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Lee Yo-won, Jin Gu in talks to join Night Light

Ah, all of a sudden we have a bunch of casting news on MBC’s Night Light, which just yesterday reported that UEE (Marriage Contract) was in contention to play a leading role. Now we have two more names up to join the show: Lee Yo-won (Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-ki) and Jin Gu (Descended From the Sun), both of whom are coming off well-received projects in the past year.

The drama is about ambitious people clamoring to claim more power and success for themselves, and it appears that the title is a metaphor for that ambition; these people are sleepless in their endeavor to “become owners of that light.” Hence the night light.

Jin Gu is reportedly in final negotiations for the role; the character is the son of a corporate CEO with an intelligent brain and cool-headed judgment. I’m more used to Jin Gu playing salt-of-the-earth common guys than the silver-spoon rich guy, but let’s see what he can do with this character.

Lee Yo-won is up to play an elegant, perfect woman who ends up clashing at every turn with the other series lead, the role currently out to UEE; that character is a young poor woman who lost her parents at a young age and takes a rare opportunity to send her life in a different direction. It’s a rivalry I can see sparking, since both ladies are capable of being tough as nails and standing their ground, and I would almost fear for UEE being cut down by Lee Yo-won’s iciness if I didn’t feel equally confident that she could handle her own.

So far, I’m optimistic about the casting, and if the writer (Han Ji-hoon of Last, Time Between Dog and Wolf) and director (Lee Jae-dong of I Miss You, My Spring Days) can pull off a tense, conflict-laden drama that lives up to its description, I’d be up for that. Night Light is set to be MBC’s last Monday-Tuesday drama of the year, premiering in November.

Via News1, TV Daily

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UEE is one of the better idol actress out there but I do wish that Jin Goo gets a better actress to co star. (Kang Sora maybe???) The follow up project from DOTs is critical for his career

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In my opinion, Uee and Kang So Ra probably in the same class in term of acting, the project could be hit or miss depends on the role and directing.

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I guess it's different preference. Personally I find Kang Sora's acting one of the best in the 20s range. She just never had luck with selecting dramas (other than Misaeng and Neighbourhood Lawyer but both in which she was outshone) and Doctor Stranger could have been a hit IF ONLY .... Ugly Alert was good though yet many pass it up because it's 133 episodes long. But despite so many disappointing projects from because of the writing, her acting was consistently great.

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Yes different preference. Never liked Uee before Marriage Contract, but she impressed me in this drama. I have seen Kang So Ra in few of her dramas (although never finish any) but I'm not particularly amazed with her acting. But I still think these two needs a good co star in order for them to shine. Of course with good directing & script.

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Yes very true. Rather than a good co star though what Kang Sora really needs is a good scriptwriter. I mean she had Lee Jong Suk & Park Hae Jin in Doctor Stranger and Yeo Yeon Seok in Warm And Cozy but I can never forget how those 2 failed to live up to its expectations.

KS really needs to have a better eye with picking projects. However she did pass up some dramas which ended up with poor ratings (Scarlet Heart and Come Back Ahjussi) I guess this really goes to show that the success of a drama does not only depend on the actor

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Naah I feel Kang So Ra is 1 step ahead of UEE in acting.

I'm Here for Lee Yo Won and story fits style of Lee Yo Won perfectly as far as as little description goes.

Here will be test of Jin Gu though this cold corporate fight gives the vibes of cold characters. So It might not be that difficult to portray the character!!?

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If Lee Yo Won in, I'll watch for sure. She never disappointed us fans with her projects. Started to become her fan from Empire of Gold.

Maybe you are right about KSR's is one step ahead than Uee, but so far none of KSR roles and her acting catch my eyes.Waiting for the day that I can see if she is really good actress. As for Uee, none of her roles made me interested before Marriage Contract. MC changed my mind that she actually a good actress, in the group of the best idol turn to actress.

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In My Lawyer the role of Kang So Ra went through good cut and even side-kicks had more screentime than her.

I'm stuck in earlier episodes of Ugly Alert so can't say much about acting in an emotional scenes. Rather tha great acting i find most k-actors on same wavelength regarding their skills. Very few can be called natural talents and amazing Actors.

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I think natural talents mostly come from movie industry.
For amazing actors, it is probably on how we determine it.

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adree with you it depand on the script and director, i prefer uee she is a great actress

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Yes, Kang So Ra is better looking, too. I just don't like UEE puffy face.

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Lee Yo Won has quite a good eyes for her selection of project, so if she accept this probably this is a good script. I hope they give us equal screen time between Uee & LYW, since I feel a little weird if Uee is leading over Lee Yo Won who is much better and experienced actress. It is quite fortunate they put Uee, if they out some inexperince actress or idol, i think she will just easily got eaten but LYW.Glad to see LYW is doing projects frequently now, as Ms Temper and Nam Jung Ki was aired on the first half of this year. She normally doing a drama once in two years. I'm also excited to see Jin Gu for the next role after the huge success of DOTS.

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So many typo errors, lol. my sleepyhead ?

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Yes, it is weird but I hope it is one of those dramas that don`t have a distinct part for first and second leads. Maybe all four actors are leads. I prefer dramas with good/ important roles for all casting.

Hope Lee Yo Won and Jin gu have many scenes together. Let them clash and not with the poor goody two shoes heroine.

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The thing is, LYW becomes a secondary to Uee sounds weird and unacceptable for me. ? I hope LYW carefully chosen her script and role. ?

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Same, I was ok with UEE as lead, but than we have LYW and I was like: wait what? If LYW is going to be the second lead, I'm in for some huge second lead syndrome XD

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but if this going to be like her drama QSD where Mishil stole the show, I'm agree if she wants to be a 'Mishil' here. LOL ?

Its rare case if we will suffer second female lead syndrome when usually it is second male lead syndrome.?

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I would think Lee Yo-won would just crush Uee in personality and acting. I would expect her to play the main female lead.

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Me too. I thought it was a different drama at first but I read on then I thought "no way LYW is going to be second lead". The thing is, the script sounds totally LYW's style. And honestly when I first read the synopsis I thought it'll be interesting if it's something like EoG. I loved that show.

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@Alessar and @paroles
this drama sounds like it is made for LYW. No offence to Uee's fans, I like Uee too especially after Marriage Contract.
If LYW confirms, I cannot wait to know the details of the storyline but I sincerely hope these three will become the leads without anyone will be the centre of the drama (of course I'll glad if LYW be the centre) and have equal screentime.

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Isn't LYW the lead of 49 days ? Why these perfect actors and actresses keep being pushed backwards by less talented ones (though I love UEE ) ?am still bitter over Kim Hi Joon being second lead too

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Ikr, LYW is much better an actress, and she has more range in terms of skills and expressions, like 49 days was so awesome, she bursts out carrying the role inside. Anyway hope she has equal share of credit in the drama as UEE.

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She is senior, has much more experiences In the industry, she has the status of leading lady and better in various aspects. I don't know if MBC might think she cannot gain many audiences if she is the main lead? But putting Uee as the main won't guarantee either.

I hope it is more on characters. Uee has been growing on me after Marriage Contract but I cannot bear to see someone as good as Lee Yo Won being wasted.

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I feel like this will be too much about UEE, I love these actors too much to see them be wasted.

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Agree. I hope the script will focus on these three as the leads rather than focusing on Uee's stories alone. Feel bad for these two if they just playing secondary to Uee.

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Whut ?! Lee yo won as the second-lead ?!! It IS at least a drama constitutional crime!

The only hope I have is that if LYW pick a second-lead role it will be a crucial, deep and interesting role !

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The plot and writing had be good, otherwise not even the best A list cast can save it. And it sounds like a weekend drama. Let's hope that the production is more like Marriage Contract and less like Golden Rainbow.

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It is a Monday-Tuesday drama. ^^

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Thank goodness! MBC must have a lot of confidence in UEE to put her in a prime time weekday slot. Anybody know how many episodes it will have?

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It's will fight against The Man...(Soo Ae, Kim Young Kwang) and Romantic Doctor (Seo Hyun Jin, Yoo Yeon Seok).
I love Yo Won after Ms. Temper, like others, i want her screen time = UEE. She deserve it.

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Ohhh.. now I'm so excited. LYW can freeze any one who cross her with her cold impassive stare, and I trust UEE able to hold her court perfectly. JG have hard time to choose if he has to choose one of them. There's romance in this drama, right? Not another EoG that deprived me from the sweet-sizzling romance, right? Right?

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I still disappointed because there was no romance between the LYW and GS in Empire of Gold! Their stares and glances were very intense. but until the end no love line.? Empire of Gold still remain as one of my favorite Kdrama. Love the corporate & family fights in there.

Lee Yo Won was truly phenomenal in EoG with GS as well as Ms Temper ☺

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That's why EoG stays in our disappointed heart forever, Sera. Remember the time when we raved then ranted and growled and ranted again nonstop few years ago? I don't want to be in that phase of my life again when I love the drama, actors and corporate-family politics to boot, but no sizzling romance. Only sizzling or icing stares. *sigh*

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I watched EOG around 3 times and repeat some scenes. If thy have inserted the romance, I don't I will rewatch how many times though. lol

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There are some dramas which can do without a romance. EoG was one, but it would have been perfect if it had even a tiny weeney bit of romance. I mean, LYW and GS had tons of chemistry!

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And they were married for crying out loud! On the other hand most writers don't do romance that well, it usually just ruins the characters.

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Oh my God! I just remember that the writer's best products always deprived me of happy ending! Both TBD&W and Last had vague ending! Road #1 too. Only tearful Temptation and inconceivable Dr. Jin that had happy ending... *groannn*

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Is Uee's character a gangster girl who gets beaten up regularly or something? This writer of "tough" dramas is not my cup of tea (glass of soju?). I look forward to anything with Lee Yo-won in it, otherwise I'd probably avoid this because of the writer.

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Wow! The writer and Director are promising. I hope it turns out well. Gonna check it for Jin Goo

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Will watch this for UEE. I guess I'll have to try some of LYW's dramas now...

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Still trying to figure out what anot "elegant, perfect" person looks like... the genius/perfect characterization is so tiring.

In other news, I just love this update. I adore LYW's acting and Jin-Gu is great as well... although I am a fan of UEE after Marriage Contract, I'm not too sure about this casting--especially if LYW is in it. Seems backwards.

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*an "elegant, perfect" person...

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Lee Yo Won. If you want me to watch your drama just cast her.

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Yippii...
finally God listened to my prayer which missed the queen LYW appearance on the screen after her charm that captivated me on #Mrs Temper and nam jungGi..
I thought she has not come back from a photo shoot in France..
and if returned she will be busy premiere of his latest film #The youngest ..
But thanks it's a good news..
let's pray for the maximum results from the #Night light

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I like Jin Gu. I haven't seen any of Lee Jae-dong's shows since Thank You, which was very pleasant when it wasn't butchering surgery scenes haha. It's a good thing this isn't a medical drama or we'd be headed for another Dr. Jin.

idk, don't entirely trust the writer and nothing seems super exciting here, but it's gotten to the point where it feels nice to see a project that will probably try to say something, even if it's not a sure thing.

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If they have UEE and Jin Gu without Lee Ye-Won I'd be very happy. Lee Ye-Won acting is boring. Even as QS she was one of the worst queens I have seen in sageuk drama.

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LYW is not really suitable with sageuk, so I do agree she should stay away from sageuk. But she rocks in some of her modern dramas. Some actors is not born or suitable to do sageuk.

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So... Who's the leading lady?! Lol

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I'm more interested in the project now with Lee Yo Won's name on the list but I can't imagine her playing second lead to UEE. I liked UEE in Marriage Contract and found her pretty likeable in Ojakgyo but Lee Yo Won's sure to steal the limelight. I hope it's a drama where both of them get equally heavy roles and screentime. And I like Jin Gu, too, so things are looking up for me.

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