Fantasy romance Goblin secures main cast and PD
So it’ll be a reunion between writer and PD after all: PD Lee Eung-bok of KBS’s monster hit Descended From the Sun has been confirmed for Goblin, writer Kim Eun-sook’s next drama over at tvN. PD Lee very recently quit his post at KBS, and as suspected, the timing coincided perfectly for him to reunite with Kim Eun-sook on her new fantasy romance, which has also now confirmed its main cast.
Gong Yoo (Big) stars in this modern-day fantasy series as a goblin, a protector of souls who guides people to the afterlife once they’ve passed. He doesn’t want to be immortal anymore and seeks a human bride, played by Kim Go-eun (Cheese in the Trap), in order to end his immortality. I hope there’s going to be more to her bride character than is ever given in these press releases, because I like these actors and I want them to get meaty characters.
The drama is about the goblin’s strange living arrangement with Lee Dong-wook (Bubblegum), an amnesiac reaper who takes souls. His love interest will be played by Yoo Inna (One More Happy Ending), whose character is a beautiful, sunny woman loved by all men. While encountering hardship in her reckless life, she’ll meet the reaper and begin to change. I can see them being so cute together, especially if he’s a grumpypants. Or is that just my prejudice, that all reapers are grumpy?
Also recently confirmed is Yook Sung-jae (Village: Secret of Achiara), who has signed on to play Gong Yoo’s nephew, a third-generation chaebol heir with a rebellious streak. He’s a troublemaker, but he’ll begin to live a different life because of his uncle. Well, the good news is that this really DOES make Yook Sung-jae Gong Yoo’s puppy, so yay for that.
The bad news: This probably means that the goblin is also a chaebol, at least one family branch removed? It’s not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, but historically the rich heroes in this writer’s past dramas have been jerks with few redeeming qualities, so I’m suddenly nervous about that. Please, drama gods, if this is true, make the goblin shunned by his family so he can grow up poor!
Goblin plans to hold a script reading on August 30, and begin shoots in September in Canada. It’ll air on Fridays and Saturdays in December.
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