Song Hye-gyo, Park Bo-gum’s potential noona romance Boyfriend headed for tvN
There are still no confirmations for the cast or network for the upcoming romance drama Boyfriend, but when you have a potential pairing between A-list actress Song Hye-gyo (Descended From the Sun) and dramaland darling Park Bo-gum (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds), you’re bound to generate a lot of buzz. Both actors are coming off of huge hits followed by a long hiatus, so this would be a huge casting coup twice over. Even though I have trouble not thinking of Park Bo-gum as Little Song Joong-ki, which either derails or enhances the romance angle, depending on how you like your suspension of disbelief.
The new drama is potentially looking at a Wednesday-Thursday time slot on tvN’s winter schedule, though the network was careful to say that it hasn’t been finalized. The project comes from PD Park Shin-woo of the delightful rom-com Jealousy Incarnate, which was directed with visual and stylistic wit and a flair for comedic timing—a distinct style that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. I’m less excited about the writer, Yoo Young-ah, whose credits include Entertainer and Pretty Man, which both fall into the cute but disappointing category.
The romance drama will be about a love between a woman who appears to have everything and a man who appears to have nothing. Song Hye-gyo is up for the role of an assemblyman’s daughter who was forced to marry a chaebol by her parents, but later ends up divorced after having a child. Park Bo-gum has been offered the part of an ordinary man, and though nothing has been explicitly stated about his character’s age in the drama, I can’t imagine that they’ll ignore the actors’ twelve-year age gap completely.
It’s described as a story about “a fate in which a man and a woman want to live similar lives even if it’s just for one day.” The drama will explore whether it’s harder to throw away wealth and honor or sacrifice an ordinary life, so I get the vague sense that we’ll be getting a more dramatic version of the themes in Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food. I’m not opposed to that in the least; I just hope there’s also a whole lot of cute romance to balance out the angst. You can’t cast Park Bo-gum as a romantic lead and not have cute puppy love, right?
Boyfriend will potentially air Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning in December on tvN.
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