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Park Hae-jin signs on for webtoon-adapted drama Cheese in the Trap

After being mentioned in conjunction with the project for a while, Park Hae-jin (Bad Guys, Doctor Stranger) has confirmed his next project as the drama Cheese in the Trap, based on the popular webtoon of the same name.

The webtoon centers around a university student, Hong-seol, and the perfect-seeming university sunbae, Yoo-jung, who becomes her boyfriend. The plot description was incredibly vague — a story about their conflicts, love, and various experiences — so I started reading the webtoon to get a feel for it… only to conclude that that’s a pretty apt description since the story is fairly small-scale and slice-of-life. Turns out, it’s difficult to ascribe more plot to it when it’s so simple (at least as far as I’ve read), but admittedly it does have an unexpected pull.

For instance, one steady source of interest comes in trying to figure out who the character of Yoo-jung really is; he seems pretty straightforward on the outside as the good-looking, good-natured, well-mannered boy-next-door type, except that he’s SO nice and friendly and thoughtful that the heroine, Hong-seol, eyes him with suspicion and cynicism, wondering what he’s actually after. Since we see everything through her eyes, he becomes something of an intriguing puzzle, which she tries to work out as they run into each other in classes, hang out with classmates, and encounter other campus experiences.

Park Hae-jin said that he took the role partly because of such strong fan support for the idea of him playing Yoo-jung, and I can see why he’s a good fit (even if I think he’s rather old to be playing a university student). Yoo-jung is kind and genial on the outside, but described as inscrutable and harboring a “frightening hidden side.” Both sides are things Park Hae-jin portrays well, on top of looking the part to a tee.

Cheese in the Trap is being produced by Eight Weeks, the company that did OCN’s crime thriller God’s Quiz. No word yet on a broadcaster or timeslot.

Via Mk.co.kr

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FINALLY I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FOR SO LONG

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Me too! Was kind of sad when Park Hae Jin passed up Scholar Who Walks the Night but super excited now that he's playing Yoo Jung. Cannot wait for this drama to air!! Just praying for the rest of the casting, script, and PD to be good!

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OMG OMG my fav webtoon. Please cast a good suitable female lead, hored a good writer and PD. I hope they wont cast only based on popularity. Not talentless popular actress but also please not underage talented actress. Maybe someone like Ju song min or Kim Ji won

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YES. KIM JI WON PLS

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The drama will need to be filmed somewhere in October for her to be available, but since they don't even have a broadcast yet I'm sure they won't start filming until fall, so there's a chance for her to star in it. I was hoping for her to star in Bride of the water god since she kinda looks like the character with her bangs, but alas there's no word on that drama.

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+1!!!
Maybe i'm greedy but heck I need more of her after DOTS, preferably a lead role. though I also want her to be in the adaptation of Bride of the water god. *dreams*

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I want her in everything too. Please gave this girl a great lead character for once. She has suffered as bitchy second lead in two high school drama already.

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Kim Jiwon is talented, but I would love to see Kang Sora as Seol. even if she is busy with warm and cozy right now..

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oops typo, I meant Jung so min not jun song min XD

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YASSSSSS... KIM JI WON please... i was visualizing her as hanseol when i read the webtoon.. oh please drama god..

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At ast he is confirmed,i'm so happy he's the leading guy and i'm sure he will nail the character even more after Bad Guys...Now waiting for the heroine and the other important characters but i must say even now after reading quite a lot of the webtoon a few time ago that the hero is quite creepy and for one i find him as a sochiopatic dude,thing Park Jae Jin will nail it...now hope for a good choice for the heroine and second lead

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Park Hae Jin...

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disappointed? Me too...

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Aw, don't be, at least not yet. ;)

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Park Hae Jin !! :)

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Agree. Park Hae Jin does the nice guy/bad guy role very well. Just check out East of Eden - easily the most interesting character to watch in the entire drama.

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Yeaaa exciting! Been reading this webtoon every weeks (minus when the author was sick) for forever er er er.

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Casting the female lead Hong Sul is so important since her character is such a fan favorite and she's that great (she's also my favorite female lead of all time).
I think Kang So Ra fits Hong Sul's image. It doesn't seem like this drama will be filmed soon so if she does get casted she can start filming after wrapping up Warm & Cozy

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I agree KSR fits the role of Hong Sul but she is currently filming another drama so she may not be offered the role.

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Lol just realise that KSR acted opposite PHJ in Doctor Stranger so quite unlikely they will partner again so soon.

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Why not, KMHM Ji Sung & Hwang Jung Eum partnered up again after Secret. I don't see that as a problem if they actually match the image

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Well, thats because they're one of the greatest couples to grace the small screen. They were such a fan favorite with their amazingly perfect chemistry that it was practically destiny for them to appear again together. In fact, I vote that Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum only appear in dramas together for the rest of forever (unless they wanna do a Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young drama, I'm down for that) like they do in the Philippines with KathNiel.

Wow, reading that over, I'm LOLing from how biased I am. :P

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I have this deep sinking feeling Suzy might be casted for this. I don't know why, but women's intuition.

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Kang So Ra is good. But, Go Ara for me please!

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Where do you read the webtoon? I'm learning Korean so it would be great to practice!!

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Oh never mind I found it!

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Just out of curiosity, Javabeans, to what chapter have you read?

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Yay, I'm so excited this is official. He is a bit old for a uni student but I've been missing him on my drama screen so I don't really care right now. Although it would be nice if they didn't pair him with an actual college age actress. Anyhoo, I'm excited!

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I can't remember what his age is in the webtoon (or if they specify it at all since "senior" just refers to the year of study) but I don't see much of a problem with a 32 year old playing a uni student compared to the older actors other dramas have cast as high school students.

Because unlike in high school, students at uni may be just about any age. The drama adaptation could well approach it that way (i.e. him not being 18-22 but slightly older). Which, if we assume the character military service out of the way first, is even more likely.

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I'm not really that phased by the age and, as you said, this is not the first time a school-aged character has been cast older. On the other hand, I am somewhat bothered by the idea that they will most likely pick an actress is who is, or is very close to, uni age. 32 and 22 playing the same age characters creates an odd dynamic for me. It just creates a slight disconnect for me. I'm still going to watch though regardless of how the rest of the casting goes.

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Yoo-jung is 25 and Hong Seol is 23 in the webtoon. Both of them take some years off during university.

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Coming back from Zombie Land for that one....
It was specified in an "extra" chapter. Here, this person translated the details on the 3 main characters.

https://sites.google.com/site/cheesetrapenglish/cp/3-main-characters

So Yoo Jung is around 25 y/o...And I remember that he did his military service.

I love this webtoon to bits, and I can't really join in the fun around this news. I want this webtoon to stay in the imaginary world, without some actors involved. Well, que sera sera, I suppose.
Just for fun, here's the picture of the illustrator. Gosh, she can clearly give most actresses/models a run for their money:

http://www.cine21.com/news/view/mag_id/68162

She didn't like the attention given to her beauty, though, and now refuses to be photographed...

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Himono!!!! Long time no see..... Hope you are holding up well. :-)

Need to get back to this webtoon, I haven't read it since a gazillion years ago when only like 5 or 6 chapters were available.

Ohhh, I like the sound of the illustrator. Good for her!

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kukuku....Long time no see indeed...
So many things happened in this webtoon! Sul did *censored* and then Yoo Jung *censored* until Baek In-ho *censored*...That was epic!

More seriously, I confess it kind of dragged a bit but it's still far superior to most mangas/manhwas out there.

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If you want to read the translated chapters google Oddsquad, they're providing the translations through an overlay plugin that let's people read the webtoon on naver but in English. That let's the author get hits on her page and let's us that don't speak Korean read it. =)

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I'm so into this. And the he does look like yoo-jung!

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Wow those pics. O__O He does look like it.

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Curious who'll play Bek InHo

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Lots of people say Kim Woo Bin, but not sure he'll do a drama anytime soon. Looks like he's focusing on film right now.

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Been hearing the buzz about this and I might actually check it out as we get more cast updates. ^^

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The crucial part now is the female lead casting..It's so fortunate that Park Hae Jin is there whose looks is very close to Jung and has acting chops but Hong Sul face is so unique and she has also many unique qualities that it will be very hard to find actress who fit the "looks" of Hong Sul and has the acting skills to portray her well plus she is also fans favorite..

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I'm was hoping that Park Bo-Young would (she's a good actress and she sorts of looks like her) but I think that she recently signed on to a drama? Whoever they pick, I hope she is a good actress! Please no idols.

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I know. Park Hae Jin is perrrfect for Jung. Definitely 100% sync right there. Please cast Go Ara as Hong Sul. That would be my casting dream come true, lol!

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Yesssssss! I actually danced in my seat when i saw the headlines! He's perfect as Jung!!! I can't wait to see the rest of the cast. Seol and Inho will be hard to pick but may I suggest a blond Woobin for Inho? Pretty please?

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*Hong-Sul. I always think of her as Seol in my mind for some odd reason...*_*

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Does she die at the end? Because this would be a perfect opportunity for him to re-united with Jin SeYeon.

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Lol... will she has a long loat twin too?

#off to find the webtoon

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Odd Squad has the best English translations. Here's a link: http://www.oddsquad.org/p/cheese-in-trap.html

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*guffaws*

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LOL, what?

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So Yay! He's perfect to portray a regular guy next door / anyone's sunbae outside but intriguing psycho inside... Either him or Lee Joon. Can I be greedy once more time by asking Kim Jiwon to play the heroine alongside him? Jebal...

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I really really want Kyung Soo Jin for Hong Sul after seeing her on Running Man because her frame just fits my mental image of Sul, and the aura she has :) Age-wise ok as well. But alas, she's on Bluebird's House :(

And Hae Jin is just gorgeous and totally my bias. Glad he chose to take it (even though he was totally concerned about the expectations) because 99% synchro rate, and knetz are mostly adoring this casting. but am worried about who he will be acting with.

And we need a good writer to adapt it into a drama - there's a lot of material in CITT but it needs to be adapted well. CITT'S strength is characterization though so I hope we get a solid casting because every character is so important. (In Ho especially. He needs to be able to elicit second lead syndrome. And people have been asking for a blond Woobin as Inho for ages)

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Omg, Kyung Soo-jin!! She would be PERFECT. But yeah, she's still filming Bluebird's House :((( I feel like all the decent actresses in their twenties are pretty busy right now..Maybe Jung So-min?

Woo-bin could totally pull it off but if this goes to cable, I'm not so sure he'll take it. He seems busy with all his movies.

Yeah, the characterization is the heart of the drama so I just hope they cast the right people.

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Woo Bin won't take it even if it's on a big network. His status lets him refuse the Hong sisters's lead offer, no one will offer him secondary characters at this point.

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What's his status, if you don't mind me asking. I don't really consider Baek In-ho as secondary. He's a perfect foil for Jung and has a large following, especially in the recent chapters of the webtoon. I think Woobin is perfect for this role.

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He's basically more famous than Park Hae Jin at this point and his agency would never let him play a secondary character when he even had lead parts in movies. We may not think a lot about movies, but movie actors are more respected in Korea than drama ones, so there's not even 1% chance of seeing him in this drama unless PHJ suddenly backs out and the lead part is available.

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That's a very interesting thought and most probably, true. However, I hope Woobin does take it. Many actors do lesser roles simply because they are fans of the work. Fingers crossed that Woobin is a secret Cheese in the Trap fan. LOL.

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YES YES YES YES YES all the fans of this webtoon are gonna be sooooo happy :D

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NOOOO I WANTED IT TO BE JUNG IL WOOOOOOO *throws body on the floor and flails*

But, yay!, Cheese In The Trap actually happening
*dances for joy*

Jung Il Wooooo ?

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I knew it, Park Hae Jin's so perfect for Yoo Jung's role
Oh yesss Woo Bin for Inho, there was rumor about it last year
And how about this, some people suggest Chun Woo Hee for Hong Sul

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Oh, wow I think her look is an overall pretty spot on fit. And at 28, the more age-obsessed peeps could sleep easy too, lol.

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Will this be in OCN?

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Not sure of the broadcast station yet. I kind of want it to be on one of the big three though, only because I'm greedy and it'll be longer!

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I wonder if they'll actually make the female lead dye her hair orange. I love the webtoon, so this is great! It doesn't stray too far from stereotypical Kdrama dynamics while at the same time being incredibly creepy and subversive, so we don't have to be afraid of clichés getting squished in there. If I had to pick two Korean manhwa/webtoons to be adapted to TV, Cheese in the Trap and Bride of the Water God would be it. I feel very spoiled right now.

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I think the actress playing Sul should definitely dye her hair more orange. Like this (my bias, lol):

http://scontent-a.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xaf1/t51.2885-15/10853166_645414282233554_1796266168_a.jpg

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Perfection! Oh my, Jin Jin fit Yoo Jung like a tee in his hot body. Man, can't wait for Hong Sul casting news and watch this drama.

Curious how they will translate Cheese in the trap into drama as well. Will the production team focus on the slice of life or the crazy part of this webtoon?

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Oh YAAAASSSSS!!!

I had been waiting CITT drama adaptation to happen for ages. And I am onboard with other knetz spazzing for PHJ to be Yoo Jung. And IT happening!!! Thank you DramaGods..

Now for can we have Kyung SooJin to be Hong Sul? Please dramagods. please...?

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After the news got out I started reading the webtoon (I think I'm about half way through Season 1) and you're right about it being slice of life. I keep waiting for something big to happen lol but something about the characters really pulls me in especially crazy Seol. She's just so funny (as Jung keeps saying too lol).

I personally want to see Jung So Min as the female lead, she's got that quirky vibe that I get from Seol.

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After reading much of that webtoon (still not all caught up but far enough into it) I find Park Hae Jin is the only person I could actually think of that could do the character well. As for the female lead, I'm not sure who, but I hope they pick someone wonderful.

This character is so...shady and complicated but he's really interesting as well. Overall I really like the characters in this webtooon and this will be the first time I'm familiar with a webtoon before the drama! Hahaha, I wish it was finished but it's still ongoing. That might make for allowing a show series or for the PD & team to take creative liberties with tying things up (or maybe they'll just talk to the artist, lol).

Pretty excited.

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I really hope they will mentain both leading roles characters from the original,i really want to see how Park Hae Jin will bring Yoo Jung to life being such a compelx character and my personal opinion slighty(if not more) a sociopath as well...(even his dad was afraid of him),i think one of the important part of the story is his arc with InHo and their troubled past and the misunderstandings just as his own path to be better while being in a relationship with our heroine,wanting to change his old ways...If they do it right Yoo Jung might be one of the most intresting and complex characters in drama in a long time...

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Agree! It's very character driven more so than any real story so it's important to keep them all as fleshed out as they are in the web-toon. And I hope they do a good job of unraveling things slowly as well.

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Yes!! Great casting. For Hong Seol my pick would be Oh Yeon Seo.

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2nd that...especially if allowed to play a character mixture of Shin Yool(SoGC)/Mal-sook(MHGAF).

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I've been hearing buzz about this for a while but that very vagueness you mentioned made me avoid it because I wasn't interested in just another romance but if there's shade thrown then maybe I'll check it out. The role does seem to fit PHJ to a tee.

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It's definitely not 'just another romance', that's for sure. Give the webtoon a try and you'll see :)

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He's probably one of my least favorite young actors. I do nt find him attractive nor charismatic. Pass

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Thank you, someone who shares my though. He isn't fit. His eyes doesn't express anything. Jung has this perticular complexity and almighty aura around him. He give a superior vibe and this actor Park Hae jin is just PLAIN and PLAIN LOOKING. Put him in a crowd and he won't stand out at all... and i don't think that he acts well either...

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Aww, Park Hae Jin is such an amazing actor though! I think he's easily one of the most talented actors of his generation - really versatile and subtle, yet powerful. Read that he is doing a lot to prepare for Jung's role because he doesn't want fans of the webtoon to be disappointed. Hopefully, when the drama comes out, he won't disappoint you guys!

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Yay, I was just thinking of Park Hae Jin yesterday and wondering when he would be in a new drama.

Haven't read the webtoon, but I'm super curious.

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YAEJRJKHAELLASAAAYYY. PARK HAE JIN! CHEESE IN THE TRAP! AHHH! He's actually a perfect fit for Yoo Jung. Except maybe he's a bit too old? But whatever.

I just love Cheese in the Trap. So, so much. And the plot developments and character insight has been especially exciting this current arc. I'm so excited I can't even likedlkafssdlkf

Park Hae Jin! This is so far so good. I hope they find a great fit for Hong Sul too. She's easily the biggest draw of the series for me!

I seriously can't wait, omg.

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Yes, a fellow Cheese fan! I think I read the webtoon more than 5 times over the years, it's so good. Seeing the drama confirmed in the dramabeans website just made my day, even more when the first lead they cast is a good actor. It gives me hope for the rest of the drama. Omo, I can't wait!

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Okay, I'm glad I'm not the only one who's confused by this webtoon. I started reading it yesterday but with each chapter I get frustrated and confused so I decided to stop reading but now I can't stop thinking about what happens next so I think I'm going to continue reading

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I completely understand. The first season was confusing and yet I stayed up all night to get to season 3. Now I can't wait for the next chapter. It's worth you continuing, I promise. Seol, Bora, Euntaek, In-ho and Jung are written so well. You'll enjoy it.

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didn't know i wanted till i got

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Is this webtoon really that good? I haven't read it yet so I don't know anything about it.

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So excited for this! My favourite webtoon in a century!

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omo!! so excited for this! love this webtoon!!

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I really wish they chose " Go Ara" she will be the right one for this drama . Pleassssseee chose Go Ara ????

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Seond this! Go Ara please! She fits Sul best to me too.

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I recently started reading this webtoon and I think Park Hae Jin is an eerily good choice for this character. For the female lead though Kim Seul Gie would be perfect! I hope she gets cast.

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Go Ara is best for this drama ^^

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Yes, please cast Go Ara as Sul. She is perfect for this role and would make a great couple with Park Hae Jin.

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Kim Jiwon is perfect for the Leadrole Hong Seol!!!!!!!!!

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KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!KIM JI WON!!!

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LEADROLE FOR KIM JI WON!!!

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KIM JI WON PLEASE!!!KIM JI WON PLEASE!!!KIM JI WON PLEASE!!!KIM JI WON PLEASE!!!

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Almost anyone can be made to look like a character, it's only if they have the balls to play the character. I don't know how well this guy can act but I'd be more pleased if he chose to take part just by being interested in the script instead of because of his fans. Crossing my fingers for a well adapted drama.

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PHJ is an excellent actor. he has a wide range and those soulful eyes! (swoon) seriously tho', I was very impressed with him in you from another star. altho he was only second lead but he put his heart and soul into that role and I will always remember the scene when he knelt before his father and begged him to listen to the truth about his elder brother (evil brother who poisoned second bro and imprisons wife for knowing about said poisoning). this guy can really cry! and then I fell in love with PHJ again in Bad Guys where he played a completely different role - an amnesiac psychopath who is accused of 16 murders. he can do happy and exuberant but also aloof and mysterious - what's not to like? cheese in the trap - please get started already!

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Please which site or app do i go to to read webtoons.

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“I saw the script after that, and it seemed like it would be a really great work,” he continues. “The character too. So I decided to take the part. It seemed like if I don’t play a university student now at this age, I won’t be able to ever again, and I won’t be receiving casting offers.”

He considered the script first, not because of his fans.

What he said abt fans was he felt he shouldn't dissappointing the Webtoon fans. :)

He's a great actor! I saw him in many dramas and he always nailed his character very well. The Hwi Kyung role in YWCFTS actually not his, he got Jae Kyung instead but since the actor who should surrendered, he took it and BAM! Kudos!

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