Park Eun-bin, Park Hye-soo up for JTBC’s Age of Youth
Park Eun-bin, Han Ye-ri
Park Hye-soo, Han Seung-yeon, Ryu Hwa-young
Casting offers are out for JTBC’s new youthful roommate drama Age of Youth. This drama features the amusing events that happen in the lives of five young college women, all with different appearances, quirks, majors, taste in men, and relationship styles, who happen to live under the same roof.
The drama is courting five actresses to play those leading ladies, and the names mentioned so far make up a pretty strong lineup. Han Ye-ri, who was the first to be announced, has been building a career with strong performances and characters who leave an impression, in film (Sea Fog, As One), and in television (Six Flying Dragons). Park Eun-bin has been transitioning well from child and teenage characters (Queen Seon-deok, Iron Empress) to adult parts (Gu-am Heo Jun, Secret Door), even if she hasn’t found her adult breakout role yet.
Ryu Hwa-young is still relatively new but has been developing a comic side that’s often scene-stealing (Ex-Girlfriend Club; Come Back, Ajusshi). Kara’s Han Seung-yeon (Jang Bo-ri is here), and Park Hye-soo (Joo-won’s little sister from Yong-pal) complete the group.
Girl’s Generation member Sunny was also in contention for a part in this drama, but has since announced through her official SNS account that she declined the offer. Humbly, she said that she did not want to take away from the enjoyment of the drama with her inexperience at acting.
This project is brought to us by writer Park Yeon-sun, who has a string of insightful drama to her name, such as Alone in Love, Mixed-up Investigative Agency, and White Christmas. The PD at the helm for Age of Youth is Lee Tae-gon, who also directed the emotionally riveting Beloved Eun-dong. With these two heading the project, we can expect a solid thoughtful drama, and I’m hoping it’ll be like the humorous and chic I Need Romance dramas, perhaps geared toward a younger demographic. I think Age of Youth definitely has the potential to resonate well with that crowd, combining a Sex in the City or Girls vibe with a focus on the concerns and goals of female millennials.
Currently JTBC is airing Mirror of the Witch, which will finish in July. Age of Youth is scheduled afterwards, set to begin July 22.
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