Nam Joo-hyuk up for reunion with Weightlifting Fairy Lee Sung-kyung
Is it even a reunion if they’re from the same agency? Cheese in the Trap co-stars Lee Sung-kyung and Nam Joo-hyuk are up for a potential reunion in the upcoming MBC youth sports drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju, the story inspired by the life of Olympic gold medalist weightlifter Jang Mi-ran. No one’s been confirmed for the series yet, but Lee Sung-kyung is up for the lead role of a shy, awkward girl who’s only known weightlifting her entire life, and now Nam Joo-hyuk has been offered a starring role as a swimmer.
The fall Wednesday-Thursday series is a college campus coming-of-age story focusing on athletes and the struggles they face in pursuing their dreams. The central character, the titular Kim Bok-ju, is a naturally gifted weightlifter who stands up for injustice whenever she sees it. She’s got a fragile heart underneath the strong exterior though, and the drama is about her sweet and innocent first love.
I’m not sure, but as far as I can tell, Nam Joo-hyuk’s role isn’t the male lead, since the casting stories about the heroine described her first love as a doctor at a weight clinic. Nam, meanwhile, is considering a role as the heroine’s classmate at school, a geeeeeenius swimmer who encounters misfortune—a character type he should be familiar with, since he basically played the high school version in Who Are You—School 2015.
I actually think he fits the role better than Lee Sung-kyung fits hers, despite the fact that he’s less promising as an actor. I just can’t get over the physicality needed to be a national weightlifter, and how I want someone who looks like Jang Mi-ran to represent her in this drama. Is that really too much to ask for?
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju comes from the writer of Oh My Ghostess and High School King of Savvy, and the PD of A Daughter Just Like You. It premieres in November.
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