Fantasy drama Goblin courts Yook Sung-jae to play a rebel
Oh I hope this casting sticks, because Yook Sung-jae (Village: Secret of Achiara) has been getting a lot of drama offers lately — Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, Shopping King Louie — that he ultimately turned down due to scheduling conflicts, but I’d like to see him in a drama before the year is out. He’s currently entertaining an offer to join the cast of tvN’s fantasy drama Goblin, the next series from writer Kim Eun-sook (Descended From the Sun, Heirs). The show still doesn’t have a director attached, but news just broke that PD Lee Eung-bok of Descended From the Sun just quit his post at KBS, freeing him up just in time to take on Goblin. There’s no confirmation that the writer-director team will reunite, but it seems a likely possibility.
Goblin stars Gong Yoo (Big) as the titular goblin who protects souls, and Lee Dong-wook (Bubblegum) as an amnesiac reaper who takes souls. The story is about them living together in a bizarre arrangement, as they usher souls to the afterlife. The goblin is also in search of a human bride to end his immortality, played by Kim Go-eun (Cheese in the Trap), and an offer is out to Yoo Inna (One More Happy Ending) to play a sunny character who’s used to being loved by all men, but falls for the first one who doesn’t lose to her.
Yook Sung-jae is up for the role of a third-generation chaebol heir. The character is the eldest grandson of a family that runs a major corporation, so wealthy that “born with a golden spoon in his mouth” doesn’t suffice in describing his worth, and he’s a troublemaker with a blazing rebellious streak. Well, I liked his broody rebellious character in Who Are You–School 2015 more than his dopey deputy character in Village, so I think it’ll suit him well.
Yook Sung-jae doesn’t have many projects under his belt yet, but he’s a promising up-and-comer with adorable puppy tendencies, and I think he’d be crazy to turn down a project like this. And I know — it’s probably not the case that Yook Sung-jae’s character will end up as Gong Yoo’s pet, but come on, I don’t see why not.
Goblin starts shooting next month, and plans to follow The K2 on weekends in December.
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