Yoo Yeon-seok cast as Song Joong-ki’s rival in Wolf Boy
Being the lesser-known actor challenging Song Joong-ki as love rival has got to be a daunting task, but Yoo Yeon-seok has been brought in to do just that in Wolf Boy, the upcoming fantasy-melo film starring Song Joong-ki and Park Bo-young as the two main leads.
The movie follows a “lonely wolf boy who’s been abandoned by the world” and a “cold girl who has closed her heart to the world” as they fall in love. Yoo Yeon-seok is the antagonist who likes her and therefore torments wolfie, even though he’s rich and spoiled and has everything else going for him.
I think I’ve seen Yoo in this general character before, since he played the haughty student body president in the horror drama Hon, although he’s been playing a more appealing role in MBC’s recently ended Night Hospital.
Yoo doesn’t have a lot of name recognition yet, but perhaps he’s about to break through to the next level; he’s also in Introduction to Architecture, starring Uhm Tae-woong and Han Ga-in, where he’s paired as Suzy’s sunbae. Also on his resumé: playing young Yoo Ji-tae in Oldboy back in 2003 and acting in this year’s daily drama Pure Pumpkin Flower.
I’m always game to watch more Song Joong-ki, but in this case most of my excitement is for Park Bo-young, who’s been away from the screen (due to legal entanglements) for way too long. Wolf Boy just started shoots and will release next year.
Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-young