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Jaejoong considers offer to lead Korean remake of Jane the Virgin

JYJ’s Jaejoong (Manhole) is currently considering an offer for a lead role in the Korean remake of the telenovela-style show, Jane the Virgin. The show premiered in 2014 and has been nominated for several awards including the Peabody, and it is currently on its fifth and final season.

The premise is about a girl whose grandmother warned her never to get pregnant out of wedlock. As a result, she protects her virginity like her life depends on it. One day, due to an accident at the doctor’s office, she becomes artificially inseminated and pregnant.

If Jaejoong confirms, it will be his first comeback in two years as his last project was in the 2017 drama Manhole. The character he has been offered is the general manager and heir to a hotel. Although he has a handsome face, he’s a stereotypical bad boy—currently married but planning to be divorced and single again. He’s also struggled in the past as he once had stomach cancer but fortunately he overcame the illness.

Writer Jang Ah-mi is working with production company Group Eight to have the drama air on Channel A by December of this year.

Via Osen, IS Plus

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I'm an avid Jane the Virgin watcher, so I am interested to see what a Korean adaptation would look like. The casting of Jane, her mother, and grandmother are going to be key to decide if I am on board.

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*sigh*

No.

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*double sigh*
Oh god please no

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I'm happy that JJ is receiving offers and is considering a drama comeback :) Can't comment much about the original "Jane the Virgin", nor do I feel anything about a possible Korean remake, because I've never watched the original American version

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The US version is not the original. The original is a telenovela from Venezuela.

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Oooh okay

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So a remake of a remake?

Great. Just great.

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I love the premise But but ... (let me watch and tell) ....

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Oh no, a remake... I found jaejoong to be quite underrated since triangle(drama was a mess, but he was impressive), but this... eh.

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Weird that they would cast the male lead before the title character. I think the success of this show hinges on who they cast as Jane. Gina Rodriguez is phenomenal as Jane so I wonder which Korean actress can match her.

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Frankly I wish American television would remake a few of the better K-dramas. They already did it once with 'Frequency', the 2017 CW series that they SWEAR had nothing whatsoever to do with 'Signal' (wink, nod)

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??? Both Frequency and Signal are based on a 2000 American film called Frequency. The US version is far closer to the original source text than the Korean one and even retains the original name. So... that's not a good example.

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Good doctor was a kdrama that was remade recently

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Oof. Bad example as Frequency is based off the movie of the same name (which I personally really enjoyed).

But there is Good Doctor, Better Late Than Never (Grandpas Over Flowers) and Somewhere Between (God’s Gift: 14 Days). I'm sure there are more but those are the ones I know of. I've not personally seen any of them to know if they are good adaptations though. But there is a whole slew of awesome kdramas out there that would make some really good adaptations. But I personally am perfectly fine with the original kdramas so I'm not interested in remakes (I'm not really a fan of remakes in general).

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Hell no

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But why not?

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yeah...NOPE.

Jane is the perfect balance between naïve hopeless romantic and practical, independent woman and given Korea's track history with their lead women I cannot CANNOT trust them to do justice to this character.

Jaejoong's a little too pretty to play Rafael but k-writers are gonna have a FIELD day with his backstory since his-abandoned-as-a-child plot is straight out of every k-romcom ever.

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You've pretty much hit the nail on the head. If they fail at casting Jane, and writing her in all her complexity, this show is gonna flop.

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Too pretty to play Rafael? Have you seen Justin Baldoni? He looks like the cartoon Aladdin (despite being Italian).

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I think what I meant was that Jaejoong doesn't have that 'Daddy Raphael 💦😜' vibe because he has a more feminine beauty. Not that he's not attractive in his own right...

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Wow, this is very interesting. The original production "Juana, la virgen" was done in my country (2002) and it had at least 130-150 episodes, very typical southamerican soup opera, although we all acknowledged that having a pregnant virgin was very innovative.
The actress playing the role (Daniela Alvarado) was very charismatic and beautiful in a very natural way, she was even a little tiny bit fat and had this angel-like face... I think I watched so many parts of it just because of her, she was also my age at the time, I think...

But anyway, rewatching parts of it again, I realise again why I can't put up with southamerican soups, they just have too much unnecessary and dragging conflicts that really don't make sense.

I have never watched the American one because I am sure it is silly and typically they will have too much sex references either implicit or explicit.

But I feel I am looking forward to watch the Korean remake... wow, who will be the main female lead??? ☺

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I mean the American version is silly in the sense that it incorporates many classic over-the-top soap opera tropes, but it does it in a way that makes these plot points become both hilarious and heartbreaking. The best part about the show is by far the women, and the focus on love and family and the bond that the generations share, it's not just about sex and romance, which from what I remember was never very explicit at all. I wouldn't be so dismissive of it, it's a hit show for a reason.

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I haven't seen the original version but the American one both embraces and utterly subverts its telenovela roots, especially as it pertains to the traditional gender roles inherent in them. It retains the delight in the crazy and the core of romanticism while utterly decimating the way in which it portrays relationships - particularly the way in which the genre treats female sexuality.

There is no way a Korean version will get that. There is no way it won't screw it up.

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this is actually my concern. i don't watch the show (i did the first couple eps) and i think the american serial format is sooo frustrating but the whole basis of the show is pretty important and it talks about her control and agency v. the insemination. i cannot see south korea doing this in a way that is a) gonna be allowed to be shown and b) do EXACTLY what you said. also like her race and culture is a biiiig part of it and externally...yikes

i also think JTV took the venezuelan model of family from a more communal stance and adapted it for here (marx has this theory on family that's transformed and people research) and the relationship aspect and motherhood is HUGE. also totally forgot that whatsherfce (the actress) isnt super skinny which was a big deal~ at the time....i have to laugh

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Gina Rodriguez is an utterly unconventional beauty and is not skinny or beautiful or willowy. I can't think of a single Korean actor who would work for the part since they'd have to be stocky (not necessarily chubby) and not look like they had a whole heap of plastic surgery because their culture said their eyes weren't exactly the right shape.

Also, there's a reason that the show is jokingly called "Jane the Heteronormative Virgin". The show walks a brilliant fine line between respecting her personal choices and critiquing the societal obsession with female virginity, especially since Jane isn't a virgin by any definition except that a penis has never entered her body.

I cannot imagine a Korean version doing that.

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i think she is soooooo prettyyyy. i mean i get what you're saying though. i think at the time she was new and now she's more "normal"/"conventional" because of exposure (i am actually not a fan of hers at all but her smile has always blown me away.) that's a diff topic tho and it's complex and you are correct about the casting. closest i can come to seeing a more stocky or person who has body type that actually looks like it takes up space is kim sun ah (oh and recently the wife in inspector jo)

and yeaaa. that's what endeared me toward it in the beginning actually. because PIV sex and the virginity trope is BS anyway but ALSO the decision to not have that form of sex was her choice, which i found fascinating. i respect celibacy for religion but out the gate she had a boyf she loved and they did Stuff and her feelings were her own. i'm sure influenced through yrs of belief etc but it turned into something unrelated to the patriarch and purity myths (based on a religion that was forced onto people as well)

sad...lol

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it could totally trn into Jane the Virgin for Absolutely No Reason But Her Being a Woman which kdramas really love to do

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I bet the Korean version would definitively take a high consideration to the family issue even in a tribal way and also the religious issue (I don't know how).

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Very interesting again. I have just read the whole plot/summary so far, even with spoilers from the previous seasons and... I don't think I like it. I didn't like the original version either, except for the premise and the fact that the main character wanted to keep her virginity, since that is how I have been almost all my life, out of different reasons (including religious reasons) but the way the story developed was not very good, and in that regard it is probable the Koreans can make it better (simply because they have less episodes, lol). We will see...

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Oh I don't know Jane the Virgin is a remake of a telenovela. As an avid fan of telenovela in my younger days I really appreciate this information, thank you so much @javinne

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I don't know how to feel. In some sense, it's like 'of course', this seems like the perfect zany rom-com for a kdrama remake. But the issue is that what makes the show great and loveable are not the tropes, or crazy situations but how the characters respond to them in such a real way, and most importantly that this show is about the heroine and her struggles at its core. At some point you just didn't care who Jane ended up with, because you just wanted her to be happy. I feel like some shows struggle in making the show really about the heroine, it's like she's there, and she has a life, but the hero is nearly always the more dynamic one who has quirks and a personality (and real talents), whereas the heroine is often relegated to hard-working, bubbly, plucky, maybe has a temper.

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uhhhhhhhhhh lol i feel as if...this is not a good idea

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Noooo. They're going to miss the entire point, aren't they? I feel like they're going to miss the parody aspects completely. Oh, and the fact that the entire show is about an immigrant family full of strong women.

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I'm interested in how this will play out but I doubt they are gonna include all the characters' stories. (like um.. Luisa and Rosa's romance) but we'll see. If I would cast a Jane, I probably would cast someone like Park Hee-Von... She haven't gotten a lead role and she's a great actress who's very underrated.

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Well that's something! I wonder if they would adapt from the original version (which doesnt have any lesbian/gay reference, let alone characters or relationship) or they would adapt from the American version, which from what I read in wikipedia, it is a long long story with many characters and tropes and years passing by and even people dying but not dying and reappearing with memory loss... 😂😂😂😂😂
Whatever choice they do, it may be a disaster.

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i wouldn't mind just seeing him again in a drama, any drama... don't know/not familiar with the original story.

he's so pretty....

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Please... Yoon Eun Hye

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According to Soompi, the casting offer to play Jane has gone out to Kim Bo Ra.

https://www.soompi.com/article/1341019wpp/kim-bo-ra-in-talks-to-star-in-korean-remake-of-jane-the-virgin

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he once had stomach cancer but fortunately he overcame the illness.

Huh? Is this necessary?

If it is important to the plot, then I still see no connection between artificial insemination and stomach

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If they thought the chemotherapy or radiation will leave him steril, that's reason for sperm storage so he could have biological children in the future.
If he is a male heir that "must" have biological male descendants it explain the plot.

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Now that make sense! Thank you for the explaination

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What if they remake it as Jaejoong The Virgin?

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I literally laughed out loud.🤣🤣🤣 I would watch that.

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And plus, come on. Who the heck can replace Raphael's sexiness? ;)

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Uh yeah, I see them being all about the love triangle (which I never cared about) and not really getting the things that made JtV interesting and fun. Like the narrator - I can't imagine a k-drama version of the narrator.

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Interesting! It would definitely have a feeling all of its own. One of the things that is so fun about Jane the Virgin, that sets it apart imo, is that it's so meta. It does an amazing, self-aware, and hilarious job parodying/being the telenovela. I wonder how a kdrama could replicate that kind of charm, but in its own manner. Hmmm maybe if it is also meta and goes all-out making fun of k-drama tropes. I just answered my own question! But it would be interesting to see how they carry it out. :)

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