IU, Yeo Jin-gu confirm lead roles in Hong sisters fantasy drama
I have. So. Many. Feelings about this news. On the one hand, we’ve got a lead pairing that I love in IU (My Ajusshi) and Yeo Jin-gu (The Crowned Clown). On the other, they’re starring in the newest show from the Hong sisters, the tvN drama Hotel del Luna. Now, don’t get me wrong, I was (am?) the biggest fan of many of these writers’ works, but I’ve been burned several times over the years and I don’t know whether my heart can take another disappointment.
I’m crossing all my fingers and all my toes though, because I’m intrigued by the plot description: The titular Hotel del Luna, located in the middle of Seoul, looks to all the world to be an old and dilapidated building. However, it holds a glamorous interior, one that the living can’t enjoy because the hotel only caters to ghostly clientele. Interestingly enough, this project was conceived by the Hong sisters way back in 2013, and was an early-stage concept that later developed into their hit Master’s Sun.
IU will play the owner of Hotel del Luna, who is bound to the establishment for committing a grave sin a very long time ago. She sounds like quite a character too, described as fickle, suspicious, and greedy, all topped with a healthy dose of a horrible temper and a tendency to sulk. She’ll be joined by a new hotel manager in Yeo Jin-gu’s character, who unexpectedly ends up at Hotel del Luna following a meteoric rise to become the youngest-ever hotel assistant manager of an international chain. A perfectionist to the highest degree (i.e. obsessive compulsive), Yeo Jin-gu’s character appears rational and logic-driven on the surface, but is described as a pushover with a faint heart. Yikes, how’s he ever going to stand up to IU?
For Hotel del Luna, the Hong sisters are teaming up with director Oh Choong-hwan, who has some solid credits to his name in Doctors and While You Were Sleeping. I’ve only watched parts of each show, but I do recall the cinematography being gorgeous in both, so I’ll be eager to see whether he adds a little directorial, aesthetic flair to Hotel del Luna.
Hotel del Luna doesn’t have a slot just yet but will air on tvN sometime in the latter half of this year. (Please be good, please be good, please be good…)
Via Hankook Kyungjae
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