Lee Sung-kyung up to join Yoo Hae-jin in new sports film Lovesling
Looks like Lee Sung-kyung (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju) is following up her sports-related drama with a sports-related film. The producers behind Speedy Scandal and Sunny are returning with a new film titled Lovesling, and an offer is out to Lee Sung-kyung to join the cast. At present, veteran actor Yoo Hae-jin (Alliance) is also positively considering a lead role in the film.
The plot is reported to center around a father-son relationship and a girl who comes between them. Yoo Hae-jin is up to play the father who raised his son has a single parent, and their shared love of wrestling is what brings them closer together. In case you’re wondering, that’s where the awkward title comes from: love + (wrest-)ling. Oh, Korea. Anyways, Lee Sung-kyung’s character is part of a hilarious-sounding love triangle between her, the father, and the son. The son has a massive crush on Lee Sung-kyung, who in turn, is nursing a one-sided love for Yoo Hae-jin, LOL.
I’m just going to go ahead and assume that this love triangle is going to be played for laughs a la the weird subplot in Crazy, Stupid, Love where the babysitter has a crush on Steve Carell. Otherwise, if this is gonna be angsty in a melo way, I just can’t: Brothers, I can take (barely), but father and son might just cross that line of ick. Thankfully, this is going to be produced by the same people who brought us Speedy Scandal, so I’m optimistic that the vibe is going to skew towards comedy sprinkled with a dose of touching family moments.
This will technically be Lee Sung-kyung’s big screen debut: she was cast in legal thriller Broker back in 2015, but production has since stalled on that project due to financial issues. Hopefully, this is a successful first film for her, although I will admit I’m wary that’ll mean she won’t return to dramaland. Chungmuro has a tendency of stealing stars and never giving them back.
Lovesling is still in the casting phase but intends to start filming in the latter half of this year. I’m guessing we can expect this film to release around this time next year, which seems like forever away. In the meantime, who else has Nam Joo-hyuk as the son in their dream casting? Who wouldn’t want to relive this: