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Lee Jong-seok, Han Hyo-joo offered leads in new drama from Nine writer

This would be quite the lineup, if it comes to pass (currently, all parties are considering, not confirmed): Han Hyo-joo (Beauty Inside, Dong Yi) and Lee Jong-seok (Pinocchio) are both being courted for an MBC drama titled simply W, which comes from writer Song Jae-jung of time-bendy thriller Nine (also Queen In-hyun’s Man and Three Musketeers) and PD Jung Jae-yoon of last year’s hit com-com She Was Pretty.

Representatives from both actors’ camps confirmed that the offer had been extended, though news is very thin on the ground: The only information about the drama is that it’s about a man and women in their early thirties. That’s it! I mean, knowing this writer there’s probably going to be an intricate plot, some cheeky humor, maybe some time travel and a sprinkling of mystical elements, all rolled up into a tightly written package — but for now all we have to go on is, quite literally, “boy meets girl.”

Lee Jong-seok has had good luck with picking hit dramas (…minus one, maybe), so I expect he’ll choose carefully this time around as well. And with Han Hyo-joo being away from dramaland for years, her last series being 2010’s Dong Yi, she’ll probably be even choosier about her return.

MBC hasn’t given the show a timeslot yet, but W is looking at a summer broadcast, sometime “between July and September.” C’mon news. Couldn’t you have at least waited till there was something more to get excited about? I guess in this case, everyone figured the mere prospect of these stars and producers working together was excitement enough.

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Ilike nine n the three musketeers, that drama introduce me to lee jin wook, which become one of my faborite actor

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Oh god, I've been thirsting for a LJS fix all his projects seem to have this quality of getting you hooked, last time I was really invested in a show was way back when KMHM was airing. Hope they both take this up..

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Definitely maybe! Let's wipe our memories of Doctor Stranger and pretend it never happened.

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call me weird, but I tend to re-watch Dr. Stranger (with a lot of forwarding though). There were some scenes that I truly like revisiting, mainly those that didn't involve the political-spy stuff. I loved LJS's portrayal when his Park Hoon character was cheeky, a little flirty, and nonchalant. but when he reverted to the obsessive bf, skip! skip! skip! he had such a good chemistry with Kang Sora and the chief doctor.

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yeah, that scene where he was drunk and pulled Kang Sora down onto the mattress in his house was major swoon material.

It's a shame Kang Sora's already tied up with that KBS drama, I'd have loved to see her with LJS in this one if Han Hyo-joo turned it down (as she may well do, since she's a Chungmuro actress these days)

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I love that scene too. I tend to rewind a lot of their scenes together. heh. Like when he and Sora were doing an operation simulation. I thought that was filmed to perfection.

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My love for LJS is unending, drama gods please make this happen it's been ages since his last project..

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Honestly DS wouldn't even have been half as bad if only LJS and Kang Sora would have ended up together. Till a point I just couldn't relate to why it was Park Hoon was so thoroughly in love with Jin Se Yeons character, and their scenes just left me feeling ticked off..

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@PepperoniPizza - by the sound of his own words (in a video interview on this very site), the PD never understood why they had to make that couple happen either, he wanted Kang Sora to be the girl Hoon ended up with.

and I can certainly see why, their chemistry was off the charts.

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That is exactly how I watch that drama. Watch LJS being adorable and cheeky, fast forward through EVERYTHING else. It's a pretty quick rewatch that way, to be sure, but ugh, I can't resist his stupid hair and his stupid clothes and his stupid everything. I am so weak for that boy.

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Maybe I'M really weird but I loved that drama just because of Park Hoon, I think LJS's best performance was surely in this drama and he should have given that grimmae award for this one not pinocchio, and IMO DS was far from a fail drama because of its rating (it was the top in that time slot) but far from an excellent one either...

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Agree...love his acting in DS

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absolutely, Lee Jong seok's finest in terms of acting.

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1st 2 episodes of DS are definitely one of the strongest & intense intro i've seen in my entire Kdrama experience.

Lee Jongsuk & Kang Sora were brilliant despite the ridiculous writing. Those two along with Kim Sang joon, Choi Jung woo and Lee Jae won saved the show.

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The plot actually sounds swoony, mind you not the one mentioned here but the actual plot that's being suggested in other portals is about a surgeon (HHJ) searching for her missing father and gets kidnapped by a mysterious man (LJS) and they travel between virtual reality.

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W is a story about a surgeon (Han Hyojoo) who is searching for her missing father and gets kidnapped by a mysterious man (Lee Jongsuk?). They travel between reality and virtual reality. It's described as a suspenseful love story melodrama.

I'm cackling because before I found this synopsis, 'a love story between a man and a woman in their 30s' was all I knew too so I did expect THAT plot at all lol.

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that's one intense plot. i really thought it was romance with that description. My view on LJS is based on I Hear Your Voice and Pinocchio, so I'm not sure how he will portray a kidnapper. I mean, look at those puppy eyes!

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I bet it'll be a "for your own good because you got mixed up in shenanigans" kidnapping.

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Kidnapper? No, but then again I couldn't really imagine him in any of his roles until he actually played them, and he has this quality of just *becoming* whatever character he's playing, it's wonderful seeing it play out onscreen

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now this is news I've been waiting for :)

the actors are enough to attract me, what more is the intriguing plot and title!

hope we hear their confirmation soon.

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Please drama god make it happen!!!

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I just adore this kid, he's been so consistent in giving heart rendering performances in all his shows, and something about those puppy dog eyes makes you just wanna root for the guy. I hope he takes up the role cause he'd really excel in a melo, which I don't think he's done till yet at least not of this caliber..

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Love Han Hyo Joo in Brilliant Legacy/Shining Inheritance.

And love her even more for her outgoing personality in Running Man.

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same here!i love han hy joo since i first saw her in shinning inheritance/brilliant legacy,man i love her expressions!and when she guested in running man i totally got addicted to her i love her easy going,carefree,competitiveness & her tomboyish vibe!areumdapta han hyo joo!!!

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Me too, she's sooo good, I don't usually watch k films, but I watched all hers and they're great. She's such a great actress.

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From the writer of Nine?
I will watch for sure. But I hope they get a different male lead.

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Yeah, can we have Kim Rae Won, please? After Punch, I'm just dying for some more of him..

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Same here. I mean LJS is a good actor but I'd rather see Han Hyo Joo paired up with someone older and manlier than LJS. I liked I Hear Your Voice and the pairing between LJS-LBY wasn't as awkward as I thought it would be but I just don't find LJS appealing enough to want to check out his projects. No offense.

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Do they really have thought this ambiguous plot would make sense to speak about??! But at least I can say both of them are really good at acting, and I don't think that LJS hit dramas were just about luck, it seems he has an eye for choosing projects and acting skills to back them.

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He really does pick good projects (Doctor Stranger was an unfortunately hiccup). When he said he'd be back soon this year, that made me worried since all of the previously announced un-cast dramas so far sound like shit (except Park Kyungsoo's because that writer has my undying love) so I was antsy that maybe Jongsuk would just pick one of them because he's too eager to get back to work. W popped up out of nowhere with a good casting already in discussion. I should have known he was already eyeing something unique lol.

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Wait Park Kyung-soo is doing another drama so soon after Punch??? Please tell me I did not misread this lol.

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Yes the writer and PD of Punch are collaborating again! It's expected to come later this year.

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!!! You made my day lol

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If this happens, i'll be on board. Love them both.

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Lee Jong Suk needs to snap this up, people have been dying for his next since Pinocchio wrapped up

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I love LJS's acting and HHJ's aura, it seems they can have a good chemistry!
Really expected!

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Oh man drama gods let this happen! They'd match each other very well

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they are both visually stunning side by side. c'mon drama god, make this my dream comes true. i miss him

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Thank god Lee Jong Suk is coming back to dramas soon. I hope both Han Hyo Joo and him confirm this one. We dont know much about the plot yet, but knowing it is from Nine writer is promising.

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waaahhhh!!! my Han hyo joo!oh my!i've been waiting for her to comeback in dramaland!areumdapta!!!

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I love them both but it seems k-netizen are suggesting LJS to avoid from HHJ because of her so-called scandal... That's really unfortunate...

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Let's not bring that up here. I feel bad for her.

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Oh my bad, I'm deeply sorry, It is my fault and I hope no one fallow my mistake, please forgive me....

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No no, I wasn't saying you did anything wrong.

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Ah, Thank you, but the reality is that I did say something wrong, I'm really grateful to you for making my eyes open on it!

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What the hell! K-netizens are insane, maybe LJS is their favorite.

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I'm really sorry to her and her fans especially you, forgive me, ( and I know it wasn't her fault at all, so I'm more regretful to bring it up here).
No one please don't make a mistake as I did...

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If everyone listened to netizens barely any dramas would come out since they seem to despise every actress out there.

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i agree with you,but i do think there's still a lot of knetz out there that love her..hyo joo pls comeback in dramaland!!!

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I'm one of her fans that really got hurt when the whole community of K netizens bashed her regarding the issue, I can barely sleep when the news broke out but hey, the girl is strong and I hope she comes back even stronger! :D

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You don't have to apologize, thank you for the information I wasn't aware of. Now if LJS decides not to take it at least there will be an explanation.

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HHJ, one of my most favorite korean actresses. I love her a lot. Waiting for many years. Please make it happen!

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I am excited!!! Love them both esp. Lee Jong Seok!

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i will forever love han hyo joo!i' ve been waiting for her to be in a drama again i'm missing her sooooo much it's a good thing she's been active in big screen but i want to see her beautiful & adorable facial expressions much longer and I only got to do that if she's in a drama compare to having to see her in movies for about more or less 2hrs :-)

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Please no. This woman lives so shamelessly after ger brother up and killed someone and het family covered it up. I don't want to see her in anything, especially not with actors I like.

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I may prefer LJS with another co-star but we should know that it wasn't her fault at all but her brother.... It's really unfair to punish her instead of her dongseng... K-netizen should distinguish between familly members too!

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Please yes, oh well, if you don't like her, it's not up to you to decide.

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yeah!i agree with you..han hyo joo fighting!!!

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Frankly I hope she turns it down, even if I liked her before. Her family or agency still hasn't apologised to the family of her brother's victim. Imagine how they would feel to have to see her on the screen all the time and be reminded of the pain and loss they were put through because of her brother.

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Everybody stop being so self-righteous and judgmental as if we are the most moral people. Ultimately, we do not know the whole truth just what we think is the truth, so just stop it.

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i always love watching han hyo joo!i mean she is sooo addicting!as a result i do watch all her dramas/movies not just once,twice,thrice but a lot of times & i'm always waiting for her comeback drama!saranghae han hyo joo!

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anything with han hyo joo in it i will surely gonna watch it!she is just sooo lovable!i really love her personality specially when she was in running man & i love watching/reading all her interviews she's always very entertaining in her interviews she does make the interviewer at ease with her..

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I loved HHJ on Running Man

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So many good news today! First Si-wan and Seo Kang Joon's possible collaboration, and now Lee Jong Suk's possible comeback drama! All my favourite Korean male actors are coming back to dramaland and I'm so happy!

I liked Han Hyo Joo's acting in The Beauty Inside. It seems like she has matured a lot since her Dong Yi days.

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In Summer? Probably somewhere in July and September?
Then probably it will go up against Kim Woo Bin's Lightly Ardently. Will be fun if Jongsuk and Woobin competing at the same timeslot! :)

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Or Moon lovers if they land on september regeardlessly it timing dosen't look good.. Moon Lovers and Lightly ardently will overshadow there timeslot and if they push back to example November there is the Big budget Park Ji Eun drama. early 2017 would have been ideal for them

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I don't think it airs on july, so no competition between it and AF, as for moon lovers, it doesn't seem it can overshadow this one, but the best is that they pre-film it, just because both LJS & HHJ are hallyu stars so they benefit from pre-selling it to china the most!

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Moon Lovers seem weak for but if they land on september air date then they wouldn't have a chance against Moon Lovers? they will be badly overshadowed in China, Korea and Internationally. It dosen't matter about airing slots but the buzz and Internetship will be hit massively.

To put it short 2016 is fully booked with overhyped dramas in Feb Dots, in July AF, in Sept Moon Lovers (SBS actully sacrificed Saimdong herstory which means they will also land in september because they are bound to get overshadowed by Moon lovers) Then the finally biggest drama of the Air is placed on September with Park Ji Eun's Big budget drama. I believe 2014-2015 were empty years compared to this year and unfortunately the hype of the rest of the year is booked. 2017 is ideal for them because there is nothing left of 2016

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Sorry for the Error I meant ''Then finally the biggest drama of the year is placed on November with Park Ji Eun's big budget drama. SBS has removed Moon lovers and Park Ji Eun's dramas away from each other but Saimdong herstory got sacrificed in a september slot and if they put them on November they would have got more sacrificed

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I do agree due but I'm happy that sbs didn't place Park Ji Eun's drama and Moon lovers in the same month. supporting Moon lovers for JiSo, IU and Junki. I don't see all the other dramas being a threat for buzz stealing except that one you mentioned. I don't even see Dots or AF that of hype beasts but they do have alot of hype as well

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Please say yes Jong suk ..

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O.M.G! Han hyo jooo~ Been following her for years, through thick and thin LOL and it's really nice to see her back in dramaland, ahuhu happy tears!!

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oh!i feel you i miss hyo joo too soooo much in dramaland i was like going bananas when i read the news although it's not confirm yet but the fact that she's considering for a drama role makes me so happy :-)

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Haters gonna hate, Han Hyo Joo is baaack! I'm so happy! Please say yes, I have faith in this writer.

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oh yeah!haters will always be there!but our girl is strong & we're always here for her!fighting!!!saranghae han hyo joo!

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Omo! I love both actors!! Drama gods please make this happen..

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this sounds great, I loved this writer's previous works and HHJ is one of my favorite actresses and my love for LJS is unending

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Dream team ....I pray this hap pens and I hope the story is great. Great cast as nd great story...

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Indeed, a dream team.

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I don't want Han Hyo-joo... but I'm also nervous they would cast below her. Ha. I only really see Park Shin-hye with Lee Jong-seok now, they're chemistry was so good. Can't wait to see him in action again.

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Ooo my.... i love Nine so much. The plot n mystery was really that GOOD.....i believe that if it involve something like time travel, the writer would totally nailed it. Plus, the writer build good supporting character. Of course the dialog would be witty n enjoyable.

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yayyy!han hyo joo!it's been ages since i saw her in small screen!i will definitely look forward for her return in dramaland!

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sorry but i can't stand that plastic guy, change him for a guy a bit more masculine like song jae rim, that guy is so femenine for me.

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Figured there'd be one of these cliche comments, I actually wondered why it took so long since dramabean users usually love to recycle these insults about him.

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LOL:-)

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sorry for thinking different from you and saying he looks plastic and being fememine is an insult then you have a problem.

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...What? lol

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@Richie is a troll so forget about him/her/it

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But his fellow co-stars always admired his manliness, they usually said unlike his delicate image he is really manly, so it's true that his image isn't as manly as his manner, anyway I love him in these charactors the most.

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and the fact that he himself is complaining about the lack of manliness in his physique (based on his recent interview). LJS actually suffers from low self-confidence as an actor (which he tends to say in nonchalance and/or with a smile!). he also doubts his own ability as an actor.

but all these, made me respect him more. I think he loves his craft, and knows what aspects to improve on.

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That and he has huge social anxiety, but that being said the kid never ages and gosh he's beautiful, ends up looking pretty than most his female co stars, which they'll tell you themselves plus his skin is amazing

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I promise I have nothing against Lee Jung Suk (ok maybe I have something against his pale face) but just don't pair him with Han Hyo Joo. I've been waiting for ages for her to come back in a drama, I'd prefer to see her with someone more mature... Gong Yoo are you there? Yoo yeon Suk?

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Same here. I've been waiting for Han Hyo Joo and Gong Yoo pairing for quite some time, and hoped that they would both pick the same drama as their comeback to drama land. Ah, well... Agree that she looks better with mature actors.

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OMG, a fat "YES" to a Han Hyo Joo - Gong Yoo pairing!

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Woah, Han hyo joo! It's been ages since her last drama, I hope she comes back in small screen for good, I do miss her a lot, tbh, I cannot imagine her with LJS, I have nothing against him but, I don't know, I think he's too pretty or maybe it's just me.

Btw, I love HHJ's chemistry with Park seo joon in Beauty Inside, I hope they pair up in a drama soon.

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You said "Han Hyo Joo"... I'M IN

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yayy!i'm in too!!!i just love han hyo joo so much & i soooooooooo miss her in a drama!aruemdapta hyo joo :-)

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han hyo joo is my forever girl crush & this news about her being possibly back in a dramaland just made my day!im hoping for jaejoong to be her opposite though coz i sooooo love their chemistry in postman to heaven(just my wish :-) )

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I think HHJ looks like his noona. Doesn't look like an ideal pair of otp, looks wise. They are supposed to be in their 30s but he doesn't look a day over 28.

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Yeah. Please have someone else maturer to be paired with HHJ...

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Jongsuk could pass as a 20 year old guy...maybe a high schooler..hes too pretty for han hyo joo
han hyo joo needs a hot manly guy like gong yoo, jo in sung, so ji sub, even park hae jin would do

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I like these two. ^^ Really looking forward to their return to the small screen if they confirm.

Didn't see Nine but enjoyed Queen In Hyun's Man and Three Musketeers from this writer. =)

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Ohh! How exciting! When I saw this, I clicked so fast. I've been waiting for forever for HHJ's comeback! She's been away far too long! I didn't even know about what happened until I looked it up recently. Nonetheless, she's still one of my favorite K-actresses. However, even though I like LJS, I don't think he'll look the part. He's supposed to be a man in his 30's? I mean, look at that face! He's still a baby! ...

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Looks like Korean love the killer family-as long as her fans defending her with oh ah,oh ah, so cute so adorable, they thought she was like that in real. Well raised girl by her parent eh?
Imagine how the victim family watching her on TV, and thinking about their son.

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if HHJ is in, so i will be in too, plus another drama from writer of Nine. Not too fond with LJS, but if HHJ accepts I will watch. ;)

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Excited for LJS but this might be a bad time for HHJ to take up projects since netizens are still upset about her scandal.. And that might be a lot of bad publicity for the show

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The objection got pretty vocal and intense after the casting news of W, knetizens are telling the show to switch out the female lead. It's a huge rating risk, but I think she should be given a chance. I feel like this label will follow her for the rest of her career, it wouldn't matter if she took a few years off, it will still be brought back up once she resumed acting. If that's how it is then she might as well just keep working right now. Hopefully the comments won't scare her off.

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very well said!...hmmmmm i'll definitely watch anything with han hyo joo in it..fighting hyo joo!!!

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If LJS says yes to this that would be a huge plus, his fan following in Korea is huge right now and people have been waiting for ages for his next show

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hve to admit that im not a particulate fan of either can take them or leave them
but this witch hunt of HHJ made me really rooting for her

as i understand she was not directly involved and although i understand the victim family taking revenge on HHJ wont bring him back
and the actions of KNetizen makes them into bullies themselves

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Oh, please! PLEASE! I adore Lee Jong-seok and I loved Han Hyo-joo's performance in 'Shining Inheritance'. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

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*cries* Miss Han Hyo Joo back in drama land ?! YES PLEASE !!!! I have to say that I'm not that found of LJS, but this may change my mind.

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