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Gong Seung-yeon tapped for leading role in tvN’s Circle

Upcoming tvN sci-fi mystery drama Circle has its leading lady (well, probably, barring last-minute contradictions, which is par for the course these days) with the casting of Gong Seung-yeon (Introverted Boss). It’s looking likely that she’ll join Kim Kang-woo (Goodbye, Mr. Black) and Yeo Jin-gu (Jackpot), both of whom are in talks to join and are being hinted at being confirmed shortly. (Most casting articles currently state that she’s confirmed for the drama, though a few stories are more cautious in saying she’s a likely candidate.)

The plot had my attention right away: Boasting an experimental format with segments from two timelines (2017 and 2037), Circle deals with alien visitors arriving on Earth. In the 2017 story, they’re recent arrivals, and humans learn skills from them and also how to take advantage of them. In the 2037 timeline, we see how events have transpired in the intervening years. I’m assuming there’ll be mystery and suspense linking the two timelines, and am very curious to see how the production will execute the format.

Gong Seung-yeon’s character is in the 2017 storyline, and is a university student alongside Yeo Jin-gu’s character who’s described as the crux of a mysterious event that links present and future. It’s not clear how either of them will be linked to Kim Kang-woo’s character, who’s a detective in the 2037 storyline, but I expect some Signal-like interplay between the two realities.

I’m a little surprised that Gong Seung-yeon has been picked for the lead female role, since this would be her first time being lead in any drama and I thought she’d be stuck in second lead purgatory for a few more. But tvN has shown willingness to cast lesser-knowns in lead roles, and I’ve heard good things of her past roles (Six Flying Dragons, Heard It Through the Grapevine, Master—God of Noodle), so I suppose I’ll put aside my intense aversion to her in the currently airing Introverted Boss, where she plays someone I can only describe as nutballs in the extreme. It is mostly a writing issue, but that doesn’t help that I haaaate her for being despicable and delusional, and a menace to society to boot. Poor everyone who knows her.

Whackadoodle current character notwithstanding, I remain excited about Circle, which is being considered for a late-night timeslot on Fridays and Saturdays on tvN.

Via Ten Asia

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Well, watchers of Introverted Boss rejoice!! There were complaints of her underutilization in that show.

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I dont think she is underutilized, her screentimes is limited but I think each of her appearances in this drama left some impact which is better this way. She will have more time in the last 4 episodes, especially the past story started to be revealed now.

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She's playing his sister, right? I haven't caught up with recent episodes, but going by Javabeans' comment, has it been revealed that she did something dangerous?

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I wish not to give spoiler, but it is like what most of us expected about her, although not everything was revealed yet. You need to catch up with recent episodes, because what I wished on last episode did happen in this recent epi *ehem ehem* lol. But it was not like what we all imagining hah. 😋

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lol thanks for the 'non-spoilery' heads up @Sera!

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Haha 😋

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I think this girl actually will do well in some thriller, melo drama, especially after Master God of Noodles. She is doing a great job as someone who is mentally unstable in Introverted Boss (i dont hate her character, but she seriously need urgent help before she will be the next one who committed suicide in this drama! Hwan Ki needs to drag her to hospital by any means, even she is not willing).

I am glad she is finally landed her first leading role , she is talented rising actress. Too bad I hope she will do sageuk in her next drama. But nevermind, there will be chance in the future.

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I think she already filmed a fusion sageuk which she play lead with lee jong hyun, it set to be released soon i think

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yeah, I read about that. When's it going to air?

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I am curious as well, and in what channel it will air? I sincerely hope it will not just be a webdrama. I rather it is 2 episodes special drama like Splish Splash Love. Heee.

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They confrimed it's a webdrama, and only air on Sohu (China).

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Really? OK here goes my hope. When it will be aired?

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Aww </3 Is it possible to watch that? I miss her and Jong-hyun so much. They are the first couple in WGM that I liked. Still hoping that I get to see it subbed.

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I am sure it will be subbed. I didnt watch them in WGM, the only couple I watched was Solim but heard many great things about this couple too.

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Oh yes I forgot about that because there is not so much news on that.

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I agree. think she's doing well in introverted boss so I hope she gets picked. And yes something more dark seems to suit her well.

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Yes. I hope she confirmed.

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The writer of this drama is also the writer of Six flying Dragon and Tree Deep roots. So im not so surprised when i hear that she got casted!

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The writers of SFD are the producers. They are not part of the writing team.

She has done her fair share of supporting roles. It's time for a lead role in a bigger project.

I'm rooting for her. I have no doubt she will do well and I'm very happy that she is going to work with my Yeo Jin-goo.

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Oh Alien drama from Korea... Most Probably the alien will look the same as human on earth 😅😅

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I've wondered about that, I think its because Aliens will adapt to the way of people they find themselves in, including their appearance in order not to be singularized or to better hide their (as is most often the case) nefarious plans.

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Yessssss please!

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I really liked her when I first watched her in Six Flying Dragons. Sadly, I found her lacking in God of Noodles. In there, her lack of experience and range showed. I have not reached caught up yet with Introverted Boss so can't say if she has improved. Hopefully she will because Kim Kang Woo and Yeo Jin Gu are both great.

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Oh I actually on the opposite. I think she was great in Master God of Noodles too. But every main roles are complex in that drama, and other actors are very experienced ones. So probably her lack of experience was a bit obvious. Aside from SFD, imo she was great in Heard It Through The Grapevine in which she was still rookie at that time.

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Looks like every broadcaster/writer is trying duplicate the success of Signal, of parallel universe in different timelines. In the hands of a lesser writer, the plot may become too convoluted and incoherent, with rules changing to fit the plot devices.

The premise just sounds like a disaster about the happen. I like the cast, so I hope the writing is good as well. Directing and editing are also equally critical so I hope it all turns out well.

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Before Signal we had

Queen In Hyun's Man(2011/2012)

Nine Times Time Travel

Mirae's Choice and the likes.

Signal was just one of the most mainstream and successful so it makes sense that other writers may be emboldened to bring forth their similar ideas that may previously have not seen the light of day by broadcasters.

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Let me guess, you haven't exactly watched any of this writing team's dramas before... lol

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oop, never mind, the sfd writers are producing... sigh. Not that im judging the new writers already, but i'd feel more confident with kim and park writing. oh well.

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Well, you are right to be concern. The writing team are all new, I believe there is 4 of them and the director is pretty new too.

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Time Renegades (movie out in 2016 but filming began in 2014) has different timelines (1983, 2015 w/ detective) as well

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I really wish this drama will do well! I'm so excited! And looks like she's the first noona actress to like Jingoo and actually get to work with him. :D

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She's so adorable with her crush with Jingoo on WGM.. XD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dohR5IJPwDI

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Yeo Jin-goo has so many celebrity noona crush. I'm not a celebrity but I've been a noona fan for years.

Park Bo-young will be so jealous of Gong Seung-yeon.

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And it's actually not just noona fans who's getting captured by him. Jo Jin-woong once said it's impossible not to love Jingoo and that when Jingoo called him "Dad" for the first time, he felt like he would've given him anything. XD

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Ugh.. somebody please give me Park Boyoung-Yeo Jingoo project soon!

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urghh. This needs to be true!

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I thought it was hilarious that she got all mad after watching Yeo Jin-goo kissed his leading lady.

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Park Bo-young fits Jingoo more cos Gong Seung-yeon looks more mature with him

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LOL Jonghyun's jealousy was hilarious.

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Is this the series Robert Kirkman is involved with?

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I think that would be "Five Year."

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Oh, thanks! I couldn't remember. I hope that one leads to more cross-cultural projects. :)

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I'm very happy she finally got her first leading role. In her previous roles she really showed some potentials although at some point you can see that she is still a rookie but i think she is good actress to boost. I hope she do well on this. She's one of the young actresses i want to rise. Goodluck!!

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Well, I wouldn t call character a nutball, it s more the fact that she has serious health issues and those health issues should be treated asap, some ppl suffer from real mental health issues like her! She needs help that s all, I think that s one of the hole in the plot of IB , ro woon's sister doesn t seem the type who wd have comitted sucide and I feel the same after watching the truth abt the incident from 3 years ago.

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Same, I think her character is disturbed and in need of desperate help. Calling her a menace to society is a bit much.

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If you read at What Are We Watching's thread, few of recappers probably a bit too negative on IB at whole, so I didnt surprised to see it. I dont blaming anyone either, the show didnt do a good job at the beginning. But honestly from what happened to this drama the thing called as second chance seems to be not existed at all. In my opinion, the drama got better, and deserves some love as well. But perhaps as applied to most drama, first 2 or 4 episodes is important to draw the viewers in.

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Yessss rise unnie rise u deserves it.. Been waiting long for you to take lead role now it's your chance... You were awesome in SFD, shame that you're only second female lead in introvert boss when you act better and prettier than main girl... Now it's time for you To Shinee (pun intended)

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LOL girl. Since when to be a leading girl, need to be prettier than anyone else in the drama? We have many drama second female leads are prettier than the main one. Furthermore, I dont think she is suitable to be Cha Ro Woon, she definitely doing well in her role now. Anyway I am happy she landed her first role. She deserved it.

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I like her. I noticed that her previous roles were often side characters with annoying attributes but her acting has always make me understand where she's coming from even if it makes me hate her character more. At least she's someone with potential and acts without relying on her pretty face. :)

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yay! i really like gong seung-yeon. i havent really liked any of the roles she has had so far, but i think she is a great actress. even though her character is crazy in introverted boss, i think she has been doing a really great acting job with the character lol.

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She was an SM idol trainee ~~ was in Red Velvet batch too. Glad she could debut as an actress in the end. I'm always happy to see familiar faces in trainee videos making splashes in the industry even when the first path chosen didn't work out :) Lead actress material!

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Aw, sweet! Finally an actress moving to lead roles right when she's ready to. Her performances in all her dramas so far suggest that she is more than ready for this.

I actually haven't watched the recent episodes of IB and can only assume that certain (expected) revelations about GSY's character have been revealed. Honestly, while I know the show doesn't provide the most delicate portrayal of mental illness and thus doesn't inspire too much sympathy for her character, it still acknowledges that she has serious issues. It would be one thing if she were acting "crazy", while the show was presenting her as perfectly normal (Sperm-snatcher from MnD, anyone?). But it's a bit hard to see her called a menace to society when she's someone that needs help. Then again, I don't know how far the recent eps took her character so...

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I love Gong Seung Yeon and happy that she landed a her first lead role. Fighting.

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Yeo Jingoo and Kim Kangwoo have both confirmed for Circle! :D Also Lee Kikwang is rounding up the casting.

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She really did do a great job in Heard it through the Grapevine! Highly recommend to anyone who hasn't watched it yet (I found it hilarious with black humor). I hadn't heard of her before that role, but she managed to stand out in a cast of strong and experienced actors & actresses. Was happy to hear she was getting a leading role, cross fingers it works out well!

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She did good for her past projects,where she was able to outstand eventhou she wasnt not the lead.She someone with potential.So I think she's ready for a lead role.I'm her fan & excited for this one.

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The fusion sageuk with lee Jong Hyun (her partner in WGM) has been contracted to be sold to Netflix by FNC. They're working on subtitles and then it will be released. No set date yet. The deal with Sohu in China fell through. It was titled My Only Love Song and from what previews and BTS shots I've seen it looks pretty good. And I would love to see my Brown-Eyed Couple from WGM together again!

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