Entourage remake in talks to add f(x)’s Amber to cast
I’d thought the casting was all done on tvN’s remake of HBO series Entourage, but we’re looking at a late addition with this news that f(x) idol Amber is positively considering a role in the show about a hotshot actor (played by Seo Kang-joon) and his entourage of wannabes and hangers-on. (The HBO original was touted as dramedy, but sometimes I really felt like it was really more like tragicomedy.)
Granted, the role will probably be on the small side, since the character is the secretary to the power agent played by Jo Jin-woong (wound-tight douchebag king Ari in the original). But Entourage did shine in its scene-stealing moments from its side characters, and Ari’s assistant Lloyd was pretty hilarious being as petty as he was uber-competent, so Amber has a shot of making this character a bold acting debut—so long as she pulls it off, of course.
The Lloyd character was a gay Asian male with fussy mannerisms and an attitude that was both sassy and passive-aggressive, and he had a lot of great one-liners and comic beats. The remake will be taking out the gay male aspect, and purports to use the character to point out and satirize stereotypes of gender roles in Korean society, sexism, and discrimination. That seems rather ambitious and serious for the Entourage brand, though if they can accomplish that, kudos to them. That also makes Amber a particularly spot-on bit of casting, given her famously androgynous image.
I can’t say that the acting careers of her groupmates is that encouraging (all of f(x)’s idols have tried their hand at acting at some point—Krystal, Sulli, Victoria, and Luna—and nobody’s stood out in a good way), but it’s probably smarter to start in a small role that gives her a chance at memorable moments. I’m approaching this remake with a fair bit of caution, but I definitely am curious to know how the producers will translate the series for the K-drama landscape.
Entourage also stars Lee Kwang-soo, Lee Dong-hwi, and Park Jung-min as Seo Kang-joon’s entourage. The show premieres later this year on tvN.
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