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TOP declines God of Noodles, Lee Je-hoon offered lead

Normally we wouldn’t post about news just to say “Hey guys, these people aren’t going to do this project!” but the upcoming KBS manhwa-adaptation drama God of Noodles has been in the news quite a bit over the past few days. There’s been a flurry of rumors of casting, and denials of casting, and confusion over casting, which in the end amount to nothing being confirmed.

It’s understandable that you’d kick up a lot of buzz by teasing the name TOP (Tazza—The Hidden Card, Commitment, and obvs Big Bang), except that TOP’s management was swift to counter the stories, stating that he was not in fact considering the role and that the rumors were groundless.

Another name teased as a possibility was Gong Seung-yeon (Six Flying Dragons), and her official statement was less definitive than TOP’s outright rejection. So far, Gong is “not confirmed” for anything, but that doesn’t rule out that she may end up taking the project. Following TOP and Gong Seung-yeon’s statements, KBS issued a statement to say that neither had been confirmed yet (which, duh, we got that from the actors’ denials).

Now the latest name in the mix is Lee Je-hoon, who’s currently enjoying success with his tvN thriller Signal. According to early reports, Lee Je-hoon was a potential lead for the show, and his management company confirmed that he did receive the offer. However, he has not decided whether to take it. There is one outlet reporting that Lee has also turned down the offer, but there are dozens more that state that he merely has not decided. So that’s what I’m going with.


TOP, Gong Seung-yeon

So, why is there a big deal about God of Noodles? It’s probably because of the pedigree of the manhwa creator, whose previous manhwas include Yawang, Daemul, and War of Money (all which were adapted into successful dramas). His style tends to be a bit intense, fast-paced stories with tough characters and high stakes. Noodles aren’t really the focus of this story, either; it’s really an underdog story intertwined with revenge drama, where the character happens to make noodles.

In the story, the hero’s father suffers from amnesia and cannot walk properly, while his mother is a naive, mute herb gatherer. Growing up amidst nature and led by his sharp nose, he hones his keen sense of absolute taste. He aims to become the “god of noodles” in the name of revenge, and I’m sure that would sound a hundred times better if we were told exactly how noodles = payback. But knowing this writer, I wouldn’t laugh it off as silly; it just seems underexplained.

I can see why you might court both TOP and Lee Je-hoon for this character; he’s got to be a sympathetic hero who also has a tough, maybe hard-edged side, and both guys have that. That doesn’t mean I necessarily want either of them in this role; TOP’s already moved on, but while I love Lee Je-hoon and am thrilled Signal is doing well for him, I don’t really need to see him back on TV quite so soon, nor do I find myself drawn to him in this kind of vehicle.

Given this sudden flurry of activity, I expect to be hearing more casting possibilities surface soon; God of Noodles is set to premiere in April as a Wednesday-Thursday drama to follow Descended From the Sun.

Via My Daily, Ten Asia, IS Plus

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Revenge and noodles are the two words I least expected to see in the same sentences. Now I am intrigued.

If Lee Je-hoon takes this, it will be icing on the cake. Because I am still disappointed with Secret Door for not going dark enough. Even though that show made me appreciated his acting prowess and showcase Park Eun Bin's acting chops as Sado's wife.

Still waiting for Signal to finish until I can marathon it later.

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You say you don't think Secret Door went dark enough but how dark can a drama where noodles are, somehow, an instrument of revenge possibly go?

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Well, I thought they would at least touch a little on the insanity problem that Sado had suffered, the plot was dropped before the mid-drama.

As for God of Noodles, I'll probably watch without expecting anything. The noodles might not even be the central focus, but hey, it's something new in revenge dramas.

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Well, as much as I love to see him again in small screen, I just hope that he will choose project that suits him best and I believe he's the type to do that, given his previous projects. And I second you javabeans, don't think he will ride this kind of vehicle,, "strike while it's hot" is not his style.

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I actually like all the names being mentioned in this round of casting news - Lee Je-hoon more than TOP, but this sounds like a makjang in the making.

And good on Gong Seung-yeon getting the offer for female lead, she's pretty solid for a newbie and I'm happy the role is at least being offered to a rookie with some talent and not another idol heavy on endorsements and low (to put it mildly) on acting talent.

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I agree 100% with you..

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For some reason i hope he doesn't take it,even more after the success he has with Signal,it doesn't seem like a good project for him,it's on KBS so i'm expecting from the get go low ratings to be truthful

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I hope to see TOP in a drama perhaps later this year.
Fingers crossed.

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KBS + lmanhwa /manga/webtoon= disaster ( look what happened to orange marmalade, nadome cantabile ...I don't trust them anymore

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They did make Bridal Mask tho. Not my fav by miles but many people love it, it enjoyed high rating too

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I'm apparently the only one but I really liked the Orange Marmalade drama, and I'm pretty sure people liked Nodame Cantibile too.

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Won't it be too soon for him after Signal ❓unless this one is more powerful......he should not take it.

Most of the dramas for the year seem to have been cast so let's see who else will be on small screen....some who have yet to commit for any......JW, KSH....

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They say Revenge is a dish best served cold, but does this apply to cold noodles

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well, there is such a thing as naengmyun, so....

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I like Lee Je-Hoon in Signal! Unfortunately, he looks slightly constipated in that first pic. Not sure what the manhwa character looks like, but TOP really looks like he leapt from the pages of a Japanese manga - I can imagine him rocking a chef's hat and all - so it's a pity he declined.

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I just hope GSY will say yes for this.
For LJH, he should get some rest after signal.

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No matter how much I think about this, I don't geddit.

So the guy has a good nose and sharp sense of taste and somehow ends up wanting revenge on something unknown thus transforming into the God of Noodles? Pwahahaha.

It sounds so ridiculous it's hilarious. TOP would've been good for this though just looking at the Manhwa cover. I'm not sure about Lee Je-hoon specially since Signal is still on air and this starts April. I'll be on the lookout just for laughs.

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I honestly don't think YG would want any of the BB members to be involved with KBS productions after the whole fiasco with Dae-sung back in 2011.
And idk about the drama but I don't mind more Lee Je-hoon! :)

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I hope they'll hire writer Hwang Eun-Kyung (Daemul and City Hunter). Both dramas were on SBS so maybe she won't cross over to a new station. Ko Hyun-Jung won her 2nd daesang in Daemul and Lee Min-ho improved in City Hunter.

I'd take Lee Je-hoon over TOP as the leading man so I hope he'll sign on.

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God of noodles for now.. hopefully next time we will hear the casting news about bride of the water god. That's the one that I've been waiting for.

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i hope it's GSY again.. i've been waiting for her doing leading roles... she's talented and pretty.. she deserves this..

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They can take their time over that one, I really hope they cast right and that it's pre-produced. Considering the writer also worked on Arang & the Magistrate, I have high hopes.

(but PLEASE cast right! No Suzys, Jin Se-yeons, Lee Yeon-hees or idols PLEASE!)

I'd be thrilled if someone like Jo Boa or, now that you suggest it, Gong Seung-yeon got the role of Soah.

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what?GSY got the role of soah in the bride of the water god? awesome.. so god of the noodles and bride of the water god for her? there's lot of upcoming dramas this 2016..i'll support her cause i knw she can act well..i'm on hiatus in watching rom-comdramas cause of this crappy acting of the idols.. i can't connect.. no matter how good the script but wht matter most is the actress and actor..

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Sounds a little bit like King of Baking Kim Tak Goo....man that drama was good.

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Oodles of noodles makes doggy's...

It's still hard to take seriously, but I guess as an actor, even if the turns out that the production was great - you'd be known ever after as that "Noodle Guy!"

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girlfriday: And… did he just seduce that egg out of that chicken?

javabeans: Why yes, yes he did. And that chicken just gave it up, that hussy

LMAO, that was one amazing post.

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LOL Unforgettable!

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I want TOP to do at least one more drama before the enlistment but thank god he didn't choose this noodles drama and especially not with KBS. I don't like them since they seem to diss BB all the time.

I hope TOP will choose either SBS/MBC/tvN drama

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Guys, chill..it's GSY.. she's talented..maybe this time this will become a success..i trust her. that's why i am going to watch it. i never watch kdramas recently cause kpop idols dominates the kdramas, which is very annoying cause of their crappy acting... i'm so excited for the pilot episode... i really wish it might be joo won.. but i like lee je hoon.. so i hope everything will turn okay.. this time will be kbs comeback...

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I feel like Yoon Si Yoon would be great for this.. is he out of the army?

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I doubt TOP can commit with their MADE album needing to get released and finishing up their world tour in Seoul.. all that before he enlists at the end of this year.

I am SO happy about GSY.. ever since WGM i've been a fan and i'm happy things are finally working for her.

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idk why i laughed when i read the part "if we were told exactly how noodles = payback".

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Sound like they try to recreate Kim Takgu popularity. Bread + revenge now noodle + revenge... Can they bring back 50% ratings to KBS?

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if the writer is Kang Eun-Kyung

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I watched Yawang a bit and from what I got this manhwa writer tends to go over the top, and sometimes that's not a good idea.

I hope Lee Jehoon turns this down to be very honest. I can see him in the role, but I personally don't want him to take this path. But hey, I'm not the one who's getting offers so just hope that he'll decide well

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