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News bites: March 18, 2017


Kang Haneul, Yang Dong-geun

  • Fun cameos are in store for Bride of the Water God: Making pop-up appearances are Kang Haneul (through his Misaeng-connection with writer Jung Yoon-jung) and Yang Dong-geun (through his Three Musketeers-connection with PD Kim Byung-soo). The fully pre-produced show will begin filming on March 22 and is expected to air in the latter half of the year on tvN. [Sports Worldi]
  • Headlining MC Kang Ho-dong is reuniting with Strong Heart director Park Sang-hyuk to launch a new outdoor variety program on May 22 on CJ E&M’s cable channel Olive TV. [Joongang]
  • A hotly anticipated movie in development this year has just upped the ante by casting Bae Doo-na (Tunnel) as its female lead. She joins Song Kang-ho, Jo Jung-seok, Lee Sung-min and more in Drug King as a lobbyist, and cameras for the movie about the drug scene in 1970s Busan is expected to begin filming in May. [Sports Chosun]

  • Bae Doo-na, Kim Joo-hyuk, Chun Woo-hee

  • In a departure from his most recent role as a villain in Confidential Assignment, Kim Joo-hyuk (Answer Me 1988) is in final negotations to play a compassionate helper to the kindhearted Heungbu in a film that reinterprets the classic Korean folktale. Jung Woo is confirmed as Heungbu, while Jin Gu has received an offer to play his greedy brother Nolbu. Chungmuro darling Chun Woo-hee is also being courted for a special appearance in the movie, which will be directed by Jo Geun-hyun (26 Years, Spring). [Joongang, Osen]
  • Jin Ji-hee (Baek-hee Has Returned) is confirmed to play the little sister of Kim Joo-hyun‘s character in the upcoming weekend drama Sister Is Alive. The latest from makjang storyteller Kim Soon-ok (My Daughter Geum Sa-wol) premieres April 15. [Xports News]

  • Jin Ji-hee, Lim Chang-jung, Jung Ryeo-won

  • Capitalizing on current political upheaval is the upcoming film Gate, which has extended offers to Lim Chang-jung (Chang-soo, The Traffickers), Jung Ryeo-won (Bubblegum) and Lee Kyung-young (Retrial) for unspecified roles. About an elite prosecutor investigating an influential person (most likely Choi Soon-sil, since the title refers to Choi Soon-sil-gate), he’ll suffer from amnesia after being involved in a suspicious auto accident, and he’ll continue to run into incidents with one suburban family. While the movie may use Choi’s usurpation of political power as its backstory, it will primarily be a comedy about an intelligent prosecutor who has now become the neighborhood fool. [Osen]
  • After transferring from Star Empire to Jellyfish Entertainment, Jewelry’s Ye-won (Hotel King, Miss Korea) has chosen the lead in an upcoming 12-episode drama called Our Neighborhood as her first project under new management. She’s already begun filming in her role as an upstanding young woman, but the schedule and method of delivery for the show have yet to be determined. [News1]

  • Ye-won, Hwang Woo-seul-hye, Jung In-sun

  • Hwang Woo-seul-hye (Drinking Solo) has dropped out of Ruler–Master of the Mask, reportedly due to personal reasons, although her agency was quick to refute the speculative press, stating that her “personal reason” was due to conflicts with an upcoming film. She was to have played someone in the know who would come to Yoo Seung-ho‘s aid, and producers are now searching for her replacement. Shoots have started for the 100% pre-produced show, and for now Ruler–Master of the Mask is still expected to follow Radiant Office in May on MBC. [Joongang, News1]
  • While previously expected to set up shop on weekend late nights, tvN’s upcoming sci-fi drama Circle is now up for the Monday-Tuesday slot that will be vacated by The Liar and His Lover in mid-May; if confirmed, the 10-episode drama about an alien invasion would finish its run in about a month’s time. Jung In-sun (Naked Fireman) has been cast as a key player in the story–a college student who suffers from delusions of grandeur. She’s an enigmatic character who will approach Yeo Jin-gu, and from the outside she appears crazy, but she holds the key to unraveling a mysterious incident. [Joongang, Newsen, Hankook Economy]

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I almost could not recognize Haneul in the first picture. His cheek bones have become so evident.Even though I adore a well chiseled look but cant help and feel sad for him. It looks like he is starving!

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Kang Ha Neul-ssi.... Why so skinny? I like squishy you T_T

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On the topic of Kim Joo-hyuk, does anyone know what is happening to The Tooth and the Nail, the film based on Bill Ballinger's novel? As a fan of director Jung Sik, I have been waiting for the film's release for ages, but if Google Translate is anything to go by, it has been taken out of Jung's hands and given to Kim Hwi (The Neighbours, Horror Stories 2, The Chosen: Forbidden Cave -- none of which exactly inspire confidence), and most of it has been quite drastically changed. Say it ain't so!

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Sorry, forgot to mention that Kim Joo-hyuk co-stars in The Tooth and the Nail with Ko Soo, Park Sung-woong and Moon Sung-geun.

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Never heard of that one.

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Hwang Woo-seul-hye is out for Ruler: Master of the Mask and they have to search for a replacement *sigh*
Perhaps what I read somewhere in instagram is true that the show will now only be 50-70% pre-produced. The show have less than 2 months before it airs (May 10) & MBC should go all out promoting it.

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And this actress already filmed more than dozen scenes for this drama. It's honestly so unprofessional for her to drop it so she can go film something else. So now the crew will have to reshoot all of her scenes with a different actress

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I hope its personal, if not she's just not far sighted enough..

If its not as claimed to be, then its unprofessional of her to do that (i mean at least not after filming in progress already) even if thats a way better opportunity, does she still want to stay in the industry or make that her last and finale work (i would think twice before casting her in future also if im the one casting.. and there's no lack of actress.. unless she's really good.. but shes not even those big names i know of or trending recently).. Its even worse if she's caught lying.. Does she really think she can lie to everyone like that? somebody brain is not working well~

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Haneul-ie! When can we see you in full drama again?

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I'm not one to notice cheekbones but...Good God, Kang Hanue lsure has cheekbones!!! He really has such a mature, older and serious face, its haed to imagine him as a squishy adorable schoolboy!

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Ooo I agree. Kang Ha Neul seems to have quite a 'good guy' reputation. I watched an episode of him in Radio Star where they basically just began to get irritated (pretend) with all the good deeds he's done. But those cheekbones of his are badass. Together with his his frowny - eyes, mature face, those cheekbones are deadly. He looks like a contender for Most Handsome Villian Of The Decade award.

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I want to see him as psychopath or killer in the thriller drama. I want him to get rid of his good image (in the drama hehe).

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He did in Missing Noir M for 2 episodes and was awesome. It was just that in the end he wasn't the real killer.

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He was a sniveling cowardly rapist in the movie, Empire Of Lust. That's where I saw him for the first time.

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I'm surprised you guys haven't posted about the new Na PD variety show with Jung Yumi! or maybe you have and I missed it?

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it was mentioned in a 'news bites' post two or three weeks ago(:

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just checked; was in the feb 25th news bites (:

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excited toward jung ryeo won's next project. miss her so much since bubblegum and hope she'll do more dramas

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