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Namgoong Min in talks to become Handsome Guy for SBS

I’m all for casting Namgoong Min (Falsify, Chief Kim) as a handsome guy. It might be the world’s most generic description of K-drama hero (others that come to mind are rich guy, cold guy, or geeeeenius guy), but you can’t argue that he doesn’t fit the part. SBS has a new drama in the works called Handsome Guy and Jung-eum, an opposites-attract romance between a man who’s got love completely figured out and a woman who’s made it her life’s mission to fall in love.

The new series will be penned by writer Lee Jae-yoon of Tamra The Island and My Unfortunate Boyfriend, as well as the movies Red Carpet and Professional Mr. Baek. It’s about a man who has parsed every theory there is about love, and a woman named Jung-eum whose greatest dream in life is to be married. I’m getting the sense that he’s a love guru while love is a mystery to her, which just makes me eager for the inevitable twist when he falls for her.

Namgoong Min’s agency confirmed that he received the offer to headline, and released a statement saying, “The plan and the script were fresh, so he is considering it favorably.” The casting reports don’t offer more details about the characters or plot, but I don’t expect Namgoong Min to sign on to a drama with a two-dimensional hero, not after his hot streak as a quirky leading man in Falsify, Chief Kim, and Beautiful Gong Shim, which came after his hot streak as a psycho villain in Remember–Son’s War and Girl Who Sees Smells. The man’s just on a long streak, so let’s not mess with it, okay?

Handsome Guy and Jung-eum is being planned for a May broadcast on SBS, following Wednesday-Thursday dramas Return and Switch: Change the World.

Via Munhwa

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Sounds cute. Im all in for NGM in a rom com

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He is for sure a handsome guy while playing a villain too. :D

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This guy can film a commercial at this point, and I would watch it.
I adore the ground he walks upon. NGM fighting :)

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same.

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He has literally posted commercials he's done to his Instagram and I've watched them because they're fun performances. Apparently he's good at picking commercials as well as drama scripts.

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Well yes, me too. Also because I tend to love Korean CFs. You can tell because I said “CF”. 😏😉😆 *goes off to look up Namgoong Min CFs*

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Finally an honest and realistic description of the hero in kdrama-Handsome guy. Whoever came up with this name, he or she is genius!

Lee Yu-ri for female lead pls!

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I just picture them together and I'm already laughing. King and Queen of Quirkiness :D

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I love the title given to them - King and Queen of Quirkiness 💋

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omg yessssss. them together is priceless

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Ha! Cast Handsome guy as "handsome guy". Perfect casting as far as Namgoong Min is concerned. I am not too sure I like the stereotypical role descriptions yet but i trust NGM to pick a good project!

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It's just been announced yet why am I so excited for this??? 😆😆😆 #Oppa'scominbak#

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I'm all for an SBS rom-com. Legal shows pls go to sleep now

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I second this....

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This.

You have no idea the rollercoster of emotions I felt when I read the headline about Lee Jun Ki's possible new drama yesterday. I was thrilled when I read that he's considering new drama, but flopped when I read the word "legal". I'm even considering of skipping that drama

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I think as long as it's not a procedural but just has a legal backdrop it would be more watchable but yeh I totally agree with you

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Yes for Namgoong Min in a rom-com (as the lead not a murderer)!!! Though the only thing I’ve seen from this writer is ‘My Unfortunate Boyfriend’ and let’s just say that drama was unfortunately bad...

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I know! I don't know about the writer's films, but the dramas were not so good....

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I've only watched Tamra the Island and it was overall good or maybe a good drama adptation. The male lead played by Lim Joo-hwan started as a standard jerk male lead but then he proved to be more than that as the show progressed :)

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I loved Tamra and Im Joo-hwan too!

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Wait....Am I the only one who actually enjoy "My Unfortunate Boyfriend"? I thought it was quirky and cute. XD

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If the actress is good, then I am in!

I wonder what kind of theories about love he's going to teach us, haha

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DB's choice of Namgoong Min's photo for this article is perfect.
Namgoong Min's swag facial expression for this news is perfect.
The woman mirroring Namgoong Min's particular brand of wackiness is perfect.

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First we have Pretty Noona, now we have Handsome Guy. What honest drama titles!

I’m always impressed by the sheer dedication that Namgoong Min has for his roles lately. He’s been acting his little heart out and I can always count on him to be entertaining. Show me what you’ve got this time, Handsome Guy!

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I hope he signs up.....I am all in for Nam goong min...

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I already like this from the title and we have Namgoong Min as the handsome guy? Sure, count me in! Hope he accepts this because no matter how his character might sound I know he can make it work!

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im feeling that they're the same lead actors again and again... i need new fresh actors.

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No space for newbies this year; many veterans and top actors are coming back. But you can try JTBC. They seem to be the only channel that utilizes newbies in lead roles.

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There are drama give chances for new, fresh and underrated faces - Just Between Lovers,Waikiki, upcoming A Poem A Day, OCN's romcoms (recently ended Longing Heart, sport youthful drama called Short, upcoming That Man Oh-soo) etc etc. Cables still give more opportunities to them compared to public broadcasters. You just need to find the right ones to watch and you will get to see new and different faces.

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Namgoong Min as a handsome guy? Perfect casting! I just hope the story doesn't fail us. He has had relatively good luck in choosing good dramas and roles as of late, so lets hope this streak continues.

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Namgoong Min sounds like a sure fit!

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Thanks for this great news, Girlfriday!

The prospect of a rom-com with Namgoong Min makes my day. ;-)

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Hurray! Namgoong Min is nuanced, charming, and good looking. I have not yet seen him play a character that is a cold, arrogant jerk to be won over, so maybe this is why I love his characters so much. He would make a great one true partnership partner.

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Btw, this sounds a bit like the plot of the just released Chinese drama, Mr. Right, about a relationship expert falling in love. It was pretty good (I would rate it a B).

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Come on, no way don't go there, the male character in Mr. Right was horrible to say the least, he was the guy that should be forgotten as soon as possible. He was the worst relationship expert ever. I dont want Nam goong min in that role, even Jin dong could'nt save the series from being so bad but it had a some nice mid part till the ex-girlfriend caused havoc.

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I was just about to start Mr. Right, whew i have been saved. I liked the main actor in the doctors show i watched of him he pretty much acts the same in all the drams I've seen of him but, now i know its not just me.

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Nah, I'm watching it right now and am on episode 19. and I really like the guy, as a matchmaker and a person. The banter between the main leads is fun to watch and they don't immediately fall in love. There is a realistic progression of relationship. So far I like the drama, so give it a try. Who know you might end up liking it, too?!

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I thought he was pretty good at being relationship expert? I mean it wasn't exactly on his experience as he had none, but his points were mostly logical and very understandable.

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Great choice of pic for this news! I remember liking Tamra, so I know the drama will be capable of all sorts of cute!

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definitely let's keep that long streak going longer. never enough of namgoong min to light up my screen!

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I did not care for the writing of Tamra The Island or My Unfortunate Boyfriend, but I love Namgoong Min enough to give this a try (if he is cast.)

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there cant be anyone more handsome than NGM for Handsome Guy... I was dying to see him back in a RomCom after Gong Shim. I guess drama gods did listen to my plea.
now waiting to see who gets cast as female lead...

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Lol I was thinking what if Hwang Jung-eum were to be literally cast as the female lead, making the title reflecting reality. The male lead's description does not seem promising yet but who knows Namgoong Min's acting can make him different or he is revealed to be a "Handsome (Funny) Guy".

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Not fresh there's a Japanese version of the idea that aired in 2016.

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Please share the name. I would be interested in checking it out

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I only remember Shiawase ni Narou yo [2011]

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Well, It's still fresh in kdramaland currently with tons of legal, webtoon and remake shows Lol

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This (Handsome) guy has been choosing good projects lately as the lead, although Beautiful Gong Shim wasn't the best choice on the script but he did really well there and was totally different. This plot also sounds fun and I'm actually happy to see him in a romance (not too comedy pls) drama. But as he's supposed to be Handsome guy i hope he's not a selfish jerk but a different cool character and hopefully he can create it.

Also Hwang Jung Eum! Pls comeback and play as Jung Eum. Miss this lady too and guess they'll be good couple. But let's see what kdrama gods have been planning!

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I wonder how he announces to his family he got the part: «guys Imma a play a handsome guy!»

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If it was my family that is when intense ridicule and teasing would begin.

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My siblings would go, "You're going to have to act reeeeeeeeally hard to fit the role then".

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And to be clear, this would be lifelong. There would probably be a reference in the obituary.

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My family probably would say we always thought you looked more like a dude, so congrats.

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Wow, i mean, wow... after chief kim I am a big fan.

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i am soooo excited for this! i haven't finished falsify( watching with family makes it hard to coordinate times to watch lol) but i have watched him in everything else, i have even gone back and watched his old dramas. hope the female lead isn't a child.

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Hi @lostinacloud. Stick with Falsify. It is a terrific drama (as you probably already know). Unlike you, Falsify was my first Namgoong Min drama and as I watched it I kept thinking, wow, what a deep voice this guy has. I wish him luck with this project.

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@girlfriday I completely agree with his hot and long streaks :-)

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Dude’s on a roll. I love how he mixes up genres, taking up romcom after thrillers. Can’t get enough of him😍

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Umm yes please is all I can say. So many baes are coming back to dramaland, I'm so excited!

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Woohoo. Always love NGM. And now waiting who's going to be his Jung Eum. Hmm..

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Seems appropriate as it's been sometime since NGM had a clear loveline for his role. Hard to believe he's turning 40 this year, really he's never looked more fresh and handsome (pun intended). If he accepts, hope they cast someone age appropriate with equal acting chops n a history of good chemistry with costars!

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😁 biggest smile that NGM has really left the second leads behind him!

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For some reason I want to see him with Park Shin Hye. I hope she rejects the Hyun Bin drama and does this one instead. I'm sure SBS won't mind since she's their baby.

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From being a villain, this guy has earned his leading man pedestal because he is an excellent actor and i don't see any problem with him portraying a handsome guy in a rom-com. =)

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I am in!

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Namgoong Min in another potentially wacky rom-com? I’m in. This guy’s just so damn good and I’m really happy that they’re finally giving him the main lead roles. While I’d love to see him play another deliciously evil villain, I’m already awaiting the moment when his character falls in lurve and am wondering how his heart eyes will look like. Hehe. Please have an equally winning actress paired up with him!

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I feel like Namgoong Min has been avoiding romances for a while, (not that it is hurting his career in the least). If this is something a bit different that gives him a chance to display his considerable acting chops, I am there 100 percent.

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