Im Shi-wan out of Entourage, Seo Kang-joon probably in
Aw, bummer — Im Shi-wan (Misaeng) won’t be taking the tvN remake of Entourage after all, choosing to focus on his other projects instead (he’s currently filming the movie One Line). So far, I only see one outlet reporting that Seo Kang-joon (Cheese in the Trap) has confirmed the drama, which always makes me hesitant to accept it as the final word — when something’s confirmed, the news will be everywhere, so I consider that a preliminary report. But it’s safe to say either way that Seo is still in the mix.
It’s too bad since Im Shi-wan would have been a great choice to play the lead; he would have been the everyman-like manager (Eric in the original), who was seen as the vapid star’s sidekick by the entertainment industry but often provided the actual emotional center of the show. (Insofar as Entourage had emotions at all, beneath all the glitz and flash.) Eric often seemed like the voice of reason in a whirlwind of crazy, and Im Shi-wan would have been perfect (if too pretty for a guy who’s not the actual pretty-boy movie star).
I like Seo Kang-joon a whole lot more ever since Cheese in the Trap but haven’t quite changed my mind about his limits as an actor, so I find this role fitting for his strengths: He’d be perfect as the star actor, inasmuch as Vince had a lot of charisma for someone so empty-headed. His ambitions of grandeur of becoming a Serious Artist were hard to take seriously, and therefore hilarious. Meanwhile, Jo Jin-woong (Signal) and Lee Kwang-soo (It’s Okay, It’s Love) are reportedly in finalization stages to play, respectively, the CEO of a major management company (the Ari character) and the star’s cousin with dreams of acting beyond small bit parts (Johnny Drama).
I’m a little ambivalent on Entourage as a whole because I never quite loved the original, but did find it often very entertaining. I never warmed to the characters, whom I found annoying at best and repulsive at worst, but actually have hopes that the Korean version might be able to flesh them out more. I could easily see a remake being a fun, self-referential hit, though they’d really have to keep the risque, bawdy humor to be Entourage. Really, I do think the Im Shi-wan role will make or break it, so I’ll be curious to see who they end up casting.
Entourage plans to air in the summer, following Memory.
- Entourage remake courts Im Shi-wan, Seo Kang-joon to headline
- Cheese in the Trap: Episode 1
- Entourage remake in plans for 2016 airdate on tvN
- Crime movie One Line: Lee Jong-seok out, Im Shi-wan in?
- Im Shi-wan chooses period film Thoughts of Oppa
- Misaeng: Episode 1
- Remake of HBO’s Entourage heads to tvN