Im Seulong challenges for UEE’s affections in Ho-gu’s Love
Im Seulong, Han Geun-sub
Im Seulong, idol singer (2AM) and actor (Hotel King, Mandate of Heaven), has joined tvN’s upcoming rom-com series Ho-gu’s Love, which has already cast UEE (Gold Rainbow) and Choi Woo-shik (Fated To Love You) in lead roles. He’ll take up a second lead role that had previously been cast with another idol-turned-actor, SS501’s Park Jung-min, who ended up backing out of the drama not long ago. I don’t know Park Jung-min’s acting but I do quite like Im Seulong, so I’m happy enough with the actor switch.
The drama sounds pretty cute, centering around a perpetually single hero with no game, Ho-gu; it’s a name that literally means a sucker or pushover, turning the title into the pun Fool’s Love. Played by Choi Woo-shik, Ho-gu has failed the civil service exam for seven years straight and somehow gets saddled looking after an unidentified child. He has a romance with UEE, a “swimming goddess” who’s a national team athlete and his first love (I presume from their childhood). After they meet again in the present day, complications arise and the story unfolds around a “dangerous friendship” that turns to a cheery, comic romance.
Im Seulong plays an ace lawyer who’s never lost a case, who seems perfect all the time. Set up to be a love rival for UEE’s affections, he appears to be Ho-gu’s complete opposite… until you see that he’s got a clumsy heo-dang streak of his own. Aw. I can totally see him playing both sides, because I’d say the heo-dang force is strong with this one. In fact if I hadn’t seen him in Mandate of Heaven playing a gentle prince, I might not believe he could pull off the polished, perfect side.
Other cast additions include Han Geun-sub (Vampire Idol, My Daughter Flower), playing the hero’s best buddy, and rookie actress Lee Soo-kyung (from Coin Locker Girl, not Let’s Eat) as Ho-gu’s tomboyish twin sister who learns about dating from books.
Ho-gu’s Love is based on a webtoon (by the creator of the webtoon from which Flower Boy Next Door was adapted) and will be directed by PD Pyo Min-soo (You’ve Fallen For Me, The World They Live In), while Yoon Nan-joong is the scriptwriter (God of the Office). The two collaborated a couple years ago on the zippy tvN comedy Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, so I’m hoping this show has the same wacky sense of fun. I don’t want to get excited this early, but I’m approaching this show with some expectations.
Ho-gu’s Love will be a Monday-Tuesday drama for tvN, premiering February 9.
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