Seo Kang-joon confirms webtoon adaptation From A Distance, A Green Spring
The upcoming adaptation of campus webtoon From A Distance, A Green Spring has found a home at KBS, and is planning to broadcast in the spring (naturally). The first actor to sign on is Seo Kang-joon (Entourage, Cheese in the Trap), who has been cast to play the second lead, though this webtoon is actually more about bromance than romance, which makes him part of the leading bromance pair. His character is a puppy-dog freshman who takes a liking to a sunbae and follows him around, leading to an unlikely friendship between two very different boys.
I started reading the webtoon by Jinyoong just to get a feel for the story, and ended up reading way more than I anticipated because I got sucked in by the adorable bromance. It’s a college campus webtoon that’s similar to Cheese in the Trap’s thoughtful, slice-of-life style, about twentysomethings in the spring of their lives, except this one has a focus on friendship. The webtoon’s tagline is: “If you look at life from far away it’s a comedy, and if you look at it up close it’s a tragedy.” The drama is about the in-betweenness of contemporary twentysomethings, no longer youths but not yet adults, trying to figure out life.
I’m not sure if the drama is reworking some of the characters, because most of the press releases seem to conflate the two leads in some way. But in the webtoon, the leading man is a prickly third-year student named Nam Soo-hyun who comes from a poor family and works three part-time jobs to support his mom and younger brother while going to school on a full scholarship. He’s infamously rude and blunt, and doesn’t care at all what other people think of him. (He’s the tall one with dark hair in the manhwa stills below.)
Then there’s bubbly freshman Yeo Joon—the role that Seo Kang-joon has been cast to play—who’s the opposite of Soo-hyun in every way. Joon grew up as the maknae of a wealthy family and knows how to get along with everyone. He cares a little too much about what other people think of him, but it’s because he’s so starved for approval. His father is physically abusive and both his parents think he’s worthless for going to a second-rate university, and he grew up in the shadow of a perfect hyung. He’s quick to cry and witty and fun, and he’s the type of person who’s always surrounded by people but feeling lonely. (He’s the short blonde character.)
The two boys get stuck doing a group project together, and even though everyone around them thinks that Soo-hyun is an uppity asshole, Joon develops this adorable hero-worship for him and follows him around like a an eager puppy, though Soo-hyun finds him annoying at first (one time when they come to class dressed in similar outfits, Joon squeals, “It’s a couple look!” and Soo-hyun takes off his jacket immediately). Through one little white lie that Joon tells, the boys end up becoming roommates and genuine friends.
Seo Kang-joon could really use a nice lovable role after playing THE WORST character ever in Entourage, who was pretty much the crappiest friend and most entitled diva on the planet (seriously I don’t know what the writer was thinking with that character). I wouldn’t necessarily have pictured him as Joon; for example, fantasy castings for the character put Yook Sung-jae in the role, for obvious puppy reasons. But maybe Seo Kang-joon is shooting for an image transformation, which wouldn’t be a bad thing. The bromance of this story is so cute that now I’m eagerly anticipating the drama adaptation. Don’t let me down!
From A Distance, A Green Spring is being planned for a May broadcast on KBS.
Via IS Plus
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- Entourage: Episode 1
- Parties, playing, promos, and posters for Entourage
- Oh Snap! Seo Kang-joon takes perfectly nice photos
- Im Shi-wan out of Entourage, Seo Kang-joon probably in
- Interviews with Cheese in the Trap’s cast (Part 1)
- Entourage remake courts Im Shi-wan, Seo Kang-joon to headline
- Odds and Ends: Upturns and turnarounds
- Cheese in the Trap: Episode 1