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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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So gonna watch him in this. Sigh. Alas boy is still jailbait but sooo worth watching dramas for!

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He is still 17. Le sighhhhhh..

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A friend and I are launching Jin Goo-Anon for those of us who are about to fall off the bed.

Support, dear friends!

Of course, it won't draw many members since the only way to avoid temptation is to not watch the boy, and that just ain't happening.

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Chortling at work!

How is it that we always have to remind ourselves of this kid's age!

Hello Everyone!

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B..but the female lead is still so green... It's gonna him babysits the other casts..
But yeah, this is his first leading role! At the age of 17! I'm so thrilled!

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I SERIOUSLY CAN'T WAIT.
It's about time that his star shine on its own especially since he's been stealing the limelight from his grown up counterparts anyway.
I just hope his leading lady is equally good *whispers Kim Yoojung* hehe

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"yep, still 17"
why do you have to remind us of the bitter truth? :'(

on a serious note, yes to this, now we'll just have to worry about the female lead, please let it be someone decent

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He's been 17 for six friggin' years at this point.

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LOL....

How we drool... just a year or two to be barely legal....

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Hmm I don't know the dude but have read said webtoon. Would this be following the webtoon closely? Coz then this vampire will not get the ... anyways don't wanna spoil anyone. It's set in high school so a 17 year old dude playing vamp will fit the bill.

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Yeah, I also don't see how this following the original story if Yeo jin Gu is a lead. Unless the lead in the webtoon was not who i thot.

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me too I thought the girl vamp was the main character

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Oh noooooes I made a mistake! The girl is the vampire -- I read "human and vampire love story" and my mind forgot the previous articles mentioning she was the vamp. Corrected!

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I read the webtoon also and I don't know which character he is supposed to play. Because the only boy vampire I remember is the one with the clingy "please suck my blood" girlfriend. And he was kind of a jerk.

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yeayyyyy!!! eeeee! I can't wait! i'm expecting a cute leading lady for him tho. and since some of the actresses out there are actually still looking for decent script for their comeback project, please pd-nim and writer-nim, don't offer the female lead roles to SSK or JSY. Pretty please, like i'm begging with my life!

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Hmm if they wanna get close to the webtoon then what the..the lead was a normal human being

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Yes... I'm confused too. I guess he's the second lead?!

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I was confused too. I just recently skimmed some of the webtoon (funny enough this was right before news of the adaptation) and the male lead is the popular boy at school who is human while the female lead is his classmate who is a vampire.

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Wait, i thought the lead girl character is the vampire, no? Will KBS reverse the roles?

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Yeah, that he'll be the vamp is confusing me....

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That was also confusing too..
I have actually read the webtoon and I was pretty sure that the vampire there was the girl. I hope there will be clarifications.
Thank you in advance.

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The vampire was the girl in the webtoon. Her love interest is the human boy who "smells" good which is how she becomes attracted to him in the first place. So, I am kinda pissed that they changed it. It seems that the men have to be vampires in kdramas which is stupid.

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I think JB got it wrong. The Korean article says he plays a human guy who falls in love with a vampire girl.

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Yup I was also gonna say unless a story change has just been made all the previous articles said the girl was gonna be the vampire no?

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also they choosed an idol for the leading lady because in the original,those who read it know the heroine knows how to sing while the hero knows how to play the drumbs...i for one yet can't see him as the lead reading the original,i see someone more like one of CN Blue members as fit for that role but heck till the first episode i'll be open minded with it....

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lol seolhyun could barely hold a note (or a scene imo) tho i hope they actually aren't serious i mean i haven't seen a legit confirmation yet

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omggg yaas! hahaha am i the only 15 year old on this site.....age wise its ok for me and yeo jun gu to happen :p. but seriously can we get an i miss you reunion? KIM SO HYUN FOR THE LEAD!

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People on koala are saying the same, everybody wants Kim So Hyun! Yeaaah!

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Orange Marmalade...

I read that one (or all the episodes that were available), and I do wonder how they are going to adapt this. There wasn't actually a lot of story in Orange Marmalade, just that everything took forever to happen. To make that into a 16 episode drama, I think they'll have to expand it quite a bit.

And who is the writer attached this project? Because as much as I enjoyed what I read of the webtoon, I think it is going to need a good writer to adapt that for a TV drama.

I also want to know who is going to play the white-haired vampire?

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Cnblue Lee jonghyun is in talk for that role as Han Si Hoo

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Oh. I didn't realize this was going to be a high school show. Maybe my 14 year old will be interested, but I'm out, vampire or no. ::disappointed sigh::

You know, this Year of the Vampire is turning out to be like finding a box of chocolates but then discovering they're all that gross white cream kind - but you still have to try them all, and soon you have a box of half-eaten gross chocolates.

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but but but.. orange marmalade is female vampire.... Not man vampire.... but the description of male character is what what the marmalade male lead is except he is a human.. and he is so attracted to the female vampire is because she bite him lightly and he assume that the heroin is giving him love bite...

is it a mistake?? but how come?

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A female idol? A female idol is the co-lead, who's fresh and cannot handle the entire show being on her poor, pure starlet shoulders? Knetizens may rip her a new one.....

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Can the pd/director/writer/ whoever responsible for the plot not change the vampire part. I really want that quirky part goes to the actress. It'd be like Shin Min Ah in Gumiho. Please.

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wait, so how many vampire dramas are we having this year?We have Blood, this, and the Scholar that Walks the Night which is still in its development stages. I was really hoping for it to be the girl to be the vampire but sigh :(

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im kind of confused here... He is the MAIN lead and he is a vampire? Aren't they gonna follow the original?

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It's Yeo Jin-gu, so count me in! This noona is not ashamed. HA.

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Ummm..but..but..it's orange marmalade isnt't it? Please CMIIW the female lead is the vampire one, the male is the common (despite his awesome impression) man. So...we can't see him sucking blood.. hiaaa

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i red this webtoon but female lead is supposed to be vampire. hmmm or both are vampire or adapt story. whatever,sorry to YJG fans, imo i don't see the male lead is YJG at all.

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Omo me too!
I voted for Nam juhyuk actually
he seems fit Jung jaemin well

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actually he would have fitted the role or othe member of CN Blue as the hero besides the second lead...YJG doesn't really fit the role yet,maybe we will change our minds after seeing the first episode but till then he doesn't cut...

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I also think of Nam Juhyuk when i read it. He's a manga boy type but The thing is he might not ready for lead role. oh i heard Jonghyun from CN BLUE confirmed as second lead. i can't imagine when he and YJG be friends. their age are kinda different

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Wait a minute.

Why is he the vampire?

Honestly, part of the reason I was excited for this is because I particularly liked how the webtoon featured the girl being the vampire for once. I'd even call it my reason for sticking with it and reading it because I found her character refreshing.

Not only that, there are so many little quirks from the original that are going to have to change like their hilarious meet-cute etc. Not to mention, the whole backstory. Are they just reversing it all? I really don't understand why...

But excited for Yeo Jin-gu!

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But Yeo Jingu will be normal boy
the one who is vampire is the girl

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I know from (skip-)watching Potato Star that when Yeo Jin-gu plays a kind, utterly devoted type, I'm a goner. But it's totally my teenage-self (like my version of Yo-na), not me, who wants to Oppa him.

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I think there must be a mistake somewhere. I read on AsianWiki that his character will fall in love with a vampire, so I'm assuming he's human, which sounds right! I've read the webtoon and really enjoyed it, so I do hope they follow the original story.

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so it will deviate from the original? Ive read Orange Marmalade before and i think the vampire is the girl lead? Hmm...well, changing whos the vampire will definitely change the course of the story entirely... Well, YJG is in so...im in too!! I'm not too sure about the female lead. She's an rookie idol/actress so theres a low chance of her backing out (unlike what happened to Yoona before) but im still hoping for a more experienced partner for YJG. If im not lucky enough, Im at least hoping the girl is good.

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Tick tock tick tock. Jin gu ah noona is waiting for you to be 18 so that I can swoon over you and your voice without feeling like a paedophile. *gulp*

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Hmmm, I'm confused. Is this based on the manhwa Orange Marmalade? It's interesting, because I read the manhwa and the male lead is not a vampire, but the female lead is. I wonder if they're reversing the roles.

I like the manhwa, but it's very high school-ish. It's Yeo Jin-Gu though, so I don't have to worry about him so much. He was the only reason I liked Hwayi. Heh heh.

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well i think they actually aim for more of this type of their Friday slot till they make it more solid....Hmm i think the whole point of this show was that the heroine was the vampire and he was justa normal guy,with sweet blood type...if he is a vampire as well it's takes the point of the whole webtoon...

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Wait, I thought the girl was supposed to be the vampire, not the guy. If they're switching it so that it's the other way around, that takes away my only reason for being interested in the show. :/

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Don't worry. Yeo jin gu is not vampire. I think translation is wrong.
"오렌지 마말레이드에서 여진구가 분할 정재민은 모든 여성들이 선망하는 훈훈한 외모는 물론, 뛰어난 지능과 운동신경까지 갖춘 일명 '엄친아'다. 특히 상냥한 듯 시크한 성격의 정재민은 '뱀파이어 소녀'에게 사랑을 느끼기 시작하면서 세상 어디에도 없을 순애보를 선보일 예정이라고."

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Yeo Jin Gu....this kid, this kid! Love him to bits. So much talent so young. Good that he is back in a project and I'm okay with Friday programming.

JB, you said, "...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."

I agree with you but another issue was all the preemptions due to one holiday, event or reason. That made it feel endless to me.

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Question...

I am really curious, does anyone know who the youngest male and female actors in a leading role are to-date? I am wondering of Yeo Jin-Gu would now be it for males.

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Can we just stick Kim So-hyun in the female role and call it a day? Those two are eternally cute together.

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Praying for that!!! I like the acting method or whatever she has, she really is a chameleon in acting!

KIM SO HYUN!!!

You have my vote!

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praying they aren't serious about considering seolhyun as the lead girl.....................................

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I don't think I can watch if she's the lead girl.

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FUCK YEAH!!!! I didn't even know they were going to make a drama. I absolutely loved the webtoon WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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Oh, cute! This was the first webtoon I've ever read.

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why is he growing so slooooooooooooooooowly......sigh?

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I love yeo jingu and all but ... I'm kinda disappointed about the cast since I'm such a big fan of the webtoon.

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I really like him. I'm glad he's gotten finally a male lead role. Every thing I have seen him in, he's been excellent!

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Orange Marmalade! It is such a heart wrenching Webtoon and PERFECT for drama....

Needs really great actress...

But this one I can't miss.

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Oh no :/
Mixed emotions.
So excited he's said yes! :D and I really enjoyed the webtoon, it was cute.
But I really don't like the female lead :( It's the annoying one from AOA right? Couldn't they have cast an actual actress instead?
I'm actually really looking forward to Angry Mom, but I wish Kim Yoo Jung was free for this too.

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Wait..i thought AOA's seolhyun already confirmed? And that the confirmed second lead is CNBLUE's Lee jong hyun?

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I love the webtoon Orange Marmalade! It was one of the first ones I read and is the first that I completed. I'm excited to see how they transform the webtoon into a drama.

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My vote to play his opposite lady?

KANG MIN AH (Jang Ok Jung, Living By Love).

That's all. ;)

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She is also an option besides Kim So Hyun! And she is a beauty!

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I kinda want the girl vampire to be Kim So-hyun. Huhu. I'm totally on the "Yeo Jin-gu and Kim So-hyun has great chemistry" boat. They were so loveable in I Miss You despite the depressing events. I read before that they're supposed to pair up for a teen drama. Can that not happen here now? Oh well. If not now, I hope any time soon. I just wish the girl who'd be cast here can at least match Yeo Jin-gu's acting skills.

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I wonder who is going to play Baek Joseph and the two dogs. The first manhwa that I have read before and I loved it.

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