Yoon Ji-hye joins Entourage as Jo Jin-woong’s wife
Okay, this actually isn’t a huge role, but the casting makes me excited because Yoon Ji-hye (Jackpot) and Jo Jin-woong (Signal) shared a cute side loveline in the movie Kundo: Age of the Rampant, and now they’re going to reunite as a married couple in tvN’s remake of Entourage. Jo Jin-woong plays a high-powered agent to a movie star — Ari Gold in the original HBO series, which makes Yoon Ji-hye Mrs. Ari (I know, that show was on for years but she was always called Mrs. Ari).
HBO’s Entourage is about a group of boys living it up in Hollywood when one of them makes it big as an actor, and the remake will transplant the same setup to the Korean entertainment industry. Seo Kang-joon (Cheese in the Trap) plays Vince’s counterpart, the big movie star; and Park Jung-min (You’re All Surrounded) co-stars as the Eric character, the best friend manager.
Lee Kwang-soo (Dear My Friends) and Lee Dong-hwi (Answer Me 1988) round out the entourage as Johnny Drama and Turtle’s characters. Also co-starring are Ahn So-hee (Heart to Heart) as Seo Kang-joon’s first love, newcomer Kim Hye-in as Park Jung-min’s girlfriend, and f(x)’s Amber as Jo Jin-woong’s assistant.
Yoon Ji-hye’s character is described as a beautiful, charismatic woman with a cool and refreshing personality, who’s got her husband under her thumb. Heh. I do remember that Ari’s character was always running around yelling at people all day like he was the boss of everyone, and then went home and never once could win an argument with his wife.
Yoon Ji-hye is particularly great at playing sassy, powerful women, so it’s pretty perfect casting. In Kundo, she played a badass archer who had a cute love triangle with fellow bandits Jo Jin-woong and Ma Dong-seok, and I just remember both burly guys being all fidgety and shy around her, while she sassed them with this great deadpan face.
Entourage began shooting today in a club in Gangnam, and plans to complete production by August for a simultaneous broadcast in Korea and China. It’s tentatively slated for a late October Friday-Saturday broadcast on tvN, but in a late-night timeslot (presumably for its risqué content, though we’ll see about that).
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