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Jung Il-woo, Ahn Jae-hyun courted for teen drama

Well this is a relief. I was beginning to worry that Jung Il-woo (Records of a Night Watchman) would keep doing projects abroad and be absent from dramaland for far too long, and that just won’t do. He might be returning in a new teen drama called You’re the First along with Ahn Jae-hyun, who coincidentally headlined the vampire medical drama Blood when Jung Il-woo turned it down. They’re both a little too old to be playing high-schoolers, really, but some of my favorite Jung Il-woo dramas are the ones set in high school, so I can’t exactly argue that it’s a bad thing.

The new series is being produced by HB Entertainment (You From Another Star, Yong-pal), and is based on a 2-part novella called Cinderella and Four Knights by Baek-myo, about a girl who comes to live in a house with four boys. The writer also happened to write the source material that inspired Flower Boy Ramyun Shop called Sweet Bakery, which is also about a girl who comes to live with four boys. She just really likes her reverse harems, apparently.

This one is about a spirited teenage girl who’s smart and nice and good at sports, who hates her home life due to her new stepmother and stepsister (so the Cinderella thing is literal then). She dreams of escaping her home where she’s treated as an outsider, and one day she helps out an old man and he extends an unusual offer to her.

She’s invited to come live in a giant mansion and attend a prestigious high school (is this Boys Over Flowers?), where she gets to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. There are four other inhabitants in this house — three beautiful brothers and one bodyguard — who are stubborn and free to do as they please. She opens their frigid hearts and they become their own little family, and find love along the way.

It sounds adorable, and I can’t wait to see who else they woo for the drama. Jung Il-woo and Ahn Jae-hyun are considering for now, we’ve got two more flower boys and a lucky Cinderella left to cast. Please pick a good heroine, please.

You’re the First is being shopped at the networks and is hoping to air in 2016.

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Is Lee yu bi vacant?

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probably still out getting therapy on her major back injury, I guess. She worked for three months with a pretty serious lumbar disc injury, after all.

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Oh noo, That's awful! Wish her a speedy recovery.

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Ah, reverse harems. Gotta love those :D.

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yeah, I had a soft corner for La Corda d'Oro well into my twenties, ha.

The trick lies in casting right.

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I used to looooove La Corda'Ora!!

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Omg meeee tooooo!! I thought I was alone lol

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reverse harems make me weak. i don't even care about the shame anymore.

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No idols
No idols
please

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+ 1,000,000
especially idol girls

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I remember the PAIN of She's So Lovable all too clearly...

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I would rather accept idols with decent acting skill than so-called-actor or model-turned-actor with low skill..

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Wow, the plot sounds so fluffy, but so good.

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han groo? or lee yubi please...

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han groo is hated in korea right now and she was married recently, i don't think they choice her.

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hated? why?

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She did a lot of media play about her siblings, her sister called her out publicly, etc. You can read more about it here:
http://omonatheydidnt.livejournal.com/16747909.html
http://kkuljaem.blogspot.com/2015/10/han-groo-swept-up-in-controversy-over.html

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zzzzzzzz

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I can already sense the cringe from the title and written plot. But considering this targeted at teenagers, I won't be too harsh and let them have their fun.

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It sure sounds adorable. But also could be disastrous.

Plz get a good cast. Plz.
Yubi/ han groo/ kang sora/ eunji/ iu.
For male leads-the above two actors and both young actors from TwentyAgain will be good..

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They are all too good for the absurdity this role sounds like, but at the very least I hope the role goes to someone who can act.

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Yes, if they are able to get a good cast, Miraculously, then this could be a great show.

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IU is hated in korea now
Kang Sora is with Rain in another drama
Han Groo hated in Korea too
Yubi is the only one...

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yubi should really focus on fully recovering tho
why are IU and han groo hated?

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for the IU scandal, Beyond Hallyu and Asian Junkie are better resources. It's basically a witch hunt.

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ohh IU's scandal is pretty disgusting. glamorizing paedophilia (and profiting off of it!!) is NOT ok.

han groo's scandal, on the other hand, i can't take seriously. i don't have step siblings, but if i did and someone asked me if i had siblings i would count them. if she had said she didn't have any siblings, her step-sister and brother would probably still come out of the woodwork and create a scandal about her refusing to acknowledge them. maybe i'm missing the core issue in that situation but it seems pretty silly.

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@masked - I agree, I think accusing IU of glamorising paedophilia is REALLY rich coming from a country whose pop stars routinely dress in infantilised concepts to appeal to older men.

And from what I've seen, all of this started because the Korean publishing company took IU's words in an interview out of context and took it upon themselves to behave as if they actually wrote the book.

Some of the allegations I've seen are truly absurd, considering the lyrics of the controversial song appear to have been taken directly from the book. And western pop music has PLENTY of far more controversial songs (see: anything by Serge Gainsbourg, especially songs written for France Gall and his own daughter, Charlotte. Or even Alizee's 2000 hit, Moi Lolita)

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I googled about han groo just now. She is soon getting married to her non-celebrity boyfriend. This is the only latest news about her.
But why is she hated for that? Is there any other reason for hate?

IU was dating someone much older than her. But again, this can't be the reason for hate?

Their dating is the similarity here but it really is non-sense to hate them for that. That is their personal life.

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for IU, I think it's not about her dating life. It's about her recent album's controversy.

http://www.kfmradios.com/en/2015/11/controversy-rises-over-ius-lolita-concept/

http://www.koreaboo.com/trending/netizens-continue-case-ius-lolita-concept/

for Han-groo ... idk, why?

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I thought she already got married. She had a recent scandal about her family background (ala Cindy). The short story of the scandal is that Han Groo has step siblings who graduated from prestigious universities like Seoul National and she made it look like they were close because it looked good on her resumé but in reality they were estranged.

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IU got backlash for sampling Britney Spear's song without permission and for having a song and album cover that sexualizes a 5 year old.

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IU was involved in a plagiarizing scandal, and then she wrote a sexual song about zeze a fictional child from a story book. her songs are doing well I think but the Netizens hate her

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The so-called "sexual song" has lyrics that quote the book itself.

And she wasn't even the composer of the plagiarised song!

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Yubi got so much hate lately she had to close her instagram, so she's not free of that either. Knetz are ruthless man.

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ugh, seriously? Poor girl....

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Wasn't there a Japanese drama about a girl who moves in with several boys (brothers I think)? I remember it was a really large mansion and each of the boys had a very distinct personality, and I think the maid who was an older woman (older than any of them who were all quite young) and she was a bit weird.

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that sounds like Atashinchi no Danshi.

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Atashinchi no Danshi!

Although I don't know what maid you're talking about. The secretary??

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It was not a maid. It was either a grandma or aunt. She was the owner of the house

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it could be the wallflower/ perfect girl evolution. the main girl was really odd in the beginning.
http://asianwiki.com/The_Wallflower

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Yesssssss i want Lee yubi! Oh or kim seulgi?

And who are the next two?
(I agree, no rookie idol who cant acting pls, if its yoon doojoon, or park yoochun, i can still tolerate, but dont u think theyre too old for this... wait those two are old too)

It's pretty much the dorama I watched (but instead of 4, it was 7(?) And even she is the same ages as the boys, she is her mother bc boys' father made her as his wife and asked her to take care of his children)

And lol, theyre basically being the rich kids again, (i was hoping to see ahn jaehyun has poorer role, bc him in hoodie is like one of the most adorable thing) pls no lee min ho or kim woobin, i would be freaking confused who to focus on.. maybe they can cast actors whos not sooooo popular but act great.

Or..

Hey
How about park bogum?

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kim seul gi yes.Anything that gives her the chance to shine as the lead girl.

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+1.

Lee Yoo Bi also OK and cute, but I want to see her in a more serious role.

Kim Seul Gi, this girl definitely need a chance to shine.

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i agree with you. can it be , Park Bo Gum, one of them, please!!!!!!!!!!

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noo, I don't want Park bo gum to play that dude in love triangle who will never gets a chance to be endgame....AND he is too good for this role (same can be said about Jung Il-woo)

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OMG, I know right. Park Bo-Gum shall not be cast repetitively into the "second-lead-who-ends-up-with-his-heart-in-pieces" category. He's already playing one in Reply 1988 as that cutie heavenly Taek, gods have mercy.

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this sounds like a japanese doramas around 2009-2010, but i cant remember the title :/

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My personal vote for female lead of this thing, would go to Chae Soo-bin - she's slayed every one of her drama roles so far no matter how small, and her profile could do with the boost that comes from playing the female lead of a prime time Big 3 drama.

But Jung Il-woo has been making some godawful drama choices over the last couple of years so I am not reassured about the quality of this one.

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Seems like only productions from Ahn Jae Hyun's own agency (HB Entertainment) cast him...

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Obviously he's so bad and a total shame for the profession. You can't act without expression.

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I wonder how he'll do in second lead. If he's so wooden, maybe he should stick to modelling.

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Ahn Jae Hyun seriously, he's so baddddddddddddddd, worst actor in 2015 lol,

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Truly terrible. But perhaps playing a cold and withdrawn flower boy won't call for much emoting. He can stand in the back and look traumatized while wearing a smashing outfit

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I've only ever seen the poor guy in You Who Came From Another Star, where he played the brother...and that I barely remember. I'm not watching Blood, ever, even though the girl from Boys Before Flowers is in it (I forgot her too; honestly, with Lee Min Ho shining in the centre with his flower boys, would I really have time to remember her name? Haha), as I've seen a lot of stills from it/pictures of scenes, and I swear he has a range of expressions like a teaspoon. (HARRY POTTER FANS, ANYONE?)

Jung Il Woo does best in high school dramas, but I'm wondering whether it's all he'll ever be doing the best at. I admit he was pretty a-okay in Moon that Embraces the Sun, and Flower Boy Ramyun Shop's cheery atmosphere is because of him (for me, although the rest of the guys are way too cute!); but please??? Another drama like this, and by the time you're 60, you'll have nothing left. I'd like to see more 49 Days-ish. I haven't even watched that drama yet, but I know he's good in it, because his acting skill is pretty varied if he allows it to be. I just don't think another high school drama is the answer...

Let the heroine be less weak-spined and more head-strong and just, please, choose a nice heroine who's sassy and sweet and not like Go Mi-Nam at all. (Unpopular opinion, sorry! I like Go Mi-Nam, don't take it the wrong way; I just want a change of character. Like I Hear Your Voice's lead heroine? Now THAT'S sass).

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As much as I love Jung Il woo, I'll be the first to admit that his acting range is limited, so I do hope he brings something more to the table. I feel like I've watched his repetoire of tricks in his last few dramas. Here's hoping he goes for the non-traditional role of bodyguard. He's much too old to play bored, rich, chaebol high school son unless he's imitating his best friend, Lee Min ho. I'd like to see him in something resembling his angel role in 49 days. He wasn't the main lead but he added a lot of spice to the show.

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Pls gods of drama, spare my favorite actresses of starring in this! Nothing against the 2 actors, but the drama sounds boring. And this seems like an even worse idea for JIW, since it will probably be the last drama he does before enlisting.

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I love it in dramaland how a dude can play a teenager basically until he goes into the army, even if he hasn't seen the inside of a high school in like, ten years.

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This totally sounds like Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge, a japanese drama in 2010 ??

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But that female lead wasn't smart and funny and good at sports...she carried around her own personal cloud of doom, as I recall...

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Funnily enough Flower Boy Ramyun Shop is JIW's last drama that I found remotely decent. He doesn't look different from four years ago, I'd happily watch him reprise his Cha Chi-sooooo role all over again.
The story sounds like it's female-centric though, shouldn't they cast the right actress first?

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My head keep screaming Park Bo-young or Shim Eun-kyung ?

The one or the other will spread positive spirit and good cast for this drama

And please no cast offering for Lee Min-ho.

He's okay but we need some refreshing actors which would elevates the harems

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Shim Eun-kyung ... still traumatic (and annoyed) with her Nae-il (Nodame) portrayal in Cantabile Tomorrow. Even my love for Jo-woon can't make me pass over the first eps. It's still a pity cause I even missed the R88 boys that were there, Park Bo-gum and Go Kyung-pyo. She was good in Sunny and Miss Granny, but why in CT..? LOL. Nevermind :'D

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Indeed she was annoying but her acting getting better and better.

It's was like watching Nae Il growth through the story. Just saying if you want to try once more to watch it :)

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I'll try it again in the future.. for the sake of Park Bo-gum and Jo-woon kkk :D

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I vote For Kang Min Hyuk

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Can someone be done with high schoolers and move on already? I know there are some good HS dramas out there, but few HS dramas in successive months can't be good for everyone. Plus, unless they cast my fave it's highly unlikely I would watch a drama starring AJH again.

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blergh.. count me out..
the premise sounds so corny..
and the older I get, the less patient I am with fluffy candy cotton drama like this..

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Yeah the older I get, the more these plots sound embarrassing and cringeworthy to me, I can't watch them anymore. But I can't judge because teenage me had Hana Yori Dango and Hanakimi (older me probably won't like them as much if I rewatched them now), sometimes teenagers just want something mindless and fun to watch with no stress. Just let them have it.

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It's probably just me, but that sounds like a godawfully boring and generic premise. And they're courting an equally godawful actor in AJH. Meh.

Also, I've never understood the praises JIW gets from DB people in general. I think he's extremely limited with one set of facial expressions. I got so tired of it forever ago and his drama choices have sucked whale-size since I-don't-even-remember-when. This drama sounds like the type I'd skip in a heartbeat so I hope they cast an actress I wouldn't care for.

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nope, it's not just you - this sounds trite, unoriginal and boring. And while I quite liked Jung Il-woo years ago, he's been choosing crappy dramas for ages now. Kinda like the male Yoon Eun-hye. Now knowing he's choosing a drama is practically a guarantee I'll avoid it.

As for the actress, I hope they pick someone who's good at acting and could use the exposure of being a Big 3 lead....Kim Seul-gi is way too good for this, but someone like Chae Soo-bin or Yoon So-hee might get more of an actual benefit out of this.

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Jung Il-woo has been going down on my crappy list with his crappy dramas.

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@Mandy

I agree with you with regards to JIW limitations. I like him a lot, but I'll be the first to admit that he is very limited to one set of facial expressions. It also doesn't help when he seems to stick to these flower boy roles and only branches out occasionally to choose other genres. I think the mark of a good actor is someone who mixes up his genres a lot and constantly challenges themselves, instead of sticking to just the easy roles.

I think he'll do better with something dark and heavy - maybe even a thriller, then his limitations won't show as much.

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You are not alone. He was almost unwatchable in The Return of Iljimae.

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I thought at the first time, the setup is similar to jap drama, yamato nadeshiko shichi henge.
The only difference is that the dorama heroine is very quiet and introvert.

I'm happy for the cast and let kim seul gi be the leading lady. She is adorable.

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Ya'll ever seen the anime 'Fruits Basket' ? This sounds very like the same premise.

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I loved furuba when I was a kid. I do see where you're coming from, but Kyo, Yuki, and Shigure weren't exactly living in a mansion, and there was the whole turning into animals thing...

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But furuba literally a lot of men, 10/11 if i'm not mistaken, lol..
While this one only four..

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Finally, the novel will be a Kdrama.

How about Girls Day Minah as a leader woman and Lee Won Geun (cheer up!)?

My mind keep playing with those two, especially when Lee Won Geun played a positive cheerfull guy but a little naughty teenage in previous drama and a bright image of Minah in Law of the Jungle

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what the.. i thought i saw Mr. Darcy! :D

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They are TOO OLD to be playing highschoolers, and AJH can't act for save his life, and JIW it's no far behind too.

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Sounds horrible to me. This is the first time I've seen a synopsis and feel so strongly that I should never watch it. Reverse harems are definitely not my thing.

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Funny, I just started rewatching 49 Days for my Jung Il-woo fix.

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To some of you who think that JIW is a limited actor without a range of expressions go watch The Return of Iljimae...it aired in 2009...oh, and it wasn't a 'flower boy' role, it had some elements of dark and tragedy in it. As for AJH, well...all i can say is that i can see him as the expressionless grumpy pants in this one, he was good at it as jung ji heon's donsaeng.

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would be perfect if they just changed it from high school to college.

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Totally agree!!! He's 28yrs old!!! And he's looks like a grown up man! I realize some of these actors look very young for their age and can play the younger parts, but not him.
I really hate it when these actors have been playing adult roles for several dramas...then they throw them back to 18yrs old again! When they did that with Lee Min Ho in Heirs it made me gag.
I just can't buy it and it frustrates me. Why can't they make it a college drama? High school girls like college guys!! LOL!

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I agree also; it could be cute campus drama.

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Hmm, I don't think JIW's a bad actor. He's consistently picked crap for ages though and so his acting hasn't really gotten any better. I do think his acting comes across as a bit manufactured sometimes? Idk, sometimes he really looks like he's going through the motions, though it could be down to the dire scripts he's been working with. He should switch agencies asap.

AJH is absolutely hopeless though. He's beyond limited, I don't think he can do anything remotely close to acting.

In the right hands this sort of premise could be cute?? We'll see. I agree with pogo, Chae Soo Bin would be good for this.

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This sounds like a teenage girl's fantasy (haha, mine) that could be sloppy and just pure cringe-y crack, but if put in the right director/PD/writer/actors, this could turn out to be a sweet fluff with some deep moments, and complete with a cute "family", which I'm always down for.

But it needs better leads: AJH? REaaaLLyyY? Why him? Why not peruse through the multitudes of flower boys out there who can actually act...well, good? Jung Il-Woo I have no problem with, except for the fact that he's not recently been choosing good dramas, and this might be either a huge comeback or a shameful, crack drama hidden in the folds of K-Dramaland's storage rooms.

There are so many fresh-faced actors/flower boys, so can we reconsider the options? AJH I would swap for Ji-Soo in a heartbeat. I swear, that boy just gets me. Right in the freaking feels.

Heroine options, people? Mine would be someone bubbly with enough sass to fend off 4 boys, maybe Park Bo-young or Lee Yu-Bi. Definitely not someone too young, please, because Jung Il-Woo. Nuff said.

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reminds me a little of Romantic Princess (TW drama)
a ton of fluff but endearingly cute!

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why doe it have to be high school? SO unrealistic having all these 20 somethings playing teenagers. Why can't it be college at least? And if it's high school we already know that means NO TOUCHING....much less kissing...or maybe one frozen one will be allowed.

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Surely you can't be serious? I know we'll have at least one "I lost my balance and fell onto your lips" type kiss.

(And don't call me Shirley.)

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AJALKJFUJSFNJF;SUJN!!!! Ok ok, so I'm really excited about this, and I've been having one of the best years in my personal drama history this year, so with this coming up, 2016 is bound to be as good as 2015 was!!

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jung so min!!!!!!!!! she can make any character lovable!!

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I pray they pick a good writer.
I also would have liked Han Groo. Too bad about the scandal, but wishing her best for her marriage.
Wishing LYB speedy recovery.
Another choice for me would be Yoon So-Hee. I loved her in every drama she was in (not necessarily the drama, but her performance.)
It could be cute if well made, and a lot rests with the writer and cast.

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Another choice would be Kim Yoo Jung

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Oh no don't waste her here.

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Seriously. No NO!

Kim Yoo Jung is better than this even though realistically, the drama fits her age the most! lol

But no.

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she's way too good for the pre-emptively declared rubbish this sounds like.

And also WAY too young to be playing Jung Il-woo's love interest! *gag*

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Kim so hyun is a good choice with talent and experience but the age gap is way too much.

Wish jung Ii woo was younger.... They would make a cute couple *thinking out loud*

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She's way too good for this.

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They should just cast kim ji won (Rachael)

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Oh god no, she already has a big project for 2016, no need to ruin it with this.

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I think Jung So Min would be a good choice. Loved her in Can We Get Married ? and D-Day. She's so tiny lol and always such a good actor. I'm currently looking for her other dramas because I'm having Ddol Mi withdrawal.

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I love her, but i afraid she will be wasted here after delivering great performance on D-day! Just let her rest and choose a good project. :)

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Can it be campus story? I am so done with so many high schools drama this year.

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Jung Il-Woo is def too old to be a high schooler. He should be the cool bodyguard.

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so many people already pressed about this project ffs it haven't even aired or in that matter finished casting

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Someone may have mentioned it, but he will be in a NaverTV Cast drama called High End Crush http://www.dramafever.com/drama/4829/High_End_Crush/

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Omg I kind of hope they cast ji soo! I've been having second lead syndrome lately and I think he would be perfect. He could be the shy and adorable brother who gets the girl this time!!

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NO.

Keep our puppy far, far away from this - he deserves better dramas!

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Idk it's about time Ji Soo moves on from high school dramas. If he picks this up, it will be his fourth HS drama in a row. The boy needs a break from that...I'm sure he's capable in pulling off different types of roles or more mature ones and he should show it...plus this drama sounds pretty lame.

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