Rekindled sparks for Kim Hyun-joo and Joo Sang-wook in JTBC’s Fantastic
I feel like we didn’t hear anything about JTBC’s upcoming Fantastic for a while, but just in the last week came a flurry of confirmations and then boom — already a (brief!) teaser. Girlfriday was right on the money: Kim Hyun-joo (I Have a Lover) will star as a hit drama writer with a terminal illness, while Joo Sang-wook (Glamorous Temptation) is a mega Hallyu star known for his “foot-acting,” meaning he’s terrible onscreen, but people love him anyway.
Kim is Lee So-hye, nicknamed God So-hye for her addictive writing and wildly popular shows. She’s very straightforward and called one “tough unnie,” but her sole weakness is her family. When she discovers she only has five more months to live, instead of wasting time with tears, she’ll resolve to make the most of her remaining days and to go out with a bang.
Joo is Ryu Hae-sung, described as a Foot-Caprio (HAHA), and writer Lee is not only his first love (who ended up breaking his heart), she was actually responsible for Ryu’s big break ten years ago. They’ll reunite after a decade and in the limited amount of time they have left, they’ll enjoy a fleeting, passionate romance.
The teaser is brief, but it highlights characters in JTBC’s most popular shows saying the word “today” and concludes with Kim and Joo summing up the plot: “A romance that only lives today.” I’m looking forward to seeing how Kim adds lightness to her role, and have enjoyed Joo in rom-coms and am tickled he’ll play a top star who really can’t act. The show promises that it won’t wallow in sorrow, but will focus on how “fantastic” life really is.
Park Shi-yeon (Greatest Marriage), Kim Tae-hoon (One More Happy Ending) and resident cutie Ji-soo (Doctors) are also confirmed for the rom-com. Fantastic will be directed by Jo Nam-gook (Last, The Chaser), written by Lee Sung-eun (Sad Love Song, Vampire Idol) and will premiere September 2 on JTBC.
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