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Cheese in the Trap finally has a heroine in Kim Go-eun

Finally, a female lead has been selected for Cheese in the Trap! The production of the much-loved webtoon-adapted drama series has decided on Kim Go-eun to partner with Park Hae-jin, and while this is Kim Go-eun’s first drama, it looks like the fans are mostly onboard with the casting. Or at the very least, casting Kim Go-eun avoids the kind of outcry that accompanied Suzy’s almost-casting; there was a lot of disgruntlement over that news, and it was no surprise Suzy didn’t end up taking the role.

The reaction is generally favorable because Kim Go-eun is known for strong acting performances. Her career is still relatively young, but she shot to fame with her debut at the age of 21, which was Eungyo (with Park Hae-il), which she won a pile of accolades for. In 2012 alone, she was the winner of the Rising Star award at the Jecheon Music Film Festival, and New Actress awards at the Buil Film Awards, Grand Bell Film Awards, Korean Film Critics Association Awards, Blue Dragon Film Awards, and Busan Film Critics Association Awards. Even more impressive was that many of those awards had also nominated her in the Leading Actress category.

She has since starred in a handful of films co-starring some big names: Monster with Lee Min-ki, Coin Locker Girl with Kim Hye-soo, and Memories of the Sword with Jeon Do-yeon and Lee Byung-heon.

Kim Go-eun’s name had been mentioned earlier in the Cheese in the Trap casting cycle, but she’d dropped out because of scheduling conflicts. It sounds as though PD Lee Yoon-jung (Heart to Heart, Coffee Prince) really championed her, though, and kept asking until they were able to reschedule her. PD Lee said, “Kim Go-eun has already proven herself as an actress of unmatched acting talent among early-twentysomethings. No matter what the role is, Kim Go-eun has the strength to make it her own. I had her in mind from the very start, and sent her the very first lovecall.”

Cheese in the Trap is one of those projects that comes with so much fan love that the interest is as much a detriment as it is an asset. Every casting possibility elicited a mad wave of netizen commentary, and it seemed like we’d never find someone who’d satisfy everyone. It’s somewhat understandable that fans are picky because the role of Hong-seol is described as delicate, thoughtful, and sensitive, which requires a certain kind of actor. But at a certain point you’ve gotta just let the show-makers do their thing; all the backseat driving was getting out of hand. The press was, for once, rather clever in coining a term to refer to the fans that combines “Cheese” and “mother-in-law” (chi-eo-meo-ni) to describe their level of loud interfering and nosiness.

Cheese in the Trap premieres on tvN in October.

Via Xports News, Osen

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Directing? Check. Acting? Check. Now let's just hope for good writing...

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I love Kim Go-Eun. I am glad she accepted the role, and we have such a good actress in the drama.

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Glad they casted someone - anyone - because at this point, the ridiculous amount publicity and scrutiny is likely to do them more harm than good. So early on, and I'm already getting Cantabile Tomorrow vibes which can only mean bad news.

The webtoon fans need to chill and let the production do their work. In the end, the writing and direction is just as important.

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the Cantabile similarities come mainly from both dramas making the first offer of the role to a idol actress of, to put it kindly, limited abilities.

But for our sakes and Kim Go-eun's, I hope that's where it ends and that the production is more Misaeng and less Nodame when it comes to adaptation. And even if it does suck, absolutely no one is going to look back on this and think this drama needed Suzy, just as no one thinks Yoona would have been a better k-Nodame even after that drama flopped.

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I was rather surprised because early last week there's news she declined the drama.
Never seen her acting but if the raves about her and the accolades can be trusted, we'll have a very good actress!

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wow, movie actor?? she must be great. i hope the storyline would be great also. last time i had a high expectation over K-Nodame. but then.. failed. sigh. then i had low expectation of Ghostess' park bo young but now totally fall in love with it. so this one.. i'll keep my expectation as lowest as possible.. hehe

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So much hype. Didn't like Eungyo that much which was boring except for her nude scenes. She has won many acting awards, but doesn't mean she can fulfill this role in her first drama. Depends a lot on the writing and directing too.

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Im not really familiar w her but it seems like shes solid! I, too, wont raise too much expectations but I really do hope the directing+writing are as solid as the cast.

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Finally. Time to move on to the other characters T.T

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haha, right! What about Baek In-ho? Or In-ha? Way to ruin the whole drama, if they're miscasted...

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I know nothing of the webtoon/manhwa whatever but I'll say I'm happy with the casting.

I have not had a chance to see A Muse yet but I have seen Monster. That's a movie that was a bit uneven and frankly I won't watch again but worth seeing once for Kim Go-eun and Lee Min-ki. It also made me want to see her other works and made me even more interested in seeing Memories of the Sword that already has Jeon Do-yeon add a strong young actress and I wish could see it in the theaters.

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She has another movie due out later this year with Lee Seon-kyun. Angry Lawyer is the title, I think.

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I agree it was uneven, especially in the tone....but Kim Go-eun and Lee Min-ki both killed it.

I only wish there had been more scenes with the two of them together (maybe they'll do another movie when he comes out of the military?)

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Hell yeah, I can work with this. Kim Go-Eun, woot!

Now for the other characters!! I'm eager to see who will play the Baek siblings. Especially In-Ha. I've actually gotten attached to her lately, haha.

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Another movie actress yay! I'm so down with this trend. Welcome to drama land Kim Go-eun <3.

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I hope this is a sign that k-dramas are moving away a bit from casting zero-ability idols just for the fan service.

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It's a great start. Maybe we'll get some movie writers and directors to do a drama once in a while. That would be super awesome.

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Ok. I am satisfied with this. I am ready to be pleased with this drama. Which is certainly a better place to be in then eagle-eyed and looking out for every flaw.

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How can we not rejoice? Such a big improvement on Suzy who can't act. Let's look forward to the drama!

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I actually already seen Park Hae jin and Jung, now who gonna played In Ho?

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I'm very happy they cast a actual actress and a strong actress to boot. I've seen her in Monster, she can be quite the force of nature.

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i never seen her in anything, but ehem.. there is no guarantee that the movie actor can make the drama a hit. becoz in a dramaland, a hit drama may not depends on the talent only..

whatever it is, lets welcome her to dramaland.. im sure she already solid in acting, but it depends on the luck also. i will check if this drama will become in my watch-list.

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All too true. Even the best actors cannot make up for bad writing and/or bad directing. But this at least is looking better than most of the currently running ones.

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This is great news! I hope she does well! I read headlines saying she had passed on it and was kind of sad because I was actually liking her for the role after it was announced it was offered to her.

Now, the other casting should go smoother I think...hmmm, lol. Well I still I don't know who should play Bek In Ho and In Ha. However, ever since Pride and Prejudice, I've thought that Lee Tae Hwan would make a good Eun Taek.

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This is awesome, she is a great actress ! The only thing left is to have a script that delivers. But I have faith, the director attached to this project is behind my 2 fav drama of all time.

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Alright, cool. Good to know that part is completed and the majority of fans are pleased. Now let's get Baek In-ho on board. *_*

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In-ho and In-ha, both. I hope tvN casts well on this one.

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@canxi! Ah, Lee Tae Hwan is perfect as Eun Taek. He even resembles him in my mind. Gosh, that would be amazing. I hope he is picked.

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Me too! It's the only person I was sure about in my mind lmao.

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O__O she was that psycho kid who went after the psycho Lee Min Ki?

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that was her, indeed!

but they were kind of great when they were being psychos together, it actually made me wish they'd do a an acting project where they get to explore that chemistry in ways besides the trying-to-kill-you way.

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Talk about relief.....now I just hope the writers have a good handle on the character, because no one wants to see another talented young actress wasted in a role that makes a caricature of a beloved and fairly nuanced heroine.

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and also, I am SO GLAD it's her. Kim Go-eun was on my wishlist for Seol and it looks like they went back and forth a bit, but I'm glad the deal is done.

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I've not seen her in anything but it's good they finally cast someone.

I must be missing the appeal of this webtoon because the synopsis makes it sound really boring. I'll of course give it a try but it's not anything I'm overly interested in.

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Might not be everyone cup of tea of course,the webtoon is not the type full of events as action but more centered on very complex characters,that's why many that love the webtoon care so much for the main characters in this case,u really need good actors to give life to them even more to those subtile yet dark emotions,complex that are in all 3 main characters...I consider that if they stick to the original without altering for bubbly reasons one of the most complex main characters in a long time and the heroine doesn't stay behind...Yoo Jung is such a creepy and facinating character

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i don't her too... who the hell is she?!

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So much drama. I still don't get why auditions were not held with the character being quite unique and the show already having a dedicated fan base who will tune in no matter what. Do auditions get in the way of churning out dramas or something?

I hope the writer sticks to the source a lot more compared to recent dramas adapted from webtoons. Misaeng pretty much jumpstarted this trend but wasn't it fairly true to its source? It was a stell adaptation because of numerous factors of course.

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Kim Go Eun was amazing in Coin Locker Girl so I'm expecting awesomeness here too...

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may i ask where you watched CLG with good/decent subs? I've found it on dramanice and myasiantv and the subs are beyond butchered. they were so bad i couldn't continue with the movie.

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She was amazing in Monster. I'd still prefer Chun Woo Hee since I can't picture Go Eun as Sul yet.
Anws everybody is too worn out from all the warring to protest.

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oh lord, how juvenile is that last sentence?

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