Fated To Love You casts second leads
Choi Jin-hyuk (Emergency Couple) has taken the offer to co-star in MBC’s summer romantic comedy Fated to Love You opposite leads Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara, who have been confirmed since early April. Joining him as the fourth member of the love square is Wang Ji-won, who played the sassy second lead in I Need Romance 3.
The remake of the hit Taiwanese drama is slated to air after A New Leaf, and follows the crazy whirlwind backwards romance between chaebol heir Jang Hyuk and kindhearted nobody Jang Nara, after a fateful one-night stand leaves her pregnant. Choi Jin-hyuk plays a classic Daddy Long Legs second lead, who is (of course) also a geeenius designer. He commands the attention of women everywhere he goes, but he’ll find out that Jang Nara is pregnant and always show up to rescue her and be a perfectly perfect second lead. Sigh, dooooooomed again.
Wang Ji-won will play Jang Hyuk’s fiancée, a star ballerina. The actress is actually a classically trained ballerina in real life, and debuted as a dancer; she only added acting to her resume in the last two years. That’s cool for the role, though I honestly expect her character to be disappointingly one-note. I liked her turn in I Need Romance 3 exactly because she wasn’t the cardboard cutout version of a second lead, so I’ll hold out hope she gets similar treatment here.
So far the character types aren’t anything to write home about, but the cast is shaping up nicely, and hopefully the popular 2008 rom-com will get revamped with some fresh twists for 2014.
Fated to Love You airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting in July.
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