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Lee Jung-jin reteams with Runaway director in K2

We’ve got a confirmation for bodyguard-action drama K2, though it isn’t one that had been mentioned previously as a possibility: Lee Jung-jin (Temptation, Hundred Year Inheritance) will be joining the upcoming tvN drama about a presidential candidate’s hidden daughter and a bodyguard abandoned by his country.

It isn’t clear yet what Lee’s role will be, but it doesn’t sound like he’ll be the bodyguard; Ji Chang-wook was previously announced as being in talks for that lead role, and as of the latest reports, he is still considering it. So is Song Yoon-ah (Assembly), who is up to play the role of the ambitious first lady.

Another Yoon-ah was briefly in the mix to join the show; the SNSD idol and Prime Minister and I star was announced as a contender to play the lead role of the daughter for all of two seconds before the denials came rolling in. She was apparently offered the role but had already declined, so the initial articles had misreported the story.

K2 will reunite Lee Jung-jin with PD Kwak Jung-hwan, who worked with him on Runaway Plan B back in 2010 (Lee also made a cameo appearance on Kwak’s 2013 period drama Basketball). Not gonna lie, this excites me more than it should, because Runaway Plan B was a drama whose plot I can barely recall — anything I do recall had to do with Lee Jung-jin and the utterly irrational crush I had on him throughout its run. It’s something I hadn’t felt for him before that point and haven’t felt since; there’s just some weirdly inexplicable magic about Lee in that show that worked for me, and hey, who can explain they mysteries of drama attraction?

Just to keep expectations in check, this is a drama to be written by the Yong-pal writer, Jang Hyuk-rin, which is a mixed bag; Yong-pal had some of the most addictive and exciting early episodes of any drama in my recent memory, but also fizzled pretty painfully after the halfway mark. For the sake of Ji Chang-wook and Lee Jung-jin, I’m going to keep my hope alive; hey, writers learn from their mistakes, don’t they?

It also looks like K2 will win the fight for the post-Good Wife timeslot on Fridays and Saturdays; for a while, it was uncertain whether tvN would schedule K2 or the time-traveler’s romance drama Tomorrow With You, which had been courting Shin Mina and Lee Min-ki. Those castings are not confirmed, and after Lee Min-ki was hit with a sexual assault accusation last week, tvN backpedaled despite his name being cleared of the charge (DNA evidence confirmed a different person); Shin Mina’s casting status remains equally uncertain. Should K2 get the slot, it will premiere in September.

Via My Daily

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Can't we have Kim Jiwon as the female lead? I really want to see her play the lead role in a drama.

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On one hand, I think she and Ji Chang-wook would have us all swooning

and then on the other, I remember that this is by the writer of Yong-pal, which started to go down the tubes once the plagiarised material ran out. Kim Ji-won deserves better!

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Is that an old photo of lee Jung Jin from Fugitive? 'coz I'm pretty sure he doesn't look that hot anymore. He's now a prettified Ahjussi. Well...

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+1
I've been wondering what happened to her special drama with Seo Inguk?
I get her and her agency are being careful for her next project but I just became impatient. argh

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Omg I was just thinking that! Love Kim Ji Won and Ji Chang Wook they would make a great OTP!

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Bad news! They also going to cast Yoona. I hope that not female lead.

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No. As JB reported above, Yoona will not be cast.

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But if have rumor, they're going to cast actress who same level with Yoona (SNSD).

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Lee Jung Jin+TvN=oooooohs!

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OMGosh JB I have the same thing - I LOOOVED him in Runaway Plan B! Never before and never since. Maybe it's the tenacious cop thing?

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Noooo we're not getting Lee Min-ki/Shin Mina?! /sigh

I still can't get over the name of this drama, literally all I can think of is the mountain. Which is even deadlier than Everest and has never been summited in winter.

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The Korean word for dog pops in my head. Every time. Precisely the way pianoguy in Cheese used to call Seol "dogfur"

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Kill Me, but he looks like Kang Gary lol

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I loved Lee Jung-jin in 2 outs in the 9th, but ultimately I'm going to be watching this for Ji Chang Wook (unless he backs out). Hoping against hope the writing will hold up.

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Jung-jin OPPA!! *heart-eyes* *incoherent squealing*

I had the biggest drama crush on him in 9 end 2 outs and I've been waiting for him to come back in a good drama for ages!

Wish he was taking the lead role though :( Not even my love for Healer-ya can beat what JB said, the inexplicable magic of drama attraction <3 <3

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Hope JCW either confirms or rejects ASAP so I can update my upcoming dramas list.

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Agree

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C'mon Wookie should always be in your list no matter when he confirms. But he should confrim ASAP, DYING TO SEE HIM BACK IN A KDRAMA.

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PD Kwak Jung-hwan <3.

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I really hope Lee Min Ki is still being considered for 'Good wife' because I really want to see him in lead and he deserves it. One night stand isn't even anything immoral in this day and age.

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Why give a writer another chance after "Young Pal"?

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NOT looking that promising anymore. JCW only has time from Aug - Dec before he enlists; but I hope he goes out on a high.

In any case he has the 2 Chinese dramas and the K movie in the wings

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RA-PLANB was well directed, I'm mostly worried about the writing.

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I just wish Ji Chang Wook will accept this and come back to kdramaland. I desperately wait for him to return to kdrama :(

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