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Go Ara up to romance robot Seo Kang-joon in KBS’s Are You Human Too

As far as titles go, KBS’s Are You Human Too is a pretty solid one, given that it’s immediately evocative and piques curiosity. The latest news on this drama’s progress is that it is now courting Go Ara (Hwarang) to star, with the male lead role still out to Seo Kang-joon (Entourage), who was offered the project last month and is still in talks.

Are You Human Too is described, rather interestingly, as a story about a “human impersonation con project,” in which a robot armed with artificial intelligence works his way into a fierce power battle within a chaebol family in a large-scale con. Seo Kang-joon has been offered the role of an android named SwindlerGod-III, which, ha. I’m guessing he probably goes by a different name most of the time, given that the robot is initially made upon the request of a third-generation chaebol’s mother after he falls into a coma. Um, that’s not weird and Oedipal at all.

There’s no word on the role Go Ara has been offered, and nothing more about the plot than that previous description, so for now I’m limited to my own speculations. But an android who messes with power-hungry chaebols as part of a con job? That sounds potentially uproarious, and I’m looking with interest at the producing combo of Princess’s Man writer Jo Jung-joo and PD Cha Young-hoon of the quirky mini-drama Baek-hee Has Returned (as well as Uncontrollably Fond, which I don’t hold against him as he did not write it; he was also the second PD on Joseon Gunman and Gaksital, which were both very well-shot).

Are You Human Too does not yet have a premiere date, but is looking at a broadcast run in the latter half of this year.

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This sounds totally strange and different and I'm so down for it!

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"robot Seo Kang Joon"

Gotta hand it to whoever was behind this casting xD

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I thought I was the only one who was like wait, he might be perfect for this role. And Go Ara has completely made me wary of her since her awful role in Hwarang.

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Definitely. I had previously only seen her in You're All Surrounded and she made little impression on me one way or another. But Hwarang cast her in an unflattering light for me. I think I might avoid this project until it can be confirmed by viewers that it's not total crap.

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Yeah, as pretty as Seo Kang-joon and Go Ara are, they're not very consistent. I really didn't like Go Ara in Hwarang. This is quite an interesting pairing... I feel the same about not watching this show unless others say it's worth it.

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Agreed. I really only liked Seo Kang-joon in Cheese and Go Ara in Reply so...not sure what to expect.

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ditto

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it's like "Robot, meet robot."

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LMAO

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I haven't seen him in any drama so the comments about him being a "robot" made me curious. Not sure if I want to try watching his past dramas but I sure hope if he's gonna get this, he'll exceed expectations! Heh. On the other hand, I love Go Ara but I also hope she gets better roles/projects. ?

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Chicken chingu! ??? I've only seen him in Cheese, but I thought he was great there (he was cute, funny and emoted well), so... ??‍♀️ I think it's more his characters/his portrayal (?) of his characters that people aren't fond of. I heard he was a total jerkwad in Entourage, so not sure if that's his fault. I think he's got a lot of potential!

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thanx for all the recaps. i really enjoy reading them.
when will you start recapping Secret romance?

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Well, this year all those so called no-talent-in-acting actors are stepping up their game. I hope seo kang joon will also improve. I liked him in CITT but havn't watched him in anything else.

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Yeah, I've only seen his acting in Cheese and thought he was pretty good there and actually liked his character... but I guess that was the problem because I don't think I was supposed to like his character. Either way, if they both confirm, I'll def give these two a chance and check this out.

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This sounds so weird, I think I'll have to give it a go and see???

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I really wanted to see Go Ara in something other than Hwarang! I really like her but I wish she picked better projects! Hope this is good though. I'll watch it for her...although not a big fan of Seo Kang-joon...

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Watch Reply 1994, she was awesome there!

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I think that's the only drama she was watchable in, other than her Producers cameo which was hilarious.

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I liked her in You're All Surrounded.

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She was okay for me in that, not really memorable. I think the Lee Seunggi and Cha Seungwon stole the show for me.

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That's the only one I didn't watch in the Reply series lol. I watched and loved the other two. Will give this a go one day!

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it's worth it! just keep the tissues handy

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@meph and @deathbychocolate
HAHA too late...I've seen the recaps and pretty much know the ending lolz ;)
But I totally get what you mean by don't ship. I still can't get over the fact that Jung-wan isn't Deok-son's husband in Reply 1988! :(

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Word of advice: Don't ship any ship. Just don't. ?

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I'm hoping that Go Ara would pick something slice-of-life or go with a drama that doesn't sound like she's going to be relegated to romantic interest or maybe re-invent herself as a villain.

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One half of me thinks "This sounds like an absolutely ridiculous mess" but the other half of me thinks "This sounds like an absolutely ridiculous AND AWESOME"

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It reminds me of Vampire Idol in terms of it sounding like a mess, but being hilarious despite that.

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This synopsis reminds me of the American movie A.I: Artificial Intelligence , which also the family adopt a robot to replace thier in coma son.

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It sounds intriguing and strange and I'm definitely down for it! A robot swindler who messes with a chaebol family? Bonus points if they really do get Seo Kang-Joon to star. I want to see him pull off the cold robotic air of his character. Better yet if he's a robot who has to fake being human to accomplish his mission. I can't wait for all the hijinks! Robot reading various texts to help him with his mission "understanding human psychology", "how to act human enough to fool your mother," "Be cold and distant, so technically be yourself: The act of playing like a chaebol", "how to swindle people out of their money, and no holding them by the neck isn't acceptable human behaviour" and even better "how to kiss like a human and mean it". Yes, so much potential in this! I can't wait!!!!

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Sounds great. So the robot will be too human in the chaebol family! Is he the pianist in Cheese in the Trap?

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Yes to both! Imagine that parallel though. A robot that's the most human in the chaebol family. I love! And yes, he's the pianist in cheese in the trap :).

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Adds to list!

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"Be cold and distant, so technically be yourself: The act of playing like a chaebol"

Ha! This one is golden! :P

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If they both take their offered roles, they're going to be a couple with beautiful eyes!

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This is right up my alley, and so are the prospective leads. I hope they both accept the roles.

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It's same with Goo Hye Sun vs Ahn Jae Hyun in Blood. LOL. Who know they will get married after this.

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ROFL

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LOL

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LMAO

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Oh no, I love both the Writer and the PD, esp. the Writer (just wonder where she has been since Cheer Up, Mr.Kim, it's already been 5 years). Problem is the cast (as of now), Seo Kang Joon does nothing to me and Go Ara hurted me bad in Hwarang (I really really really loved her back in Reply 1994 days). If she accepts the role, Drama God, please help her (and us). NO CRY, NO STARE WITH BIG-OPENED-EYES, PLEASE!!!

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premise seems really weird. not really sure how to feel about this one. as much as i want her to redeem herself from the mess that is hwarang, i somehow feel that she should pass on this. i have this feeling thay this one would be a bigger mess than her last project. hope she gets a better project.

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Go Ara Go Ara Go Ara Go Ara Go Ara doesn't find it too strange at all hmm .. hmm hope she does well

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She is an okay actress but maybe she could be the robot because her acting skills still need work.On top of that we can have a cross-dressing robot with double secrets !

Kang Joon-Oh,you're a robot It's fine

Kang Joon-Wait,youre a robot and you're a girl pretending to be a guy! Quit playing with my heart.

She can be a girl robot pretending to be a male created to replace the chaebol heir except they miscalculated the design and he turned out to be a she (Mulan Style).

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I'm guessing the character will have enough artificial intelligence to pass as a human. We need a robot that the audience can feel for with even if the character isn't human. So, it could be a tricky role and a robot acting won't cut it.

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Wow. Both of them have natural brown eyes, right? The visual will be pretty I think.

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Apparently hers are hazel? But yes, definitely excited for this pairing bc of their similar beautifully light colored eyes, tbh.

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Looking forward to seeing where they go with this one- the premise is an interesting one. I do fear that this drama will get more attention for its idol casting rather than its actual product though. I have no issue with either (I love Seo Kang Joon to pieces and I didn't know he was an idol til after I watched Cheese), but people do seem to love hating on idol-actors

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He's not an idol actor, he's just a member of an 'actor group' (as opposed to an idol group who sings), which makes no sense to me but there you go, lol

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His group actually doing both - acting and singing. So I think it is still idol. They have released single, if I am not mistaken. Maybe Fantagio wanted to be more unique than other agency, but none of the actors from this group managed to amaze me so far with their acting. They are either just average or mediocre actors.

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I like all of the actors, ha ha. Although admittedly it might not be their acting exactly but more their appearance and charisma and adorableness that attracts me

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Yeah, him and his group, 5urprise actually sang one of the Cheese OSTs.

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My first thought was so both of them are robot? Go Ara destroy Hwarang. Luckily PHS has SWDBS to recover. PSJ might have TRMW as well. I know Hwarang filmed last year. But isnt it rare to have three main leads have two dramas each in one year?

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This drama seems like it'll get acting controversies from the first episode. But I don't care because the visuals are stunning and the plot is unique.

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Perfect casting

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Assuming they're both playing robots?

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Does sound interesting as long as she does not have too many crying scenes...

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Oooh, intrigued. The whole robot/human love thing has so much potential for angst and funny secret-identity shenanigans (A jdrama I really enjoyed back in the day was all about this Zettai Kareshi, aka Absolute Boyfriend. Just a bit worried about the chaebol/company politics dragging things down by being too makjang or poorly plotted.

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That's one of my favorite mangas!! Hoping they do a Korean remake at some point.
At the company politics part, is he basically a spy that's a robot?? And he has to take the company down from within?

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Luckily I could pass this one... Sorry not sorry.

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Not interested in the plot or actors?

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bye !

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Love it when actors I can pass up are paired in a drama. Hate when it's a good drama!

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Decisions Decisions. Not very fond of Go Ara but I havent seen Seo Kang Joon in a drama since What Happens to My Family? and Cunning Single Lady

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Honestly I am so curious what is in their mind to cast these two weak actors as the main casts. The premise sounds interesting though.

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Just their visuals alone will bring some into the show. Sadly, the casting ppl don't always look for talent ??

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I can at least understand a little if they cast someone popular with less talent because of the huge popularity like Suzy, Yoona etc. But for these two, I dont think their popularity are that huge. Maybe they want to cast these two to play robot with pretty face.

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I might not watching the whole reply 1994 series. But Go ah ra is so good there based on what I watch for the first 1-2 episode. Far for just being decent. Look at Hwarang script and the way they handle the scene. Man even the best actress won't save that drama.

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Unfortunately she was the reason that I cannot tolerate to continue Reply 94. Saw her in few episodes of You're All Surrounded and Hwarang, nothing to be remembered from her mediocre acting. The funny thing, her cameo in Producer is quite memorable. Yes the script for Hwarang was horrible, but if I am correct, her character was not the only one poorly written. Same goes to others too. Her expression was too bland and her poorly written chararacter was not helping either.

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There is nothing you can work with unintentinal funny scene. I just pick some random episode in Hwarang i just laugh my ass off at the at absurdity the whole scene. Ther is nothing impressive in terms of acting in Hwarang for the young cast either. Well is she getting bland each episode in reply 1994?

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I cannot comment as whole because like I said, I was unable to continue watch Reply 94 after few epi because of her. Actually it applies to all Reply franchise. Even Eunji in Reply 97, I dropped at first because of her. I only recently re-pick up after I started to like her in Sassy Go Go and Trot Lover. I seem to have a problem with all female leads in Reply franchise. The character is not really likeable but at the same time I also dont understand why choose someone mediocre too.Maybe like some fans said, those actressess do well in Reply but the performance is not consistent in other drama.

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You can read my mind? Haha. Why oh why? TT. Yup, although the plot sounds weird but if it's handled well I think it will be an interesting drama plus I like some previous projects from the writer and PD. I think Seo Kang Joon is not the first choice though his name that appear first in the media. I've read in the end of 2016 that they tried to to cast top stars as main lead but I think they refused it. Not sure if Go Ara is main choice or not. Probably, the script changes to fit their range of acting.

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I didnt remember if I read about that. About Go Ara, I read that she will have a drama with Lee So Hyuk (but maybe it is just a rumours, just like rumours Kim So Hyun will have a drama with Park Shin Hye lol). Or maybe they will cast Lee So Hyuk too in this drama? Lee So Hyuk will be gorgeous as a robot too. lol.

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I read about this drama for the first time on Naver in the end of 2016 and just rely on Google Translate. LOL. It was about what project that Hyun Bin would take in 2017 after he had success with his film Cooperation. And this drama was one of the offers that came to him. So I kinda excited plus this one is under MDBC team. I think they prepared it for a long time because this drama will be aired in the second half of 2017. So I kinda dissapointed after Seo Kang Joon name that pop up...
But, yeah I don't think Hyun Bin took it seriously, so the news didn't blow up in the media. I think its about chaebol and he wants let go that type of role, the plot kinda weird so is quite risky because if it isn't handled properly it can be a disaster and maybe a top star like Hyun Bin has another offer that more interesting plus maybe he still traumatized for come back to dramaland after Hyde...

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I wonder if the premise is too out-there. It's a sci-fi/fantasy drama, but also one of those corporate-takeover-dramas.
Maybe they've actually offered it a bunch of better actors but were rejected or those actors were busy. However, these two may be giving it more serious consideration so they made the announcement?

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It could be.

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I have the same hair as she does yet I still look like Evil Eunuch from Goblin. #howtogoAraPlease

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Stooooooop! Hahaha you do not!

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This drama sounds very intriguing, it seems like "Absolute Boyfriend" but with an added main element of suspense and intrigue. The writer is good, and that is important. So based on that, and the fact that the premise sounds unique/strange but also promising, I am very interested.

However, why is it that they keep getting these casts that are not up to par and give them them the leading role? "While You Were Asleep" has Suzy (I'm not even hoping she'll be good, I'm just hoping she'll be decent and not distracting), and now this with the possible casting of Go Ara who can't emote and SKJ who leaves a bad taste in my mouth (but I hope he's not as bland as he used to be). Anyways I will give them a chance, because the premise of this drama could be promising, and I just hope that if they both accept that both will have improved.

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This plot description sounds like pretty heavy lifting for what we've seen from these two actors ?

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Reeeaaallly iffy about this pairing. They are both visually striking but have never impressed me with their acting. I'm especially side-eyeing go ara after that hwarang disaster lol. They are damn pretty though.

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I really like Go Ara, and I wish she were better at picking projects. The plot sounds a little zany, but I hope it's zany in a good way!

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I sincerely hope this robot doesn't play piano *sigh*

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This made me laugh and cringe at the same time... oh please don't remind me!

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If you love Seo Kang-joon, set piano free LMAO

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Seo Kang-joon is terrible. Please stop giving him lead roles. I don't know what sponsor he has, but enough is enough at this stage.

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Oh man.. I wish it's Park hyun suk. Miss him so much. That drama acting look so sincere. But pD cha Young Ho, he also taking apart to make it so good

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Huh. Weird indeed. Also, I liked Seo Kang-joon in Cheese in the Trap. Yet no matter how much I tried to like Go Ara in the only role I watched her play in Hwarang, I could not. Perhaps that role just didn't suit her? But this pairing seems interesting anyway!

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Wow! Go Ara will surely do another amazing job here just like in Hwarang! She is absolutely beautiful!

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My initial thought is robot Seo Kang Joon is so perfect, especially after his perfomance in Entourage. Go Ara is okay depending on the role but I feel this drama will be the meeting of robot + robot with these two main leads xD

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Robot and robot act together.
Perfect,!

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The premise sounds really different and intriguing!! I'm already envisioning lots of hilarious (and hopefully ingenious) hijinks!! XD

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That title tho... LMAO

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Robot and robot act together. Perfect!

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If there's a love interest for this robot, ya'll know what that means! ...always a sad ending.

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Hmm... Feel pretty meh about it. Well who knows, maybe it'll be good.

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I'm all in for this... Seo kang joon... don't disappoint us .. well as for Go Ara I seriously have no any expectations since hwarang...

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It'd be more interesting as a movie tbh. As a 16 or 18-episode drama? Not so much. Plus the leads are meh

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So glad it's not called "SwindlerGod-III." ?

For some reason, I actually have a good feeling about this casting. The story def sounds interesting and has potential to be good, I think. Also, Go Ara and Kang Seo-joon are both so gorgeous! They have beautiful eyes.

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Whoa, seo kang jun and go ara in a robot-chaebol drama?!

These PDs should be given an award for perfect casting!! Lol..

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Their eyes are both beautiful!

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I'm giving Seo Kang Joon another chance. And if it's Go Ara, my girl crush, then of course I'm watching this!

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The premise is soo intresting i'm totally in for fresh ideas but not so happy about Go Ara,her last two project didn't wow me so much...Did she accept the offer?

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i wish Go Ara take the lead

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