Han Groo offered leading role in Scholar Who Walks the Night
Now THAT’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout. Casting news for Han Groo (Marriage Not Dating) is always happy news, but when it’s for the leading role in a highly anticipated drama, it’s cause for celebration. Fusion vampire fantasy historical drama Scholar Who Walks the Night has been picked up by MBC for a summer broadcast, and is now courting Han Groo to play the leading lady. The show has been in development for a while, and though Park Hae-jin (Bad Guys) was in contention to star last we heard, his reps released a statement that he’s already turned it down.
The drama is an adaptation of a popular webtoon by writers Jo Joo-hee and Han Seung-hee, set in a version of Joseon where vampires walk the night. The story centers around the young daughter of a nobleman who loses everything when her father is framed for a crime. She starts crossdressing in order to sell books to make ends meet, and ends up meeting a handsome and mysterious vampire scholar. The mystery also includes an evil vampire who resides in the palace.
I know nowadays it’s a cliche to have a crossdressing heroine in a historical drama, but since the script is being penned by writer Jang Hyun-joo who worked on Coffee Prince’s adaptation, I’m hoping for some magic stardust mojo. Directing is PD Lee Sung-joon, who was the second PD on Empress Ki, May Queen, and The Moon That Embraces the Sun.
If Han Groo signs on to play the heroine, that character had better have some spunk, is all I’m saying. Don’t waste a kickass actress (Have you seen Girl K?) on a damsel in distress. It’s just all wrong. I know it’s a lot to ask, but I reeeeeeally (truly, madly, deeply) want an epic fantasy drama with a strong mythology and a sweep-you-off-your-feet romance for this. I’ve been burned by promises of grandeur before, so I don’t want to get my hopes up… Aw, who’re we kidding, my hopes are up and away, damn them.
Scholar Who Walks the Night is being planned for the Wednesday-Thursday slot following the Hong sisters drama Jeju Island Gatsby, which puts the premiere sometime in July.
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