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Anticipated webtoon adaptation Cheese in the Trap goes to tvN

The buzzed-about webtoon adaptation drama Cheese in the Trap doesn’t yet have a timeslot, but it has now secured a broadcaster and a director, and both seem like good deals: tvN has snapped up the hot property and attached director Lee Yoon-jung, the PD who turned Coffee Prince into a lovely sentimental hit back in 2007 and recently made the jump to cable with the quirky rom-com Heart to Heart.

The drama adaptation for Cheese in the Trap has been garnering a lot of interest in the media; the hype is actually so high that it took me aback, but the webtoon is quite popular and Park Hae-jin, who has signed on to play the lead, is in the middle of a career boom (You From Another Star, Bad Guys). And with adaptations being all the rage these days, everyone’s wondering what’ll become the next Misaeng.

The webtoon, which began running in 2010, centers around a university student who struggles to put herself through school and the mysteriously perfect sunbae who becomes her boyfriend. The stories are mostly small and everyday, told in an engaging way that draws out the little dramas of regular life. Based on that, I think PD Lee is a perfect choice since that type of storytelling fits with her directing approach, finding mood and sentiment in the ordinary. She’s not infallible since she did also direct the slooooow and meandering Triple, but I’d argue that she still brought her sweet, humorous touch to that drama, whose failure was more due to its lack of plot.

The drama is described merely as telling the story of young adults struggling to make it in the world, in love as well as careers. A vague description, but a relevant one—notice how many dramas these days are about the struggling 20-somethings trying to get a foothold into adulthood? It’s ’cause the real world, she is a bitch.

Cheese in the Trap is being considered for an October premiere on tvN as a Monday-Tuesday drama. If it gets that slot, it would follow the 14th season of Rude Miss Young-ae, which follows Hidden Identity.

Via TV Report

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I'm happy about both these things. Since the web-toon moves at a slice-of-life pace I think the PD will do a good job. Though, I always laugh at the description for this comic because it's quite misleading.

Anyway, I'm sure they'll be talking with the creator to hopefully come to a way in which to make a conclusion from an ongoing comic. I'm sure many of the more interesting arcs and characters can fit into a 20 episode drama just fine. As well as the romance and over-all mystery.

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I'm glad this went to tvN, I feel like the general aesthetics and feel of cable suit CITT much better than the watering down that broadcast would likely try to force.

now I really hope they adapt right, and get a decent cast, especially Hong Sul (they need an actually decent actress, not someone whose fans are still making excuses for their bad acting several years/projects down the line).

And Park Hae-jin's quite a bit older than the webtoon character, I wonder if they'll cast someone closer to his age or just stick with the early 20s like the webtoon version of Sul.

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i have a bit trouble when people point out PHJ is older than Yoo Jung and a younger actor should play this role instead. If you notice, 90% of actors/actresses in kdramaland play characters who are younger than their real age. Ji Sung (37) played 27 year old character in KMHM. Soo Ae (33) is playing 27 year old Ji Sook in Mask now. Lee Min Ho played 17 year old high school student in Heirs when he was 27 at the time. The list goes on and on. So i dont think why Park Hea Jin (33) cant play 26 year old Yoo Jung in this adaptation.

by the way, i m glad that this adaptation is considered for M-T time lot, since it will be sure that the drama would get 60 mins ep instead of 90 mins on F-T schedule like Reply 1994 or Miseang

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Barring that Lee Min Ho was utterly unconvincing as a 17-year-old, I actually don't mind if Park Hae Jin plays 25. He could easily pass for younger than his age. It's just that I'm concerned about the potential age gap between the characters. Sul is supposed to be 23. If they cast an actress that is actually that age, that's a 10-year age gap. It's definitely going to be noticeable.

That said, Park Hae-Jin is pretty perfect as Yoo Jung, so I'm not too upset about it. I do hope that they cast an actress that's a little older though. Same with the other characters.

Btw, I checked on the official site, and Ji-Sook is supposed to be 29, not 27.

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I seriously think Park Bo Gum would be the best for the lead-esp hinting at the "dark side" ...he's so creepy in I Remember You that he could totally carry it off!!!!
http://asianwiki.com/Park_Bo-Gum

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This is a nice webtoon and I'm looking forward to its adaptation! But it's not without its fair share of achingly melo draaaaama. The romance is also quite slow and very PG. I think it took over two hundred chapters for them to kiss LOL.

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Oh dear... hopefully it wont take that long in a drama. I hate when kisses happen towards the end of drama, makes me so mad lol

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Sigh. I'm approaching 30... and I'm still trying to find my foothold into adulthood. It's difficult figuring HOW to grow up. :(

Totally digging these slice-of-life dramas coming out.

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Movie/drama fans have no age anywayz

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I vote for moon chae won or kim ji won to play sul. Anyone else and I'll be so annoyed. I'm sick of the same ol casting of one dimensional actresses like park shin hye, jin seyeon and etc.

Moon chae won has the acting chops to blow this project out of the water & since she's nearer to PHJ's age it'll be a great fit. Not to mention I'm just desperate for MCW to return to the small screen and how better to do it than with a very capable lead like PHJ? It'll be nice since her Maru is currently going to be romancing another woman (cries)

& kim ji won, I think it's about time she get a good lead role. She's very like able and has potential. I would like to see if she can deliver.

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I think Kim Ji Won is out since I don't think the filming for DotS will be completed until then. They just started filming and since she's one of the mains, she won't finish filming until September.

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Moon Chae-won would be amazing but sadly I think she's a bit too big of a star to come to cable just yet. (one can hope, since PHJ made the crossover!)

and I adore Kim Ji-won but like molly said, DotS filming probably won't end early enough to let her take the role.

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I'm not big on Moon Chae Won at all. I'm just never really able to get into her performances; I dunno. I did kinda like her in that drama with Song Joon Ki but it's not a role that I think about long after the show is done. I think I'd be the annoyed one if she got cast, lol.

I wouldn't mind if they cast a new name for this like Chun Woo Hee who's name I saw got thrown around by Korean netizens looking forward to the show. I'm curious who they will cast as they'll probably have to put a lot more thought into it.

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And I thought I'm the only one who does not like MCW. Something about the way she delivers her lines doesn't sound and look natural to me.

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Love her in sageuks but haven't finished any of her modern dramas.

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I feel the same too. The way she speaks her mouth is not very natural though she is beautiful.

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I think of Moon Chae Won too... not to see her in dramaland is torture... want to see her comeback soon.

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Happy tvn Got teh drama,love almost all their shows adn can't wait for Park Hae Jin's take on such a complex and quite dark character as Yoo Jung,i'm no worryed because i know he'll nail it but teh anticipation is still there!Now let's see who will be our heroine and InHo
Maybe teh story is not everybody cup of tea but i really hope the writer/director will not change for the sake of it teh original characters of our main,Yoo Jung done right might be one of the most compelx characters in dramaland in a long time and being teh hero of teh story even more,with such a complex character and my opinion slighlty(god a lot)sociopatic part as well

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Been hearing the buzz about this adaptation and that PHJ confirmed the role. Planning to check out the webtoon before this airs. Glad tvN picked it up.

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I'm completely focused on the word cheese. That's really sad.
I skipped lunch.

I'm really hungry.

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Oh yeayyy.. im following this webtoon from Line.. so happy to see Park Haejin as Yoojung.. perfectly cast.. still waiting for Hongseol and Inho news casting.. hope will be hitttt..

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try the oddsquad.org translations! they're way so much better than the line translations and legit too :)

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I agree - plus, the oddsquad translations are soooo much further ahead!

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Word JB! Real world is indeed a bitch !

Hope this is lighter than Misaeng. I never could make myself give it even a chance. I see corporate life everyday, thank you very much. ?

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I love, love the webtoon and really hope they don't screw this one up. The Coffee Prince PD seems like a good fit, and Park Hae-jin looks really good for Yoo Jung as well. I do hope they keep the dark complexity of the webtoon and don't fluff it up completely - a lot of the characters are almost twisted, and they all go through character development.

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Indeed ,that's what makes the story so compelling and u are right,a lot of teh characters are almost if not twisted,the character development especially the hero's in one of the ost important part and facinating of the whole story,like u said hope they don't ruin such complex characters for fluff..this days is so hard to have a drama inspired from webtoons etc that actually stays loyal to the original and most of the time it's the same thing,destroys the character for some random stuff

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Though I'm quite wary of adapting CITT (its quirky humor! the balance between slice of life and dark psychological study! Suuuuuuuul!) I confess I'm pretty happy with the choice of Lee Yoon-jung.
I loved Coffee Prince, and though I didn't enjoy Triple or Heart to Heart as I wanted to, they had their own atmosphere, which was her doing, I'm sure.
So, I totally share your opinion: CITT is more subtle than it looks, and I also hope they retain its flavor and complexity :)

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Agree with all of this comment.

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I'm so happy about this! With tvN and this director on board, I actually feel like this adaptation is in pretty good hands.

I'm still super nervous about it though. It all comes down to Hong-sul. It's her voice that guides you through the webtoon and it's her social commentary that really draws you in. It's crucial that they cast the kind of actress that can nail the character. I, myself, have had a hard time thinking of a perfect fit for her character. Park Hae-jin for Yoojung though? Perfect fit!

Also, like others, I'm hoping against hope that they don't simplify the complexity with which the characters are presented. Probably the most riveting thing about this webtoon is the way everything unfolds and I want them to be fairly strict about keeping the past events shrouded in mystery, only to unveil them slowly so that they coincide with the events of the present storyline. This drama is gonna need some damn near perfect execution in order to have the same effect on me as the webtoon.

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It really does come down to who they cast as Sul-her character is the heart and soul of the drama. I'm personally hoping they go for a less mainstream actress, and I've always pictured her as petite, and striking rather than conventionally pretty. Other than that, no clue. Jung So-min? Im Joo-eun? Esom?

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ohhhh, true i would be so okay with jung so min!!!!

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Jung So-min has been coming to my mind a lot for this role too. I never thought of Esom though! She would be a good fit as well. As much as I love Im Joo-eun, she actually doesn't really come to mind when I think of Sul, BUT she would still be a great choice acting-wise.

I find when I'm thinking of actors that fit, I'm thinking more of their voice registers than their looks LOL. I keep just thinking, "who would be good at narrating all these thoughts?"

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They should cast Jinwoon as Inho >:) something like his dream high 2 (blech) character. He's about all I can think of, but new blood would be nice too

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i think kyung soo jin would be perfect for the female lead.

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And with this pd, comes great ost and bgm. The music in coffee prince and heart to heart had a life of its own. Now I'm hoping they'll cast a well suited Seol Hong. Kim ji won? Jung so min? Lee yu bi (tho she's occupied)? Park shin hye will bring a big buzz though I'd prefer her to do a rom-com. Please, please cast her part well.

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park shin hye? hell to the no.

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second that. she may be very popular but really not suitable.

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Oooh dont let my hopes gooo up than it already is!
Slice of regular life,
Tvn,
Park Hae Jin
Yey!
Who will they cast as Hong Sul and In Ho!?!?!?!
I'm not excited for this. Nope. ?

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Ehhhhh I can't with these adaptions anymore . .... if Korea wants to adapt something Do Honey &Clover or Just You :)

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Kim Seulgi as Sul?

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I've wanted to see Kim Seul Gi as Sul since I saw her in FBND. I mean, I think I'll be happy with any actress as long as she can pull off Sul's character, but ... Kim Seul Gi....

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I don't really see Kim Seul Gi as Sul but I do see her playing this other character very well...

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I'm a big fan of the webtoon for years and it's sort of exciting to hear it's being made into a kdrama. Though I do have mixed feelings, because some of the manhwas-turned-into-dramas I've seen weren't really good or stayed true to the original material. And this is one manhwa I want to see them do right, because it is one I've really treasured and looked forward to updates from my years in college till now.

As far as the lead actors are concerned, I'm just happy that the lead actor for Jung (the suspiciously perfect sunbae) is someone who both looks just like the character and who's reputed to having the acting skill. The thing that worries me the most about this is that they casted the male romantic lead before the female protagonist. I hope it doesn't become another Orange Marmalade, where the male lead is given the focus. Cheese in Trap is primarily her story, told through her eyes. Hong Sul is the heart of the story, everything hinges on seeing it from her perspective. If you change the perspective, you change the whole story.

Anyway, if I got to choose who would play Hong Sul, I would choose Park Bo Young. Her looks remind me a lot of Sul in the right light and her acting skill is top notch. However, I've heard that she's playing in the k-drama "Oh My Ghostess" soon, not to mention the new movie where she gets sent to a girl's boarding school. So maybe her schedule is already booked. But still, I can dream. She'd be my ideal for the spot, because I have no doubt she'll pull it off.

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Would love to see a reunion of Park Hae Jin with Kang Sora in this tvN webtoon adaptation drama.

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Finger crossed it's not gonna be Orange Marmalade 2.0

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Chun Woo Hee as Hong Sul! She's perfect as her image and acting skill wise

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oh yeah, Chun Woo-hee would be a great choice - young enough to play Sul but not too young for PHJ.

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I am deeply happy with this news. I love the webtoon despite its slowed-down pacing at this moment, and it is definitely not a swoony romance. It's for people who look at the behaviours of some kdrama couples and go 'no way will the girl ever think it romantic in real life!'. It also has some twisted & very complicated characters *ahem Jung ahem*

So I hope the PD gets the tone right :) But I trust tvN a lot more than the other channels so I think we'll be in good hands. If not, at least we have Park Hae Jin bring Yoo Jung to life and I for one am so confident in his abilities after watching him in Bad Guys.

I echo calls for Kyung Soo Jin. An October release will mean she's free from her current project which should end in August. Plus not too big of an age difference + she meets the image requirement for Sul (kinda short because JungxSul always has this height difference running gag which people forget about haha).

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Why is there no update on Sandara Park's We Broke up, another webtoon adaptation?

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if its a slice of life thing is it something like Plus nine boys? no heavy dramatic makjang plots?

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It is a slice of life, but also a psychological study at the same time. Not makjang, but there is a slight mystery/thriller element to it-not that there's a huge crime, but you're continually trying to discover the true character of someone and the truth of certain events which occurred in the past, even as the consequences unfold in the present. It's hard to describe, but very well done.

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oooooh...ok i'll keep this drama in mind then...thanks for the info! :)

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I'm psyched about this. I hope the music will be just as good as Coffee Prince and Heart to Heart. Those are my 2 favorite OSTs ever. Low End Project and Tearliner please!

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My vote would go to Oh Yeon seo for the role of Sul. She's known to like webtoons and is an exceptional and beautiful actress who always immerses her whole being into the character.

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Maybe it's because I haven't finished reading the manhwa, but a string of names of actresses keep popping up in my head. What do you guys think about Kim so eun, Chun Woohee, Go Ahsung, Baek Jinhee, Kyung Sujin, Jung Somin, Park Minyoung, Min Hyorin. They are pretty petite and that is all I can think about when describing seol, besides her orange hair. Lol

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I think Go Ah Sung would do great, but I feel the age difference of the two actors would cause a lot of distress here, lol. However I wouldn't mind at all because the romance aspect is quite minor to everytging else. What you really need is a lady who can carry all that tension/humor the webtoon has.

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I somehow wish park hae jin read the webtoon. So he can really understand the vibe that yoo Jung gives off. 'The subtle, intriguing and mysterious aura. Is he really nice, or he's good at acting' while for female, I don't really know good k actresses but I hope her hair will be orange just like seol lol O(≧∇≦)O

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When I think of webtoon adaptation actress I just auto switch on Kang Sora (as in Misaeng). I know she has good chemistry with Park Hae Jin before. But not sure if she is suitable for Hong Sul role.

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It sure will be great if it really a pure adaptation of the webtoon. Just.. don't make any crap like the adaptation (or not) of Orange Marmalade, jaebal !

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Am I the only one who thinks Sandara Park fits the female lead role perfectly! I'm not a huge fan of hers but after watching her in 'we broke up' I honestly feel like she would make the perfect fit for this drama! and it would be nice to see a YG female idol acting since it's so rare especially in YG!

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