Yeo Jin-gu falls in love with vampire for Orange Marmalade
Yes, it’s another vampire drama and another webtoon adaptation, but it’s Yeo Jin-gu! Surely that makes up for it?
(Update: Ack! I made a mistake, he’s not the vampire, the girl is! Curses to my short memory and a thousand apologies, it’s totally my bad. Doing bows of penance as we speak.)
We already knew that Yeo (Potato Star 2013QR3, I Miss You) was considering the lead for Orange Marmalade, and now he has officially confirmed. He’ll play the hero who’s both got a chic and a kind personality, which aren’t two words often paired together. He’s the perfect boy next door type that all the mothers love, and if that weren’t swoony enough, when he falls for a vampire girl, his pure, sweet love makes him utterly devoted to her.
The drama is described as a “sentimental fantasy romance” and continues in KBS’s recently created Friday-night drama timeslot. I don’t think the broadcaster has yet gotten the knack of this programming slot, but I like that they’re trying new things and going for a slightly different audience with youth-focused fantasy offerings, like High School: Love On before it. That drama had an appealingly fresh premise about a reaper who fell to earth and fell in love with a human, but had two fatal flaws: (1) a story that focused on the less-interesting birth-secret angst instead of the creative fantasy angle, and (2) very, very green actors who couldn’t handle the more dramatic turns.
At least with Yeo Jin-gu onboard, acting skill won’t be in question… though I won’t rest easy till we see who gets cast as his costar. And I’m just thrilled to have him headlining a drama all by himself, after stealing so many scenes playing younger versions of grown-up actors.
In addition to its supernatural loveline, Orange Marmalade promises to highlight societal ills that discriminate against the weak, incorporating that message in a natural way. It premieres in May.
Via SBS Fun E
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