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Lee Na-young confirmed for Runaway with Rain

Lee Na-young has been finalized as Rain‘s co-star in the action-spy drama Runaway, which makes it her first drama in six years (since 2004’s Ireland). Having played quirky characters in the past (and a transgender role in her most recent movie, Dad Likes Women), this drama will give her a chance to showcase a completely different image from her previous roles.

Lee stars as Jin-yi, who approaches main character Ji-woo (Rain) under false pretenses. In order to get close to her objective, she becomes entangled with Ji-woo, and afterward the two must lie to each other repeatedly to cover up their real motives. Naturally, he ends up falling for her in this “unique romance.” Jin-yi is a woman who appears innocent on the outside, but possesses a sexy charm and has a “cat-like” quality as she keeps her true intentions hidden.

According to Lee’s reps at KeyEast, she chose the role because “It stands out with its high-quality script and a female lead character who has a fresh appeal that hasn’t been seen before. After talking with producers recently and hearing that it would be a ‘well-made’ [high production value] drama, I’m really looking forward to it.”

Lee Na-young has already worked with writer Chun Sung-il in Dad Likes Women, and this project reteams Chun with director Kwak Jung-hwan of Chuno. The story actually sounds pretty familiar — it recalls Chun’s previous action-spy movie Level 7 Civil Servant, which by the way is ALSO getting a drama adaptation — so I’m counting on the directing to set it apart with PD Kwak’s trademark stylish flair. In fact, I wonder if this one will end up stealing the thunder from the Civil Servant drama. (Because the premises sound so similar, one key difference will have to be tone — this one may skew more action-drama, while the original Civil Servant was much more comedic.)

The drama will take place in a number of Asian cities, requiring location shoots in Busan, Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Shanghai, Macau, and Hong Kong. Runaway will begin filming in mid-June. It is planning for a late-September premiere on KBS.

Via TV Report

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is she a good actress ?

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Looks like Rain is returning to action dramas, can't wait to see him back! The shooting locations look interesting, they mainly covered all the major Asian cities.

Seems like Korean producers love to shoot action dramas overseas these days now, a trend is being born.

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Oh! I like her! Something to look forward to!

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She's a GOOD actress. Can't wait for this series. I hope that it'll leave a good and lasting impression on Rain's acting before he leaves for his military duties.

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have to laugh: the bow on her hair perfectly matched the pig rabbit's bow in the rotating headers. good one!

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@ cathy

Lee Na-young is a GOOD actress. I think this is a very unexpected but promising casting. I love when dramas shake up the casting, gives us something new and hopefully a great fit.

I hated her in Ireland, but it was nothing to do with her acting or beautiful face, she just got saddled with a horrible character to play. I'm going to watch ROYOW soon to see what all the LNY fuss in that drama is about!

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I'm so excited that this news is officially confirmed now! LNY is finally going to be in a tv drama again! Really really really missed her!

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She's got it all. Beauty, talent and charisma and what makes her sexy is she radiates intelligence. I am looking forward to this drama. She's going to make Rain look sexy. The very pretty but vacuous looking Shin Mina was so wrong for him in ALTK.

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I'm not a fan of Lee Na-young but I love Rain so yes, I'm excited for Runaway. she has gotten prettier, though. She smiles beautifully.

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I'm a little dissappointed that Lee Na Young was casted opposite Bi Rainwhen there's other actress I would much rather see with Bi Rain but I'm still just as excited!

I have nothing against her especially when I am not familiar with any of her previous work. All the best to 'the Runaway/Fugitive'! :D

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after I heard the rumors of JJH's casting, I was really excited. as though I like LNY's acting, I cannot see a good match but everything can change after watching them together.
the production seems so strong and I hope the drama will be really successful
so, let's wait and see, hah?

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She's an okay actress but I feel that she's one of those actresses who have no chemistry with the male actors. Hope she proves me wrong this time.

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She was brilliant in ROYOW, and had excellent chemistry with Yang Dong Geun's character. Enjoyed her in the movie Dream as well. Definitely looking forward to this one.

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How interesting =)

I hope she will get along well with Bi Rain in this incoming drama -- but it rarely bothers me something about seeing Lee Na Young --- Why?

(smirks) Her face is almost exactly as other actress Han Ye Seul, that's why I did noticed, lolz. I thought Lee Na Young and Han Ye Seul is almost similar to their face, my opinion. =)

Do your best!!! (thumbs-up)

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I'm dissapointed in this casting but i do love Rain.. so, i'm just lukewarm to this project. Will try to catch the first few episodes and then decide if it is a must watch. Wish them luck!

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let songhyekyo be the woman lead~ she's perfect with RAIN!!!!!

TT__TT

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I can't wait to see both of them in the movie. Imagine when both of them are falling in love. So sweet. I hope this drama will success ! LOVE U Lee Na Young & Rain :).

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I have watched fugitive up to the final episode. For me, they look good together as a 'detective-client' couple but not as lovers.. [sighs]..

but still the movie was great.. Rain is really super hot with action movies.. woooo00t!

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