Lee Jung-jin joins tvN youth romance The Liar and His Lover
Lee Jung-jin (The K2) is heading over to tvN (or should I say staying there for the time being) for his next project, manga remake project The Liar and His Lover (literally, the title means “she loves lies too much”), in which he’ll be playing a music producer who helps out our hero. (I know, another supporting role for him! — although this is a drama with a youthful bent, so it makes some sense.)
The Liar and His Lover previously cast Lee Hyun-woo (Moorim School) in the leading role of songwriting genius Kang Han-gyul (Lee Hyun-woo), whose identity is hidden for an undisclosed reason. He falls for high schooler Yoon So-rim, the girl with the “vitamin voice” who’ll be played by Red Velvet idol Joy, in what is described as a youthful, refreshing romance.
Lee Jung-jin’s character, Choi Jin-hyuk, is a producer with a Midas touch who has the highly refined ability to suss out talent. He’s also the CEO of an agency that manages a popular group of which Han-gyul is a member (ah, so is it a secret that he writes the songs, then?). Jin-hyuk discovered Han-gyul and values his talents highly; he’s described as Han-gyul’s helper and someone that Han-gyul needs. But it won’t be entirely smooth sailing between the two, because producer Jin-hyuk is insistent on music needing to be as commercially viable as it is well-crafted, and he and Han-gyul butt heads over the issue.
I still don’t see where the lying motif comes in, but I’m a sucker for dramas about youthful romances, dramas about music, and dramas that give Lee Hyun-woo a chance to shine. (I’ve been quite sad about the projects he’s taken on as he transitions out of child roles, and would dearly love to see him pull off a strong role in a successful drama.) This may be the thing to wipe She’s So Lovable from my mind (one hopes!).
The company producing the drama is Bon Factory, which was behind a number of rom-com hits, including Master’s Sun, She Was Pretty, and You’re Beautiful. Directing is PD Kim Jin-min of Marriage Contract and Pride and Prejudice. The Liar and His Lover will be tvN’s next Monday-Tuesday drama, following the just-premiered Introverted Boss; it kicks off in March.
Via Ten Asia
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