Kim Go-eun offered lead opposite Gong Yoo in fantasy romance Goblin
Ah! I’d be more than happy to see Kim Go-eun (Cheese in the Trap) paired alongside Gong Yoo (Train to Busan) for his upcoming fantasy-romance drama Goblin for tvN, to be written by Descended From the Sun star writer Kim Eun-sook, so it’s good news to hear that she’s been offered the role and is currently considering it.
The plot is full of fantasy elements, centering around a goblin (the “protector”) who needs to take a human bride in order to end his immortal life, and the amnesiac reaper (the “taker”) he takes up residence with, meeting somewhere “between fate and a curse.” They’ll usher deceased souls from this world to the afterlife, and the drama promises to show everyday lives that are mysterious, sad, strange, and beautiful. (It sounds quite heavy on the supernatural/fantastical, but I’m reminded of Dead Like Me and its mix of reaper-fantasy and modern-world living. Perhaps Goblin will be in a similar vein?)
Already there have been rumors and refutations of director attachments, with PD Lee Eung-bok popping up as a possibility, although tvN clarified that no director decisions have been made yet. I can see the excitement over the prospect, considering PD Lee just worked with writer Kim Eun-sook on Descended From the Sun, and we all know what a massive hit that was (his previous credits include Discovery of Romance, Secret, and School 2013). If true, it would mark PD Lee’s move away from KBS to tvN, although after initial news broke, a source with the KBS drama department stated that he is still at KBS. (Well, we know how good KBS is at letting go of things, which is to say, not at all.)
It’s been a while since Gong Yoo has done a good drama (was that really Coffee Prince in 2007? The Drama That Will Not Be Named hardly qualifies), although his film career has at least been more fruitful. Meanwhile, even though Cheese in the Trap was sort of a mixed bag, controversy aside, it did make Kim Go-eun known to the mainstream public and earned her well-deserved attention. She’d already been noticed as a promising film actress, but Cheese made her a household name. I’ll have my fingers crossed for this to work out.
Goblin will be a Friday-Saturday drama on tvN and is set to premiere in November.
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