Jung Il-woo, Ahn Jae-hyun courted for teen drama
Well this is a relief. I was beginning to worry that Jung Il-woo (Records of a Night Watchman) would keep doing projects abroad and be absent from dramaland for far too long, and that just won’t do. He might be returning in a new teen drama called You’re the First along with Ahn Jae-hyun, who coincidentally headlined the vampire medical drama Blood when Jung Il-woo turned it down. They’re both a little too old to be playing high-schoolers, really, but some of my favorite Jung Il-woo dramas are the ones set in high school, so I can’t exactly argue that it’s a bad thing.
The new series is being produced by HB Entertainment (You From Another Star, Yong-pal), and is based on a 2-part novella called Cinderella and Four Knights by Baek-myo, about a girl who comes to live in a house with four boys. The writer also happened to write the source material that inspired Flower Boy Ramyun Shop called Sweet Bakery, which is also about a girl who comes to live with four boys. She just really likes her reverse harems, apparently.
This one is about a spirited teenage girl who’s smart and nice and good at sports, who hates her home life due to her new stepmother and stepsister (so the Cinderella thing is literal then). She dreams of escaping her home where she’s treated as an outsider, and one day she helps out an old man and he extends an unusual offer to her.
She’s invited to come live in a giant mansion and attend a prestigious high school (is this Boys Over Flowers?), where she gets to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. There are four other inhabitants in this house — three beautiful brothers and one bodyguard — who are stubborn and free to do as they please. She opens their frigid hearts and they become their own little family, and find love along the way.
It sounds adorable, and I can’t wait to see who else they woo for the drama. Jung Il-woo and Ahn Jae-hyun are considering for now, we’ve got two more flower boys and a lucky Cinderella left to cast. Please pick a good heroine, please.
You’re the First is being shopped at the networks and is hoping to air in 2016.