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IU targets Yeo Jin-gu in new teaser for Hotel del Luna

tvN’s upcoming fantasy rom-com Hotel del Luna has released a new teaser featuring lead actors IU (a.k.a Lee Ji-eun, My Ajusshi) and Yeo Jin-gu (My Absolute Boyfriend).

The drama is set in Hotel del Luna, a grand hotel which serves an exclusive clientele of spirits and ghosts. The owner however is an eccentric spirit named Jang Man-wol (played by IU). By a chance of fate, she meets Yeo Jin-gu’s character, Gu Chan-sung, whom she hires as hotel manager for the Hotel del Luna. But, despite his high qualifications, it’s an odd and challenging choice, what with him being human–and deathly afraid of ghosts.

The newly released teaser starts with an angled shot of IU standing in a hallway at the hotel and the caption in the background questions her relationship with Yeo Jin-gu: “Who is Chan-sung to Man-wol?” IU walks into a room with a rifle and she responds to the question in voice-over: “When we first met, he pretended not to notice me so I put a ghost on his tail.” Cut to a close-up of Yeo Jin-gu who stands very still and stares stoically at the camera as subways speed past him in the background. We briefly cut away to IU who aims the rifle and pulls the trigger, before returning to Yeo Jin-gu who comes face to face with the ghost tailing him. He screams in fear and yelps at the ghost to go away, before frantically attempting to flee.

The scene switches to a bemused IU who continues to speak in voice-over: “He looked cute, how scared he was, so I saved him. But just because he’s a little educated, he thinks he can nag at me all the time.” Cut to a sequence of shots showing a frustrated Yeo Jin-gu who repeatedly talks about his Harvard MBA credentials as he meets with IU at a restaurant and the two walk together in various places. The scene changes to Yeo Jin-gu yelling IU’s name as he runs toward her. He embraces her as he shields her from something or someone above, and he says: “I think about you a lot.” The teaser then ends with a close-up of IU as she concludes her response to the initial question. She gives a small smirk and declares, “And so, I really like him.”

Fantasy rom-com Hotel del Luna is the latest project from the writing duo the Hong Sisters and PD Oh Choong-hwan (While You Were Sleeping) has been tapped to direct. The drama is currently set to premiere on July 13, and will be airing Saturdays and Sundays on tvN.

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IU's character is not a human. She's a ghost who has been cursed for 1000 years for the sin she committed in the past.

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Thank you! 😅

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Ohhh. The first time I saw teaser 1 I thought IU was some weirdo who entertains ghosts as guests in her hotel. Now I'm a little worried that we're getting a romance between a human and a ghost (though I have seen some in the past e.g. Arang). I mean I hope we'll get a well-written world. To this day, I still remember how well done Arang and the Magistrate was in terms of the mythology--from costumes, props to characters and CGI.

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With the number of kdrama characters who have been to harvard, i have to wonder if harvard students are 50% korean. HAHA

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And if these writers did their research, they would know that Harvard ain't what it use to be and there are other ivy's here.

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Probably because that's what most viewers are familiar with.

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I'd like to see him turn out to be lying about his credentials since it makes no sense that he'd (a Harvard MBA) go to work for this hotel in the first place.

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Reminds me of Sky Castle 🤣

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Of course it takes him saving her from a mystery falling object for them to start developing feelings for each other 🙃🙃🙃

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It's not a kdrama romance without the ml saving the fl from nonsense that shouldn't have happened in the first place. 🤣🤣

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This is definitely their best trailer so far. Not gonna lie, I'm actually buying their chemistry here.. IU looks really pretty here. Styling makes her look expensive and a lot older despite her having a baby face.

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Anyone else get Harry Potter vibes from the music?

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It is right! The HP ost is the opening music!

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I will watch because I just adore IU, Yeo Jin Goo is hit or miss for me, usually miss, so we shall see.

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Same for me. I know he is a talented child actor but mostly I've been unimpressed by him. I think the only drama I really liked him in was Circle. I'm excited to see IU here especially her style is gorgeous. It'll be fun to see the different clothes she wears in HDL.

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Omg, same, Circle is it, except for his child actor dramas.

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He was absolutely phenomenal in Crowned Clown. I had to rewatch a couple scenes just because they were so incredibly well done.

YJG is extremely talented, he just isn't the greatest in picking his projects. So a lot of the dramas he was in were duds.

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I don't think you can keep blaming his project choices for his poor quality of chemistry with all his female leads. He isn't at the level to do romance. If he can only act well in dramas like Crowned Clown he won't get very far.

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I have no opinion on his chemistry with his female leads, as I've not seen him in anything rom-com. I just started watching Absolute Boyfriend but I am only a couple episodes in so can't comment on his chemistry with the female lead so far.

And I don't know. There are some very talented actors that do very well and are quite successful in doing 1 type of genre. You don't need to do every genre to be considered successful.

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I wonder whether it's because he is too young and has never been in love and doesn't understand the emotion yet. So far I haven't witnessed any chemistry with a female lead nor been touched by any of the romantic scenes I have seen him in.

I think he may eventually do well in any kind of role when he grows up but I don't understand why they keep insisting on casting actors sometimes in their 30s as high schoolers and then get those that should/could play high schoolers cast in adult roles. There is no rush, they will play adult roles in due time but some of them can really not carry the emotional weight of a romantic lead when they are young. I am getting that feeling from Yeon Jin Gu.

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IU is owning her role in this drama in every single trailer I've seen till now. The minus point is I feel no chemistry for the romance but I'm in 100% for quirky IU. This might the one drama where the male lead doesn't attract me at all. Jingu does not convey hotelier vibes at all till now.

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Can anyone think of a YJG adult drama where he has great chemistry?

The camera loves him and I so don't want him to be my male version of Park Shin-Hye. An A-Class actor who can make a scene out of nothing - but chemistry always missing the mark.

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I didn't want to say it out loud but I have the same concern. He has been giving me the male PSH vibes for a while now but I want to give him the benefit of the doubt. Still I am not yet drawn to either his character or whatever acting I've seen from him in these trailers. To me the acting looked awkward when he did that scream and even the hug but it might have been intentional. I'm satisfied with everything I've seen for IU in these teasers till now and I'll just trust her to bring the chemistry and acting for now.

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Park Shin Hye is very popular but her acting doesn't impress me. When it comes to romance, being able to create chemistry with your co-star is a bonus. My standards aren't high - just don't make me cringe.

For those who were child actors, I think the experience and years of accumulating certain acting habits may not always be good. When it comes to crying, I got to give it to them. You can't be a popular child actor if you can't cry rivers of tears. Other than that, some of the animated expressions they learned or cultivated along the way should go.

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PSH acting can be hit or miss to people so I can understand your point but her chemistry skills are awful and YJG has also been bad at creating chemistry till now. However that isn't even the main point I was referring to but the point you mentioned about expressions is bulls eye. This is what bothers me about child actors is their inability to adapt to modern acting styles. Their acting always feels extremely dated as if they just stepped out of a drama from the early 2000. Especially YSH has these mannerisms and expressions that are extremely dated that turn me off from his acting. YJG also has the same problem but to a lesser degree. Especially when you compare their acting to contemporaries like CEW or KMJ who aren't great actors but when it comes to romance I'd prefer to see them instead.

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I never thought it's because of adapting to modern acting styles but more of the genre. Child actors typically appear in family dramas and saeguks(for the indispensable childhood love segment). These often call for makjang and thus more dramatic acting.

Child actors are also more likely to be guided and coaxed by PDs to bring more emotions for a scene. Giving the child instructions to make a suitable expression is easier than asking the child to immerse into the role.

Who is CEW and KMJ? I think popular former child actors like those mentioned are beyond criticism. They have literally grown up in front of the audience, earned their recognition and much loved. If you are young and a rookie or worse an idol actor, you will have a much harder job to prove yourself.

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Cha eun woo and kim min jae. I don't find them to be very good actors but I've always thought their ability to create chemistry is strong. I don't know if former child actors are guided by makjang acting as children but their general mannerisms gives me early 2000 drama vibes. I don't think it is fair that they should be above criticism if young actors in the same range who just happen to debut right now receive criticism for the same things they are pardoned for. With YJG for example I completely acknowledge his talent as a child actor but as an adult actor I've not been impressed by his acting till now except for Circle. I think the child actor history works both as a plus and minus.

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WOW! Has iu always been this pretty? 😍

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the answer is always YES!

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This story so piques my interest.
BUT...yes that's a big but, I am so nervous with this casting. The trailer's acting style doesn't fit either of the leads' past successes.

Both IU and YJG previously shined in projects where the acting is required to be nuanced and interest/pressure is generated by the story and subtle shifts to the ensemble cast.

I am really really hoping that both these leads have this in their acting range. However, the trailers don't give me confidence. The exuberant acting appears awkward and breaks the immersion and this is only in 2minutes...I am just so nervous how this will carry across an entire drama.

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The previous teasers didn't really grab my interest, but I really enjoyed this one. Cinematography and visuals are beautiful and I'm already in love with IU's cold yet quirky character here. YJG screaming about, especially when P.O was just yawning, was funny. Looking forward to this. Hopefully it's somewhat as hood as Master's Sun.

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*good lol

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To be honest the trailers are a bit disappointing...no chemistry and I don't have much interest in the story either. Sounds like Hotel Transilvania to me...

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Don't understand the critisme. I can feel the chemistry, I mean, acting chemistry, for sure.

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IU looks so elegant and stoic. Guess Jin-goo doesn't look like taking a break... He's been on roll for the last a year from Crowned Clown, Absolute Boyfriend, and this one.. Oh, is Absolute Boyfriend a pre-produced one?

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In the KDrama system, this is worrying...really worrying. We have see too many accidents and exhaustion in the past - It can not be good for his physical or mental health.

If this was a plot line from "The Big Issue", we would all be wondering what someone has on him....

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To be fair, AB was pre-produced and took ages to even find a broadcaster so it filmed quite a while ago. But still, there’s only 4 months or so between this and TCC. I’m used to my faves doing 1 project a year if that so it does seem like overkill, but I also notice that actors around YJG’s age often take on a lot. It’s tough to make a name for yourself in this business, even for a former child actor like YJG, so I get it, but also... don’t burn yourself out, please!

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AB filmed from June/July-Dec and TCC filmed from Dec-Mar. HDL started filming in Mar or April. He has been working non-stop for a year and hasn't taken any breaks till now. Hasn't he always been a workaholic?

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I can tell I"m going to like this, but I'm really nervous about the ending already. The human/non-human love stories always make for a difficulty in resolution, and I don't trust the Hong Sisters especially in that arena after the ruin-a-whole-drama-ending that was Korean Odyssey.

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If they are linked by their past...ARRRRRRG

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Never been a fan of IU but willing to give this a try for the quirky setting and it being another production of the Hong Sisters (whose works can really be a hit or miss).

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More miss than hit recently...

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So true in the last two productions but I am not giving up (yet) since I love the Master's Sun a lot.

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