My first thought upon hearing this casting news was that Yoo In-young (Mask, Goodbye Mr. Black) would be able to pull off a pretty spot-on Baek In-ha in the movie remake of Cheese in the Trap. And then my next thought was, Hmm, this version is skewing kinda old…
Here are the ages of the primary cast: Oh Yeon-seo (Come Back, Ajusshi), playing leading lady Hong Seol, is 29; leading man Park Hae-jin (Man to Man), reprising his role as mysterious sunbae Yoo Jung, is 33; as his ex-friend and now-rival, Park Ki-woong (Monster), though somewhat baby-faced, is 32; and Yoo In-young, playing the rival’s volatile noona, is 33. The story is difficult to describe in a single nutshell, though one way to do it is: Introverted university student is deeply suspicious of handsome older student’s interest in her, finds his overtures sinister, ends up dating him, gets entangled in his angst-filled backstory, and tons of complications ensue.
Yoo In-young’s character, Baek In-ha, was played by Lee Sung-kyung in the tvN drama series, who was a pesky antagonist who often popped up to make the heroine’s life difficult. Materialistic, selfish, nosy, and sometimes violent, In-ha poked her nose in other people’s business and only ever thought of herself, in an over-the-top way that was almost comical, if not for the aggravation she also casued. I found the character much less likable in the original webtoon; she was a brat and a half in the TV show, but at least she didn’t do too much damage in the end. I recall Lee’s performance in the drama being heavily criticized initially as overdone and manic, although I think by the end of the series, many had come to terms with it as being in keeping with In-ha’s outrageous personality.
Yoo In-young, meanwhile, has a wonderful knack of finding something relatable in bratty or antagonistic characters, whether it’s as the snooty actress rival in You From Another Star, the dangerous old flame in Three Musketeers, the neglected wife in Mask, or the insecure rival in Oh My Venus. I expect that Yoo will do a lot for bringing In-ha some depth (maybe even some she never had).
Age matters aside, acting-skills-wise, I’m a big fan of all of these main players, and I suppose casting in the same age range for everyone sort of smooths things out so that nobody sticks out. And hey, remember all those teen movies from the ’90s where they got 28-year-olds to play high schoolers? At least in Cheese, they’re supposed to be in their early-to-mid-twenties?
The movie version of Cheese in the Trap will be directed by Kim Je-young, who has directed a few films (So I Married My Anti-Fan, Queen of the Night) and written a few others (Wonderful Radio, Wonderful Nightmare). It will begin filming in April.
Via Star News
- Cheese in the Trap movie courts Park Ki-woong to play Baek In-ho
- Oh Yeon-seo to be the new Seol for Cheese in the Trap movie
- Cheese in the Trap reboot film secures Park Hae-jin to reprise lead role
- An illicit student-teacher affair in Misbehavior
- Goodbye Mr. Black: Episode 1
- Goodbye Mr. Black’s cast dolls up for press conference day
- The rise and fall of Cheese in the Trap
- Cheese in the Trap: Episode 1
- Oh My Venus: Episode 1
- Mask: Episodes 1-2