Im Joo-hwan to play main rival in Bride of the Water God
Im Joo-hwan (Uncontrollably Fond) is now in contention to join tvN’s fantasy-romance drama Bride of the Water God 2017, which would have him joining Nam Joo-hyuk (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo), Shin Se-kyung (Six Flying Dragons), Gong Myung (Drinking Solo), and Krystal (She’s So Lovable) in the main cast.
The drama takes aspects of the manhwa story, which was a fusion historical featuring a water god who is offered a bride sacrifice in times of drought, but modernizes the setting and adapts them to modern-day Korea. Nam Joo-hyuk will play the water god Ha-baek, with Shin Se-kyung as his bride; Krystal’s character is a goddess who has lived among people for centuries, and has a one-sided crush on Ha-baek. Gong Myung is described as helping Ha-baek while also harboring a one-sided love on Krystal. Let’s just say there’s a merry-go-round of sad crushes afoot in this drama.
Im Joo-hwan, meanwhile, is set to play Ha-baek’s primary rival, who in the original storyline was another water god who gets Ha-baek jealous when he gets close to his bride. In this version, he’ll be the CEO of a resort (which Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim’s Yang Se-jong was previously in the running for) who gets off on the wrong foot with the heroine: He runs into her when she goes to the bank seeking a loan and inadvertently causes her embarrassment. He then attempts to take on a project to develop a particular spot of land, but it stalls when Shin Se-kyung refuses to sell.
I guess Im Joo-hwan has been relegated to second leads and rivals now, which is a darned shame because he’s a talented, nuanced actor and seemed poised for a strong career following Tamra the Island. But his follow-ups didn’t really take off and and his post-army roles have been mostly supporting (Shine or Go Crazy, Oh My Ghostess, Uncontrollably Fond). Well, at least I know he’ll deliver, even with limited screentime.
Bride of the Water God 2017 has now finished casting its main lineup and plans to hold its script reading and first shoots later this month.
Via TV Report
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