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Ji Chang-wook offered lead role in tvN drama K2

Healer-ya, you’re coming back! It’s been too long.

Ji Chang-wook (Healer, Empress Ki) is eyeing his next drama project, and it’s a tvN series titled K2 that comes from the writer of SBS’s smash hit melo-thriller Yong-pal, Jang Hyuk-rin (also of OCN thriller Reset). Ji’s reps have confirmed that he’s received the offer for the lead role, and is currently positively considering.

It sounds like it’ll be another thriller, centering around a bodyguard who loves his country and his fellow countrymen but is thrown away by both, as well as the hidden daughter of a presidential candidate who uses love as a tool for revenge. I suddenly have visions of Healer meets City Hunter meets Yong-pal, which is fine by me since those are all very pretty images.

The Yong-pal connection can be either a good thing or a bad one, depending on how you look at it. I recall being swept up in the suspense and unpredictable plot in the early episodes, and felt an excitement in Yong-pal that I hadn’t felt in a drama in a long time… although then the series faded into banal romance melo and familiar chaebol politicking and lost a lot of its steam. I’m going to look at it optimistically for now, particularly with director Kwak Jung-hwan at the helm, who has a distinct directorial style and flair (Chuno, Neighborhood Hero). One thing’s for certain: The drama is sure to be visually stunning.

K2 is in talks for a September broadcast on tvN, to follow The Good Wife. There’s another show angling for that timeslot, Han Ji-min’s Tomorrow With You, so we’ll have to wait for confirmations before we start making our countdown calendars.

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Yeah. I think he knows a thing or seven about being a bodyguard, no? Regardless...

*squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*

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You know what 'bodyguard' translates to, right?

SUITS. Ji Chang-wook in suits. I could do with that....

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lol .... though i liked his 'healer' look more than park bong soo ...

but but but .... its JCW !!! ... just come back cutie

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And here I thought the key word was "body". :P

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Anyone who wants to know what Bodygguard Ji Chang Wook looks like, heads over to Youtube or Google and search musical "The Days". Squeal guaranteed!

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I'm gobsmacked that not that many of his fans actually know about his musical role as Muyeong in "The Days" ... where he plays a Blue House bodyguard. And has been doing so since April 2013. And will reprise the role for the third time in August 2016 -- so this is not much of a stretch to play a bodyguard for the small screen. If the writing goes sideways, Wook can always sign on as a script doctor since he's been there, done that. :D

But I digress. SUITS. Yes, suits. Yummy yummy well-tailored suits....... *squeeee*

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ALL HAIL JICHANGWOOK!!!! ???

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I HAVE MISSED HIM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH! I have actually been tempted to watch the Chinese dramas he has been in, just because I missed his AWESOME FACE!

Ugh, he is seriously underrated. I really wish he was more recognized!

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I'll be watching his chinese drama. I just like that genre. Hehe. This K2 better have a great script. I hope he's not saying yes based on just a few episodes.

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And SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

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SQUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE X2.

Lol, does he know what his face does to us beanies? A man should not have this much power tbh XD

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Yes!
Well for right now, I'm happy to have him in anything.

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It was just a few moments ago that I was thinking about him and what he's up to in China and BAMMMMMMMMM

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I like the plot, if the female lead is good, I'm in.

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Oh my goodness!!!!! It's been too long, please come back!!

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Eeeyaaaaahhhhhooooooo!!!!!
What a news to wake up to!???
*loses mind*
I hope this show is as good as Healer so we healer-ites can have another party here?

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BAM! opening DB and his face shows up. Be still my heart!

Healerrrrrr-yaaaaa, i've missed you for too damn long..

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Finally! Please come back JCW. We miss you so much!

I would have preferred something cheerful, but I'll take what I can get. Just come back!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a sweet noona romance in the future. *prays to drama gods*

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Me too, I would prefer a different style; his acting skills are superb and I would love to see a new side of JCW :P ...This sounds too similar to Healer and, to say the truth, I liked him much more in Empress Ki when he was playing the innocent and tormented baby Emperor...but JCW in anything is always good news, so I will be waiting in excitement *-*

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I also preferred his character in Empress Ki. Ta Hwan was was tormented and innocent, but also had a bright and loving personality and did some cruel and unjustifiable things. Such a beautifully complex character!!! But, I don't think this is too much like Healer, it has the potential to be incredibly different. As of now, his character doesn't seem to have a dorky or cute side. He seems like a deeply disillusioned man that just wants revenge regardless of the ethics and consequences. I want this character to be much darker than his character in Healer.

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I personally ADORED the character he played in Healer: deep, multi-layered, fascinating, full of apparent contradictions like real human beings are...

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AAAAAHHHHHHH. I pretty much yelled the instant I saw his precious face. Goodness, it's been so long. If he accepts the role... then please be good, show!

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K2 first, we can wait for Tomorrow with You for another time. Lol.

The premise sounds good, will see who is the female lead first. Hopefully the ones I will love to see. Chaebal TVN no idols please for the female lead. (exception for the ones with good acting).

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I never saw Yongpal lol but yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss Ji Changwook back in dramaland! \o/

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Isn't this awesome. DB's header is JCW also.

WOOKIE IS COMING BACK PEOPLE...SAY YEAHHH...SAY HOOOOOOO...NOW SCREAMMMMMMMM....afgthlscyekittff

OPPAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

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Maybe. Just maybe the story might end up being like "The Bodyguard"(Starring Whitney and Kevin Costner) OR maybe not, but this is JCW wearing a freaking suit. Please Please Accept Wookie, Please.

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Honestly I would watch any drama with ji Chang wook at this point (I miss him!!) but this actually sounds like it will be good! Hope it all works out!

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I do.miss JCW, but am so wary of the drama being written by Yong-pal writer. And description of female lead sounds so similar to Yong-pal's. Hope the writer learned from his mistake and make it good this time.

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Same here! Can't trust the yong pal writer really. But I'm unsure if he even knows his mistake because the show got 20+ ratings and was a super hit plus he also got an award, so I don't think he even thinks he did something wrong in that script.

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I think it's also worth remembering that Yong-pal was embroiled in a plagiarism controversy and that the initial episodes of the drama (the good ones) are exactly the ones alleged to have been copied from another writer's submission - after which things went down the tubes.

I hope tvN knows what they're doing here. Ji Chang-wook deserves better than to be reeled into a subpar drama.

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Oh, crapola-- I had forgotten about that whole mess. And I was already feeling skeptical based on how bad the writing in Yong-pal got.

Of COURSE I want to see JCW in a drama again soon, but I want it to be a good one-- maybe the fact that tvN is doing it will make all the difference?

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You're right. That unexpected issue of plagiarism in a live-shoot drama (on a major TV station) with very big names involved probably ruined the plot of Yong Pal after ep.8.
From what I've watched in Reset, the writer can do wonders with a good cast on a cable channel.
tvN is more OCN and less SBS (minus some specific cases)... Ihope!

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so I don’t think he even thinks he did something wrong in that script

umm ... very valid point. With those ratings, would he have seriously even considered the criticism ?

... do channels have some say on content once show is on air ? Bec TVN seem to be on a roll these days. they might 'supervise' and ensure all is good

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That's what happened with various hit dramas like Heirs and Descendants of the Sun... Who cares about good writing if people stay tuned anyway? :-/

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As long as we can see JCW take on a character that's as cool as seo jung-hoo yet as adorkable as park bong-soo, then i'll watch anything he's in.

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YAY I REALLY HOPE HE ACCEPTS

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Loved him so much in Empress Qi
I think Go-Ara would be a good choice. She is a very talented one. I like Han Hyo Joo too, cause she is very good in action and thriller but she is acting in W
Anyway thanks for the news :)))

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Go Ara is in Hwarang and Han Hyo Joo is in W. So both actresses are unavailable.
But I'm happy with whomever he ended with, as long as the female lead is talented and can act. That's the important thing.

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Go Ara must be pretty busy with Hwarang, though. What about Kang Sora? Also, I wouldn't mind a JCW and Baek Jin-hee reunion.

Hopefully they'll choose a good actress.

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ooooh I would love a Ji Chang-wook/Baek Jin-hee reunion though who knows if she'd agree to do cable.

He and Kang Sora would look absolutely amazing together, though - and based on their acting styles, I think they'd have great chemistry though maybe she shouldn't take the role if it reduces her to an accessory the way Neighbourhood lawyer Jo Seul-ho did (also, poor thing probably needs a nap, that drama just ended what, two weeks ago?!)

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His and BJH's characters weren't on good terms in Empress Ki but man, I thought they looked so adorable and had great chemistry. I was actually half-shipping them despite the odds.

Yeah, I'd like a strong, standout role for KSR as well (like her character in Misaeng).

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I only saw some clips but they did have great chemistry and they look amazing together - made me want to see what they'd be like in a pairing where their characters are mutually attracted to each other.

And the Hong sisters are still in my doghouse for wasting Kang Sora the way they did last year.

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Ji Chang Wook with Baek Jin Hee or Kang So Ra will be great!
Though my ultimate dream is watching him with Moon Geun Young. That would be 2in1 package deal for me, 2 bias in one drama.. hehehe

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Moon Geun-young would be a great choice too!

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JCW and Kang Sora? Why not? That would be visually

stunning! She is not too bad an actress too. As long as no

idol please!

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Baek Jin Hee really need a good role after being wasted in Geum Sa Wol ( I dislike myself because hated her character so much). And reunion with JCW will be good too!

I want to see some growing / underrated yet talented actress this time around. Yes I skipped Healer due my personal reason but JCW was flawless in Empress Ki. I want him to work with solid team and experienced actors like Empress Ki again.

This guy has everything handsome face, hot body and good actor too. Who can resist him? He just needs a good project before get enlisted.

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Baek Jin Hee only act in MBC dramas. I don't think she will change.

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Not true. Throughout her career, Baek Jin Hee has appeared in dramas on all the Big 3 terrestrial networks. It's just the odd luck of the Scheduling Gods that her last five dramas have all been broadcast on MBC. She is not beholden to the network at all.

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How about Moon Chae Won? I mean, since when has she given us 2 consecutive dramas tho, right? I'm anticipating she's set to go into hiding for a good 1-3 years after GMB, which is such a shame ? Regardless, a girl can dream right? If MCW takes this on it'll be a YES go for me; all the way. I'm ready to see her in a tough kickass role again (cue pre-amnesia Eun gi who was the baddest bitch ever)

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MCW....im in

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totally agree MCW

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JCW yay, Yong Pal writer nay.

I nominate Park Min Young.

But go TvN! They've got all the top stars lined up this year.

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Ji Chang Wook: Yes yes yes!!!!!
Yongpal: yeah??

Not sure how it will fare plot-wise, but acting-wise, this drama is definitely worth watching!

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Yay! Feels like Christmas with that news!
I wish that the thrill and suspense will go all the way to the end not like Yongpal. For me Yongpal ended after he confessed.

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At last! JCW news. I have never looked forward to Mondays like i have looked forward to Healer Mondays!

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Him and Park Min-young. Now pls, tvn. ♥

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YES YES YES!
What a news to wake up to!
Come back, wookie!!!! PLEASEEEE

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I miss him, his eyes and voice ,so glad he's coming back . love empress ki and healer hope this is a good one too.

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I will take him in anything ...welcome back to kdrama Mr.JCW

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Please have Park Min Young as the female lead! Jcw + pmy, tvN be smart

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Park Min Young won't be available. She's cast in C-Drama Time City and just recently start filming I think.

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I wish he would pick a good drama with a good writer, because I want to see him in a good series. This writer doesn't make me optimistic about this drama, because Yong Pal was a mess, even though its basic idea was fresh and interesting.

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Oh my God this entire week i was binge watching healer and missing him on. And now this. I coule cry a river right now!

JI CHANG WOOK PLS SAY YES. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!

I would ideally want Park Min Young too ( wouldn't we all?). But hey being realistic i am open minded about anyone. But say yes Chang wook!

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SCREAMS JI CHANG WOOK ON MY SCREEN AGAIN YES PLEASE YES YES YEEESSS.

definitely not keen about the yong-pal part though - i never liked that drama from the beginning - but for now, i'll let myself hope. :D

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OMG!!! Best news EVER!!
Please accept it. We missed yoo sooooo much, please come back to k-dramaland. Although I'm with you about the writer. Early episode of Yongpal is so good before it takes plunges in latter half of the drama. I wish he will have a good project before entering military service.

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Ha! Just saw his face in the header & heres the first post about him. Hope he considers, I liked Yongpal as a whole apart from the xtreme melo in the last 2 episodes.

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I would love to see JCW in a good drama. The title "K2" seems strange ( Haha it reminds me of "King 2 Heart" ) . JCW will come back to "The Days" musical in a role of bodyguard and possibly as a bodyguard again in a drama. Yeah! Park Min Young will come to China for a project so I don't think she has time to do a Korean drama this year. I would love to see Kim Tae Hee or Song Hye Ko act with JCW but I doubt that it would happen. What do you think about Kim Ji Won ?

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I like to see Kang Sora with him. But Kim Ji Won will do the magic as well!

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The clothing brand him and KJW are promoting in China will be very happy if that happens that's for sure.

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Kim Ji-won would make a great match with him - I really hope this happens someday (and soon!)

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JCW and KJW would look so cute together!! Please let that happen.

and I agree with the name, now we have LJS drama W-2 worlds? and K2, with dramaland trends, I am expecting more letters of the alphabet. Maybe Y2k idea for the next reply series?

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I think my browser perfectly portrayed my excitement when I read the title of the article.
"Internet Explorer is not working..." popped up when I clicked on this!!!

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Omg yessssssssssss! Please accept and come back to drama land! What actress is free today? Hope he gets a good leading actress if he accepts.

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I see you around sometimes. Good you see you on a JCW post! Lol

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yaaaiiiii, I cant wait Healer come back yeaaahhh~~~
hope it will be meet good leading lady and meet good crew team, so it will be good drama, PLUS its under TvN hohoho I CANT WAIT and I look forward to it >

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YAY! Come back to me oppa~

The wait has been torturous.

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Why do I feel the need to see Kang Sora in this?

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SCREAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!

indeed best news ever! We have missed you for so long Wookie dear! Pls pls accept this already! I would welcome anything from you at this point!!! We have missed your acting and your voice already, indeed the waiting is agonizing!

Baek jin hee or Kang Sora or Moon Chae Woon, I really dont mind!

Fighting Oppa!

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SQUEEEEEEEEEEE This just my day! Ji Chang-woooooooooookie is back. I don't care about summer any more, September come soon. Bodyguard Bong-sookie would do just fine. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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I actually he migrated to china already..??
Oppa it's been too long! Glad to have you back! Why do i have this sudden urge to rewatch Healer...??

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Also, I wonder why it's called K2, because literally all I can think of when I hear that name is the second highest mountain on earth (deadlier than Everest, apparently)

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Thought the same thing.

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FINALLY!! News about JCW ~considering~ a korean drama! And not after his enlistment, but THIS YEAR! Now, what do we do to make him accept this?? Did anyone start a prayer circle already? If yes, make room for me!! If not yet, well...what are you guys waiting for???

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Joins the circle

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Three times a charm, right? (@ the writer)

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Oooh, from TvN... then there's a good chance a big chunk of it at least will be pre-filmed. And that means they'll have time to do stunts even after the first couple episodes and keep up the "action feel" of it.

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I would love to see Ji Chang Wook in a new drama especially on tvN, but I'm wary of the Yong-pal writer. >__>

And the female lead needs to be a good match too.

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Healer-yaaaaaa!!! I'm so happy for this! I hope it works out and that the writer doesn't mess it up!!
would it be too much to ask for Ahjuma to also be in it???? What is Healer without Ahjumma??? love those 2! I mean, I did like Park Min Young too but the rapport between Healer and Ahjumma was hilarious!!!

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OMGAHHH!!! Can't wait hopefully another drama for JCW!!! Hoping to see a pretty decent actress to pair up with him! Kang Sora? I loveeee her! I hope that find someone that will fit the role and with JCW at least! <3

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Kang Sora?

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Kang Sora?!

Oh YES! YES! YES! Please!!!!!!!!!!

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Woohoo! I just started re-watching Healer and was wishing JCW would do a new drama. And then I see this! Please let it happen and please let it be good!

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YASSS! I am very glad that this time it is a k-drama! Even a mediocre one would make me happy, because I missed him a lot but I cannot bring myself to watch dubbed Korean actors in C-dramas at all.

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Me too! Ji Chang-wook has one of the most beautiful speaking voices so I refuse to put up with it being dubbed over.

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