Choi Woo-shik, Lee Dong-hwi consider joining Entourage
Choi Woo-shik, Seo Kang-joon
Lee Kwang-soo, Jo Jin-woong, Lee Dong-hwi
I wondered who they’d get to play the main character when Im Shi-wan turned down tvN’s remake of Entourage, but I’m happy with the move to court Choi Woo-shik (Ho-gu’s Love) for the role. He’s perfect for the everyman manager to a movie star (the Eric character in the original), a boy-next-door type who gets thrown into the world of showbiz when his best friend becomes a star. On the outside he’ll naturally look like the sidekick, but in the drama, he’ll be the lead.
The HBO original series is about a star and his entourage making it big in Hollywood, and all the attendant highs and lows of stardom; tvN’s remake will set the story in the Korean entertainment industry. Seo Kang-joon (Cheese in the Trap) has been offered the role of the movie star (Vince in the original), the vapid pretty boy actor with delusions of artistic grandeur.
Both Lee Kwang-soo (It’s Okay, It’s Love) and Jo Jin-woong (Signal) are still considering their offers as well. Lee Kwang-soo is up for the role of the star’s cousin, a minor actor who’s desperate for more fame (Johnny Drama), while Jo Jin-woong is up for the Ari role — a shark agent who’s well connected and wound tight.
And last but not least, Lee Dong-hwi (Answer Me 1988) has been offered the Turtle character — the other best friend from the old neighborhood who grew up with the star and the manager. He’s the least useful of the group, since he mostly does the menial work, like driving the car and doing chores around the house. He’s a slacker type who always bombs with girls and gets endlessly teased by his friends. With Lee Dong-hwi in the role, I can see him being the comic relief, while managing to make the loser character endearing.
I actually hope that the remake will be a little more to my taste — that is, less douchey than the original. A lot of it rides on the manager character because we have to like him and be on his side when everyone around him acts out, which is why I like the idea of Choi Woo-shik in the role. I mean, Eric’s no angel, but he’s at least a guy we should be able to relate to.
Entourage plans to follow Memory on Fridays and Saturdays this summer, though there’s also talk of it being considered for a midnight timeslot due to its content (it’ll be nowhere near HBO-levels of risqué, of course, but that means there’s a chance it’ll try). The jury’s still out on whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
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