Let’s Eat spinoff Drinking Solo lines up its drinkers
Park Ha-sun, Key, Hwang Woo-seul-hye
The Let’s Eat drinking spinoff series Drinking Solo is headed to tvN on Mondays and Tuesdays this fall, and casting is underway for the drama that’ll center around drinking (of course) and the Noryangjin neighborhood of Seoul, home to gazillions of academies and gosiwons all filled to the brim with students. Park Ha-sun (Temptation, Three Days) is currently considering an offer to star; Hwang Woo-seul-hye (Great Wife, Feel-Good Day) has signed on; and SHINee’s Key is also considering an offer for what would be his first drama role.
The new series from the PD of Let’s Eat 2 and the writer of Rude Miss Young-ae (Seasons 5-14) will be about academy teachers and students living in gosiwons, all struggling to survive and make something of their lives. Park Ha-sun is up for a character named Lee Shin-ip, whose name literally means “newbie.” She’s a Korean language teacher at an academy, and despite being in a powerless position, she’s a spirited person who stands up to her employers. One of the more memorable performances from Park Ha-sun was when she played a teacher in High Kick 3, so I can definitely picture her in the role being relatable and funny.
Hwang Woo-seul-hye has been cast as a sexy English teacher, and if you thought the first character name was bad, get ready to cringe at this one: Her character’s name is Han Saek-shi, or “sexy” (also “bride,” but they mean “sexy”). I know, who names their child Sexy? Anyway, she’s well-off and a popular teacher at the academy, so she often buys Park Ha-sun drinks and is a source of comfort for her. The character’s only weakness is her behavior when she’s drunk, though we don’t know yet what that’ll be. I hope it’s embarrassing, because I think Hwang Woo-seul-hye could pull that off.
SHINee’s Key is up to play a student living at a gosiwon, who’s been studying for the civil service exam for three years now. He’s actually from a wealthy family, but he’s an eccentric character who wants to experience the “Noryangjin Life” to the fullest, and lives like the other students there. I have no idea what to expect from Key since this is his first drama, so I hope he’s decently good at acting.
Drinking Solo will air on Mondays and Tuesdays following Bring It On, Ghost.
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