Suzy up to headline tvN’s Cheese in the Trap
Huh, so Cheese in the Trap, the highly anticipated webtoon-adapted drama starring Park Hae-jin (Dr. Stranger, You From Another Star), is considering adding Suzy (Gu Family Book) in the leading lady role. Everyone, buckle up for a bumpy ride on the media play train — already reaction is vocal and loud and pretty conflicted.
According to Suzy’s representation at JYP Entertainment, she received the offer for the lead role of Hong-seol and is considering the drama. The production company confirmed sending Suzy the script, but added that “there was no further discussion.” No decisions have been made on either side.
The character is described as an ordinary and thoughtful college student with an occasional tough side. Park Hae-jin signed on to the project early on, and plays the heroine’s sunbae and later boyfriend. He’s the perfect type of guy, boasting good looks, background, education, and style, though he’s also got a mysterious streak and a “dark inner side” behind his kindly face. From what I’ve read of the webtoon, it’s not a dark or shady story so I don’t suppose that he’s quite as sinister as that wording suggests, though maybe webtoon-readers can fill us in on the details.
Already I’m seeing a ton of fan reactions to the casting, with some excited over Suzy’s casting (she IS pretty much the It Girl of her generation, in terms of popularity and starpower) amidst a pretty sizable wave of discontent. It kind of reminds me of the uproar when Yoon-ah was almost cast in Cantabile Tomorrow, which was so negative that everyone quickly backtracked. Like Nodame Cantabile, Cheese in the Trap has a fervent and protective fanbase, and it seems that more people feel Suzy’s not a good image fit than the opposite.
And while I do really like Suzy on a personal level (in that she seems sweet and I have general warm feelings about her as a person), let’s just say her acting ability is perhaps the least of her charms. She can work in cutely funny roles that poke fun at herself, as in Dream High (where they made a whole plot point out of her inability to emote) or even Big, but I always find myself frustrated that she doesn’t connect emotionally with her characters or make me feel for them. I want a heroine who makes me care!
We’ll have to see which way the production team takes this fan response as they continue the casting process. The drama, directed by Coffee Prince and Heart to Heart PD Lee Yoon-jung, will air as a Monday-Tuesday drama on tvN later this year.
Via TV Report
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