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Mermaid-sellers and cast reunions lined up for Legend of the Blue Sea

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Na Young-hee, Hwang Shin-hye, Sung Dong-il

Legend of the Blue Sea is the modern retelling of a Joseon classic fable about a mermaid caught by a fisherman, who was then saved and released back into the ocean. In the new drama, a mermaid struggling to adapt to human life in Seoul and a cynical con artist meet and fall in love. With the main cast now confirmed, the production team for the much-anticipated SBS fantasy romance drama is seriously getting down to business. 

There’s been a flurry of casting, and it’s hard getting everything straight especially with so many talented names being thrown about. Of course, we have Lee Min-ho (Heirs) and Jeon Ji-hyun (You From Another Star) as our main leads. They have already headed to the Palau Archipelago to start filming their underwater scenes. 

From the start, Writer Park Ji-eun (You From Another Star, Producer) reportedly had these two actors in mind when she wrote the script. She also called longtime friend Na Young-hee (Lucky Romance) to come join her in Legend of the Blue Sea. The actress has confirmed and this will be her fifth project with Writer Park, and her second project with Jeon Ji-hyun. They played the epitome of a comical bickering mother-daughter pair in You From Another Star.

In addition, veteran actress Hwang Shin-hye (Passionate Love), who can usually be seen in weekend makjangs and tearful melodramas, has received the script for the series and is positively reviewing it. Likewise, Sung Dong-il (Pied Piper, Answer Me 1988) is currently in negotiations to join the cast. For the first time in a long while, our neighborhood ajusshi may play the bad guy, who wants to sell the mermaid to the highest bidder.

Two other heavyweight talents who have confirmed are Lee Hee-joon (Yoo-na’s Street) and Moon Sori (Golden Age of My Life). Recently, both have been deeply steeped in the Chungmuro world, and so Legend of the Blue Sea will be their comeback to the small screen. Young rising actors Shin Hye-sun (Five Kids) and Lee Ji-hoon (Mirror of the Witch) have also joined the cast as supporting characters.
 
Wednesday-Thursday SBS drama Legend of the Blue Sea starts airing this November, after rom-com Jealousy Incarnate finishes its run. 

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That lady, Na Young-hee, usually plays a bad mom in all the shows I've seen her in. When she shows up, we joke "I bet one of the main characters is her abandoned kid again".

Sung Dong-il's character is why we need a conman. Is Lee Min-ho gonna sell him a giant tuna and pretend it's a mermaid?

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Hahaha?. True that. I'm always wondering which child she abandoned, cared less, or used for selfish reasons. Let's hope she plays a good ajumma this time around.

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Well if he is as gullible as in Reply88 then this could actually happen, I hope he has enough money here at least and doesn't use his family savings. ? Can we have Lee Il-hwa cameo as his wife and kick him in the butt then? And she was also in MLFAS.

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If lee mon ho character sells tuna to him jun ji hyun will be angry, oh you sell my sister to him?

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Each time new names get added to this drama, I'm getting drawn to watch. XD Gonna see what else is airing at that time before I decide if I'll tune in. If so, I'll be watching for JJH, SDI, and LJH.

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I will DEfinitelyyyyyy watch this drama because of Lee Min Ho ❤❤❤
Lee Min Ho has such awesome and unparalleled charisma.

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so the casting for this star wars of a drama kinda never ends! like everyone wasn't already in when they casted LMH & JJH as the OTP.. I really hope it lives up to expectations, fingers crossed....

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I'm not particularly interested in the plot but I'm definitely gonna watch this drama for the good casts

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Jeon Ji-Hyun and Lee Minho? Woah. This is going to be huge. I can already see the future.

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Do not put your expectation too high. But they probably expect this to be huge in all ovet asia.

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You mean Lee MinWoah? HA. Not mine.

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Wow. So far, the cast is awesome. This would totally sell. I hope it's a good drama though.

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Moon Sori's name is to my mind forever connected to Legend, in which she played Bae Yong Joon's wife. K viewers were livid at the time, for they felt that she ruined the viewing for them, and harshly criticised her for looking like his mother, not his wife. It got so bad that the director had to go on tv to explain her casting. He conceded that she wasn't their 1st choice but had to cast whoever was available, and owing to difficult filming conditions, they had to cast sb who could withstand the cold, outdoor filming. That was a slap on an actress' face if ever there was one! Then she went on tv to say that she thought she looked like BYJ's aunt, not his mother, which I thought was really funny. I haven't watched her in any K drama since.

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i will also always remember her as seo ki ha..

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That's sick. She is two whole years younger than him and ten years ago she was only 32. Shame.

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