Jung Ryeo-won, Lee Dong-wook cast in new tvN drama
We’ve got another dramaland reunion in the works: Lee Dong-wook (Iron Man, Mandate of Heaven) and Jung Ryeo-won (Medical Top Team, King of Dramas) are being courted to headline the new tvN drama Bubblegum, slated for a winter broadcast either late this year or early next year. The two actors were co-stars on the 2003 sitcom Do the Right Thing, where they shared a loveline for ten episodes before Lee Dong-wook left the show. Twelve years later, they might be starring in their first cable drama opposite each other.
I like both actors and think they’ll make a good pairing, though I’m actually more excited about the fact that the drama is the newest project from PD Kim Byung-soo, of Nine, Queen Inhyun’s Man, and Three Musketeers. His shows are sleek and stylish, and always well-produced. Writing is a drama newbie, radio show Music City writer and book author Lee Mina, and producing is the company behind Secret Garden and A Gentleman’s Dignity.
The drama is described as an “adult fairytale,” which to me sounds like any drama ever. Perhaps we’ll learn of a more specific reason for the fairytale mention later, but the premise is just about people with deficiencies, becoming a little happier just by being with one another. Vague, I know. It’ll have four main characters and take place in a broadcast station and a hospital.
Lee Dong-wook has been cast as a doctor of Eastern medicine who runs his own practice. He’s someone who thinks of his mother and the heroine before himself. Maybe the bigger question is who comes first, Mom or the love interest? Jung Ryeo-won is up for the role of a radio PD — she’s impatient and clumsy, and also carries some inner pain.
It’s hard to say based on the one-line premise what the show will look like, but it sounds like a thoughtful contemporary romance. The title throws me a little since it’s so light and fluffy-sounding, not that I’d ever complain about these two doing lighter comedic fare. I liked Jung best in History of a Salaryman, and Lee Dong-wook is far more charismatic when he’s going for the laugh.
Bubblegum is slated to follow Cheese in the Trap (which comes after Hidden Identity and Rude Miss Young-ae) on Mondays and Tuesdays either in December or January 2016.
Via IS Plus
- Iron Man: Episode 1
- Daniel Henney and Jung Ryeo-won consider movie match-up
- Potential My Girl reunion in MBC’s upcoming Hotel King
- Medical Top Team: Episode 1
- Mandate of Heaven: Episode 1
- King of Dramas: Episode 1
- Movie Review: Never Ending Story
- Strong Heart picks Lee Dong-wook as new MC
- Lee Dong-wook: “I want to conquer the universe”
- My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 1