Cast changes and a new character for Age of Youth Season 2
Ryu Hwa-young, Park Hye-soo, Han Ye-ri, Park Eun-bin, Han Seung-yeon
A second season of JTBC’s sleeper hit drama Age of Youth is in the works for a broadcast later this year, and it’s been announced that there will be some changes in the cast lineup for the sequel. We’ll be introduced to a new character in the house, while Ryu Hwa-young, who played prickly Kang Unni in the first season of the show, will only be returning in a special appearance capacity for the second season.
The low-key youth drama about friendship told the stories of five college roommates living together at the Belle Epoque house, and the rest of the cast include hardworking eldest unni Han Ye-ri, lively social butterfly Park Eun-bin, perpetually-stuck-in-a-bad-relationship-girl Han Seung-yeon, and wallflower freshman Park Hye-soo. As of now, these four actresses are expected to reprise their roles for the second season, though no one has inked any final deals yet. Writer Park Yeon-seon and PD Lee Tae-gon are staying on as well.
Ryu Hwa-young, meanwhile, will be written out of the central story and only appear in one or two episodes. PD Lee Tae-gon stated, “There are characters whose stories were completed in Season 1 and characters who still have more story left to tell, and in Ryu Hwa-young’s case, her story is nearly over so it will be difficult to tell more of it in Season 2.”
He continued on to say that they wouldn’t be getting rid of her character altogether: “There will probably be about one or two episodes in which she has storylines, but she won’t have a story that continues on for all twelve episodes.” In her place, the Belle Epoque girls will be getting a new roommate, though for now there are no details regarding the new character.
Producers are saying that this was discussed as a possibility back when the first season was ending, but it’s hard to ignore the timing of the announcement, after old scandals have recently resurfaced concerning Ryu Hwa-young’s idol days as a member of girl group T-ara and her controversial exit from the group. I don’t think the story will suffer in any way, since the drama was already so episodic in nature and roommates moving out or graduating is a pretty natural progression in a college sharehouse situation. As long as the camaraderie (and Park Eun-bin!) remains, I’m good with reshuffling the cast and shaking things up with a new roommate or two.
Age of Youth Season 2 is tentatively planning on an August broadcast on JTBC.
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