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Webtoon adaptation Bring It On, Ghost heads to tvN

Oh this sounds fun. There’s a new drama in the works over at tvN called Bring It On, Ghost, and it’s a cohabitation comedy about a ghost and an exorcist. That’s certainly the oddest set of roommates I’ve heard of in a while. The drama is being adapted from the webtoon of the same name by Imins that ran from 2007 to 2010, and it’s about a teenage boy who usually fights ghosts, but then falls in love with a sassy girl ghost who fights back.

The story is about a 17-year-old boy with the ability to see and hear ghosts. What he’s discovered over the years is that he can touch them and fight them off, so when he’s in need of a part-time job and can’t find one that pays well enough, he starts putting ads online as an exorcist for hire. His ad: “Will face off with your ghosts. Chances of winning: virgin ghosts 80%, bachelor ghosts 40%, child ghosts 97%, the rest 50%.”

One night he goes out on the job and faces off with a schoolgirl ghost, and during the fight they accidentally kiss and sparks fly. The webtoon has an irreverent sense of humor and mixes horror, comedy, and romance, though the television adaptation will have to tone down the language and the violence — he fights ghosts physically, so there are knock-down drag-out fights between him and the virgin ghost when he first meets her, which I hope they’ll change in the drama version.

The original is a noona romance — he’s a high school senior and the ghost is four years older — but the adaptation would work any which way, so we’ll have to see how they cast it. The network is touting it as their next Oh My Ghostess, so I’m hoping they figure out a way to make it a saucy rom-com in the same vein (though they’d have to be older for that), with a little less physical fighting and a little more bickering.

Writer Kim Ji-sun (second writer on The Producers and I Live in Cheongdam-dong) is penning the script, and Group 8 is producing. Bring It On, Ghost is scheduled to follow Oh Hae-young Again on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning in July.

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Interesting, who will fit this as casts?

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my vote goes to Ji Soo, although maybe he's too busy right now...
so perhaps Lee Hyun-woo? or because it's tvN, maybe they could cast someone who's not really popular but can still make it work? like Shin Jae-ha? LOL i don't know any other actors who fits the high school boy image. except if they were going to cast an idol.
i have no idea who fits the female ghost role though. maybe Kim Ji-won? but i doubt she'll take this kind of role.

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It would be great if they could pick someone who wasn't super popular yet, and surprise us the way Park Bo-gum, Ji-soo & Co. did last year.

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Love Lee Hyun Woo and Yoo Seung Ho.

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I love them too but they're the textbook definition of super popular for their age group.

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Kwak Dong-Yeon wasn't super popular yet but that boy can act.

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I am soooo agree with you! I love his acting!

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I'd totally watch this, if they would cast Shin Jae-ha. He has left quite an impression on me both in "Pinocchio" and in "Page Turner". And he seems to be pretty versatile.

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Okay, unrelated...
But am I the only one who thinks Lee Hyun Woo and Park Bo Gum look like they could be brothers?

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They definitely look alike. In an interview of IU and Hyunwoo, even IU mentioned how similar he and Bogum looked and teased him about pretending to be Bogum sometimes.

P.S: I don't know if what I've said is confusing but in short, there had been pics of Hyunwoo using subway but when they had a little quiz on naming Seoul subway stations, Hyunwoo lost to IU all the time, even though she wasn't familiar the public transport system. She then teased him that the one in the pics wasn't him but Bogum :)

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Hehe poor Hyunwoo!

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Oh I think Ji Soo would be perfect for this. He does slapstick physical comedy really well.

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it'd be nice to have up and coming actors cast in this instead of already popular ones. Ji Soo/Haneul and Lee Yeorum/Jo Boa would be good ^^

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Han Groo should be the ghost. She is young enough and spunky enough to do this justice.

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Ooooo, yeah! Han Groo would be a good choice.

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YAS.

this woman needs to come back on screen stat! she's so awesome! *rewatches marriage not dating for the 3rd time*

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She was the first person that came to mind when I first laid eyes on the image

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Yes please. I could not think of anyone better.

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If they would make the characters a little bit older, I would like to see Han Ye-ri as the ghost!

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Really intrigued by the plot!

The protagonist is a 17 year old boy? *crosses fingers for a good cast*

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I'd love it if they could age the protagonist up a little bit...maybe into his early to mid-20s? I'm not a huge fan of high school dramas, though there have definitely been a few that proved me wrong (Shut Up Flower Boy Band and Angry Mom have been my favorite so far).

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Sounds interesting!

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How will there be a happy ending though :(

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You can mostly trust kdramas for a happy ending even if it involves bringing a dead back to life.

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Believe me, there will be a happy ending. The plot so familiar to me. If you ever read Meg Cabot's The Mediator series, the story is so similar (it's the male ghost and female exorcist).

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Ghost story is perfect for summer...
hmmm...

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You can say that again. KJY is more popular than KSH when they starred as child version of the leeads in the Moon Embraces The Sun some years ago, but KSH keeps on building her profiles with lots of meaty roles with outstanding acting skills. I love both of them, but I must say that kSH is better than KYJ now.

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But KYJ wouldn't be suitable because the ghost has to be a noona and she definitely doesn't look like one. I actually think she suits the one with PBG because its supposed to be girl in the late teens. I don't think the pairing is weird because the age gap is similar to NJH and KSH.

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Actually, I think Moonlight is a smart career move for KYJ (on paper anyway)

1) it's from one of the big 3 networks
2) her male costar is PBG who's basically Korea's rising star/it boy next door
Even if the drama flops ratings wise, I'm sure it'll still appeal to its own niche of viewers and will probs still on a online cult following. Regardless, I just think a PBG x KYJ x Sungjae (maybe) combo is too good to pass up. On paper, that looks great. So I actually think Moonlight was a very intentional move that KYJ made to bridge herself from being child actress to an adult role.

On the other hand, this drama's setup fails in comparison. It's from tvn (so already, there's the ratings issue). I doubt this drama will pull in reply1988 ratings so it's ratings/exposure wouldn't be as wide reaching as a drama from the big three.

Also, male lead hasn't been confirmed. & chances are (due to the age) the available actors that I can think of anyway, don't measure up to PBG in terms of popularity.

Overall, I'm just saying Moonlight was a smart move for KYJ and even if it flops, I can totally see WHY she wouldn't have thought that it would. I personally don't see it flopping just cuz a PBG x KYJ pairing? Come on, that's like a dream come true for knetizens. Do you see the ridiculous amount of support they bestowed on the drama for casting KYJ? Korea was happy af. Although I personally wish the role would've gone to someone older (Kim ji won, hear me roar!) I still think Moonlight was an extremely smart & safe choice for KYJ. For you to say otherwise (or to say she hasnt been making good career choices) is a stretch for me. She takes on layered/dark movie roles and for me that is enough. She hasn't been taking similar roles in kdrama cuz quite frankly, she's still young and I don't think she thinks she has the capacity to do that yet which I fully support.

Although I do agree she has maintain more of a safe/girl next door image in comparison to KSH, I don't think it's right to invalidate her acting career because she is doing great for herself and has shown she has acting chops & range.

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'second writer on The Producers'..... YESSSSSSSS!

'Group 8'....... oh nooooooooooooooooo!

Unless tvN's tempering influence can save this from becoming another Playful Kiss/Pretty Man/their usual cheese-style mess.

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lol this was my same reaction

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Also wait a sec, if she's a schoolgirl ghost, and he's a high school senior, doesn't that make them the same age? (assuming ghosts don't, you know, age)

Unless she died four years earlier and therefore would be a noona to the hero if she was still alive.

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Don't they usually graduate HS is Korea around age 20? Maybe she was a senior and he is a freshman. Who knows. Either way I'm a sucker for ghost dramas, so I'll definitely check it out.

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not really, the synopsis says he's the high school senior, not her. And senior year of high school is the last year of secondary school.

Also Korean 20 is the same as our age 18 or 19 - so someone born on, say, 31 December 1997 would be currently 18 by our reckoning, but in Korea, they're 20 since this is the year they turn 19 and Korean age goes +1 on top of that.

Korean students don't actually graduate any older than students in other countries, it's just the age counting system that makes it sound like they do.

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I was thinking that he may be 17 Korean age, that is why I thought she could be 20. Either way I'm sure we'll figure out the difference when it airs, if there is any difference at all by the time it gets to the screen.

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Lee Min Ho '93 and Han Groo....

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Ooh, Han Groo would be a riot in a role like this..

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Oh yes!

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Yes to han groo !!!

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Han Groo is lovely but I have no idea if she's ever going to act again, there's been no news of her since she got married and apparently got into some huge scandal about her siblings?

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Oh no! That's so sad to hear. It feels like her career barely started, and MND was such as good showcase of her...

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Yep. Knetz hate her. It's sad and she probably won't be on small screen for quite a while. Too bad because I, as many do, adore her.

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Ugh, do they really? I was wondering just how much the scandal was affecting her.

I really, really hope she returns eventually.

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Ha! I just replied above asking for Han Groo before I saw this post.

She would be perfect in this role.

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I would love kim so hyun to play the girl ghost since she is not busy and yeo jin goo to play the high school student,I know kim so hyun is possible but yeo jin goo is busy with daebak right now *sob* either way I will watch this drama coz I love oh my ghost.

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+1000000 to kim do hyun

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The writer wrote both Producers and I live in Cheongdamdong, so I bet he/she is real solid.

I really hope they give young adult actresses a chance instead of constantly running to Kim Sae-ron, Kim Yoo-jung or Kim So-hyun. Age appropriate and talented would be so nice for once.

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Two out of those three are tied up with other dramas right now, so it shouldn't be that hard.

Pick an actress over 20 years old. One who can act. It's really not that hard, they're spoilt for choice!

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Ryu Hye-Young and Go Kyung-Pyo

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YES

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Or Go Kyung-pyo and Kim Seul-gi? I would love if either happened. I need GKP in a leading role stat!

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I will never forget them together in FBND!

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I'm thinking of Go Kyung Pyo and Kim Seul Gi too!!! Go Kyung Po will be perfect, and Kim Seul Gi has shown her inner ghostly feels through Oh My Ghostess. Please, let them be reunited!!

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Ryu Hye-Young is adorable I watched Fatal Intuition without subs for her.

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Wow sounds like fun,too bad that sung jae is already doing moonlight drawn by clouds.

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Now that you've said that I'm just gonna cry in a corner for a while.

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Dammit. Now I really REALLY want Yook Sung-jae in the role. I've been reading a lot of names, but that's the one that feels right.

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Ooh, sounds interesting! Shows like Oh My Ghostess and Master's Sun have made me particularly fond of this kinda Rom Com. I would prefer if they upped the male lead's age to atleast a university student.

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I agree!!! University student sounds way better.

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Reminds me of xxxHolic because the noona romance+high school+ghost, it also has drama with Anne, higashide and shota, all turn out as great actor and already married,
I hope this turn out great, seems so interesting

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I Live in Cheongdam-dong writer? I'm in. Best k-sitcom ever.

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Kwak Dong-Yeon & Lee Se-Young please. They are in perfect age-range

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+1
They were in Adolescence Medley right? Love to see more of Kwak Dong-Yeon. He's so underrated. He's 97-liner, yup perfect age to play that role. Still so young but legal.

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i'd love to see Kim So Hyun acts as a ghost this time...
and how about Ji Soo for the boy who sees ghost??? :D

i still have post Page Turner syndrome... hahaha...

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Hahaha!! I'm excited for this. What a cool and different story. Rubs hands in anticipation!

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Hmmmmm...Kim So Hyun would fit well for the girl ghost, but I think she is not ready yet for a kiss scene. So may be Lee Yubi or jung Eun Ji or Han Groo? I can picture Shin Jae-ha ,Lee Won Geun, or Ko Gyung-Pyo as the male lead

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Lee yubi or han groo with shin jae ha sounds super good

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i think it would be a great cast Kim Soo Hyun with kim ji won!!!they both fit perfect!!!

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Unless they change the "noon romance" part, that's not possible. She is and looks younger than him. KJW looked very mature in DotS, but if you change her styling she can look 15. But it's useless to talk about them, I don't think they'll go for something like this, they're both probably being offered something more buzz worthy.

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If the main characters' ages are increased, I would happily suggest Yoon Doo-joon and Kim Seul-gi but this would mean that the drama will not become a noona romance, though. Sigh, I really want to see them act together in a good romance drama :/

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I would agree, but I think it'd be weird for KSG to play a ghost again so soon.

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Yeah, I was thinking of the exact same thing. :(
Shame though, I really need to see them together in a drama, possibly this year..

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jisoo is perfect for the role and for the ghost why don't bring park bo young again.... It will be interesting......

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Kim So Hyun or Jung Eun ji, Nam Ji Hyun ( what happened to my Family, Angle Eyes, as for the male maybe Lee Hyun Woo ( Moorim School) he's is a decent actor but his last drama is a mess

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I WANT KIM JI WON!!!!SHE IS GREAT FOR THAT ROLE!!!

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D.O is so good for this role!!he has that serious look in his face!
for the female lead i vote for lee yubi

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glad I am not the only one who think that Kyungsoo somehow fits the role ?

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I agree I would love to see him in this role :)

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I'd love to see Jung So Min plays the Sassy ghost! I think she is perfect to this role! *finger crossed*

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Lol I just saw your post! I soo agree!!!! <3

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Me agree +10000000

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Jung So Min will be great for the role... with Do Kyungsoo, it perfect.

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This sounds interesting!!! I wish they could offer Jung So Min the role, or maybe Park Bo Young but since PBY already did Oh My Ghostess, it may be too much! Lol.

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Agree with the the above comments. Either Jisoo , other guy from Page Turner or 93 liner Lee Minho. Since Jisoo is busy with Doctors and Scarlet heart don't think he can.

For female lead would like to see oh yeon seo. Maybe they can cast Lee tae hwan. He is much younger than her lol and my Hongjae ship can sail.
Kim so hyun too young for the role since it would be difficult to make her look like a noona. And park bo young and kim seul gi already played similar roles.

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Kwak Dong-Yeon for male lead. Why he's so underrated?
And for female lead is Jung Eun-Ji..

Kwak Dong-Yeon: 97-liner
Jung Eun-Ji: 93-liner

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I love ghost stories! Natsume Yuujinchou, Master's Sun, Who Are You, etc. I hope this one does well!

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I'll go with lee min ho 1993.. he's gonna be perfect for this..

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This sounds adorable ,can't wait to watch it ,what exactly is a webtoon?

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17years old? So the lead gotta be young or look young.
Actors who is young would be Yeo Jin-goo & Kwak Dong-Yeon.. Actors who looks young would be Nam Joohyuk, Ji Soo, Lee Hyun-Woo… I can't think of anyone else

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This sounds really promising.

Would love to see Jisoo or Kwak Dong Yeon take the role.

For females, Kim So Hyun would definitely have my vote! Kim Go Eun could work as well!

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You're kidding. Two dramas each from a writer of I Live in Cheongdamdong airing back-to-back on tvn? How can this get any better!? Anyone who wants to know why I have so much faith in these writers should really just read this post.

http://koalasplayground.com/2012/09/16/adorable-picspam-of-the-ot3-of-hyun-woo-ji-eun-and-sang-yeob-from-i-live-in-cheongdamdong/

ILICDD is probably way too much of a hassle for most people to watch (lol, what with there only being subs for 40 episodes), but I think this will convince some to get excited. Here's to hoping they'll be able to recreate the magic in their upcoming dramas, respectively.

I would love Han Groo for this. Very excited to see how casting shakes out.

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='( Don't get me started on this,I sooo much wanted to get into this drama,but then no site,literally no site has subbed this.Also I heard this got 100 some episodes? Almost alike to the pain of missing out relishing a big fat volume of my [could have been] favorite fiction.

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Viki subbed 38 of the episodes recently (looks like only 19, but there are two 30-minute episodes per "episode"). I keep holding out hope that they'll sub the rest but it doesn't seem likely.

Still, I actually think those episodes are worth it because the charm of the drama is in its world of characters and the heartwarming, funny situations they find themselves in. I feel sad that the story will always seem incomplete to me, but also grateful I got to experience any of it at all.

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Anyone think park so dam would be an amazing fit for this role??

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Oh my sassy ghostess?

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One night he goes out on the job and faces off with a schoolgirl ghost, and during the fight they accidentally kiss and sparks fly.

I literally clapped while laughing! I can already see the scene in my head. Are they really going for an HS student or are they going to change it? The girl's a ghost though so I guess we're in for the heartbreak. Okay, bring it on!

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Kwak Dongyeon x Bora

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Lee Won Guen and Eunji!!

I feel like this would be such fun roles for the both of them and Sassy Go Go reunion!

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I thiknk Kim Min Seok from Descendants of the Sun would be a good fit! As for the sassy ghost... I choose Kim Seul Gi, lol I know she already played a ghost but she can definitely pull off sassy :D

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Wow, lots of webtoon adaptations lately! Not that I'm complaining, the dramas usually turn out great. Seems like writers are running out of stories to write?

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Okay, I'm SO ready for some new faces to be headlining dramas.

For male lead I vote for:
Kim jae young (search him; he's hot and has this dorkiness to his acting that I think will vibe really well with this drama's setup. Check out beautiology on YouTube if you don't believe me lol)
Lee won gun (he's tied to another drama and idk how that may--or may not--conflict with this but again, I'm ready to see this beautiful man headline something good)

Female lead:
KIM JI WON (seriously, does one need to say more? IT. IS. HER. DAMN. TIME. I think she's proven herself worthy plus her fan base is growing, they need to snatch her up and strike will her popularity is still hot)

Jung so min (again, another great underrated actress for some unknown reason. Like, she should definitely be waaaaay more established than the likes of JSY but no. The power of sponsors I'm telling you. JSY fans, come at me BRUH. Idgaf I speak truth)

Yura (I think she has such potential and actually acts well. Considering how her band members are getting headlining roles, why can't she as well? Someone, throw her a bone. She just needs the opportunity, she'll deliver the rest!)

Again, these are my potential dream cast. It seems a bit unlikely but one CAN dream right? Lol. Also, considering the age range, there isn't much actors/actresses I can think of at the top of my head that is available for this drama atm so maybe this WILL open up an opportunity for new faces to be cast. I would love that. Seeing as this will come from tvn this is even more of a possibility. I'm really looking forward to it!

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Hoping for Kim Min Suk to get the male lead. :)

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i want to see sungjae doing this but i guess he's busy

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For me personally, Ha Yeon Soo and Go Kyung Pyo feels like a fit for the leads (shipped them while watching Potato Star).

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I can envision Yook Sungjae being the lead and maybe Han Groo being the noona ghost with a meta cameo by Kim Seul Gi reprising her role from Oh My Ghostess.

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Sounds interesting i have no idea who will be the cast since i watch my last drama that i wacht long long time ago *ignore

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kim so eun please, i miss her comeback

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