given for the initial refusal is that the drama doesn't have a script yet......even if it's the Hong sisters, I doubt Kim Woo-bin can go entirely on faith for this one.

(and they are known for planning out their shows well in advance so not having a script to show potential leads at this stage isn't exactly inspiring confidence.)

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I'm honestly confused as to why Kim Woo Bin has not jumped to take the lead in this drama. If I recall, he has yet to have a leading part in a drama. Also, this is a Hong Sisters drama which is almost certain to do well (with a few exceptions). I'm surprised the cast isn't already confirmed at this point. Pretty sure casting for Master's Sun was done well before it aired.

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Two reasons:

1. He might want to focus more on doing movies, the prestige and working conditions are better and he has two successful ones to his credit already.

2. I don't know if tv carries the prestige it did even two years ago considering how far ratings have fallen. Even if it is the Hong sisters, I can understand why he might be reluctant to sign without an actual script in hand.

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however, tv dramas provide global exposure beyond asia - so i'd think actors would benefit more from the small screen.

tv drama schedules and conditions are demanding... but korean movies get filmed and released within several months.

in the US, it takes years to get a movie through post-production and release, doesn't it?

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well, as someone pointed out elsewhere, Jeon Ji-hyun didn't do any dramas for 15 years and was still a top star.

Plenty of the top stars of Chungmuro today are people who have actively avoided doing dramas as soon as they had one decent role, and don't seem to have suffered for it since they are still as in demand and respected as ever. (Ha Jung-woo, Im Soo-jung, Kang Dong-won....)

Dramas are good in that they can be a litmus test of an actor's ability to portray a character over an extended period of time. I have no patience for people who suck in dramas and then blame the system for it.

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I can say kim woo bin nowhere near jun ji hyun level for him to be respected in movie area. His leading movie also got bad critic for acting and script. It becomes fishy when he rejecting hong sister drama. Maybe he wants to find another bad guy role like heirs? If he is not varied his roles in future he will be labelled as typecast actor who can do one type of role only.

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@guess - That doesn't alter my point in the slightest, which is that many Korean actors stick to doing only film, have done so since quite early in their careers (i.e. the same stage Kim Woo-bin is at now) and have grown well as actors for it.

I really would like KWB to take this drama but the amount of entitlement some people seem to feel about it is off-putting, to say the least. He isn't obliged to take it just because it's being offered to him.

And as many have pointed out, the Hong sisters are not perfect guarantees of success and this past year have seen shows struggling to reach even 11 percet in ratings. While Korean movies, on the other hand, have been hitting it big at the box office all year. Guess which one a person with common sense would choose?

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What is wrong with that guys shirt? four monograms and none of them the same? Is it a demonstration of an embroidery machines capabilities?

I am confused.

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it reads New Amsterdam to me.

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WHAAAAAT A TREAAAAAAT UHM KIJOON for Hong Sisters drama! Oh, if the dramaland gods will allow, give him a starring role in a Hong Sisters romcom! Plssssss! If this happens, I feel I have fulfilled my purpose on Earth!!

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Love Eom Ki Joon. If he takes it I'm in. Still praying for Kang Sora and Kim Woo Bin, though. They've piqued my interest with that pairing, I want it! ):

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Before Big, I would have questioned his decision not to jump at anything they wrote.
Let's hope he reconsiders.

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Here's a thought, if Woo-bin declines the lead, can they offer it to Seo In-gook instead? I won't consider myself a fan or anything since I've only really watched him in two roles Savvy and Master's Sun but I think he's a pretty good actor. Considering I paid more attention to him in Master's Sun than the main leads. Or perhaps Lee Soo-hyuk?

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After King's Face, I'm kind of hoping SIG sticks to cable, where he really shines. I feel like the networks don't really get him. Maybe the Hong Sisters could overcome that; he can certainly pull off their brand of toilet humor. But I really am not sure about him doing their typical male lead: the dude who takes himself too seriously and is thus unintentionally funny. I guess he was a bit like that in Answer Me (which, why haven't you seen that?), but I feel like his chemistry with Eunjie made his straight man schtck work.

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I was excited to see Kang So Ra in casting news because my only memory of her pre- misaeng was in doctor champ.

Completely different worlds of course! Woo Bin-i I can take or leave, but let's keep So Ra please drama gods!

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I want Woo-bin and Kang So-ra to star in this drama. Am already so excited when I heard about the casting ♡ I hope they accept it!

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I love him!

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Theres reports that Woo Bin turned it down... Now idk who Id like for that role... wish they give Kang Ha Neul his 1st leading role with this -since I kinda wanted a BaekGi-YoungYi romance and never got it- but having no idea of the plot or characters is a bit difficult to picture a certain actor
when i read "healing romance", I can only think about how im still mourning KMHM!! after that drama that sounded like the biggest mistake in dramaland -7 PERSONALITIES?!really?!-became one of my favs, I'm like "bring it on! bring me all yo healing romances, dramaland!" XD

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Just saw him on new music video of Huh Gak - April Snow. The song is good, make me miss him. Please return to drama land soon

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So news broke today that Kim Woo-bin has turned the drama down, definitively.

The field for male lead is wide open now, but I really, REALLY hope Kang Sora confirms and that it turns out well.

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Is this really true? Kim Woo Bin turned it down? WHAT a disappointment. I am late to the news of this new Hong Sister's drama.

Please say it is NOT true. I know he can be a polarizing actor. A little uncertain why... Speaking from totally rose-tinted glasses, I ADORE him and I thought he saved Heirs. ha! I do. I thought he was the best part of the show. Krystal and her smarty pants boyfriend were also adorable and gave the show much needed light that was stupidly heavy and melodramatic.

KIM WOO BIN Come back!

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