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Casting finalized for upcoming tvN drama Little Women


Kim Go-eun, Nam Ji-hyun, Park Ji-hoo

Casting has been finalized for tvN’s upcoming drama Little Women, with Kim Go-eun (Yumi’s Cells), Nam Ji-hyun (The Witch’s Diner), and Park Ji-hoo (All of Us Are Dead) confirmed in leading roles.

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel by the same name, the three play sisters who have a close-knit relationship and come from a poor family. When they encounter an unprecedented situation, it leads to them facing-off against an affluent family in South Korea. The drama follows their journey, and explores the question of what money can mean in life.

Kim Go-eun takes on the part of the oldest sister, Oh In-joo. Money, for her, is the practical means by which she protects her family and provides for them. From a young age, she experienced the struggles of poverty first-hand and her dream is simply to support her family and live like other people do.

Nam Ji-hyun is the idealistic second sister, Oh In-kyung. Intelligent, proud, and with a strong sense of duty, she is passionate about her work as a reporter and always strives to do the right thing. Her life’s motto is to never sell her soul just for the sake of money.

The youngest sister, Oh In-hye, is played by Park Ji-hoo. She attends a prestigious arts high school where she specializes in visual art. Having grown up watching her two older sisters work tirelessly to care for her, she appreciates everything that they do, but sometimes feels burdened by the weight of their love.

Directing for Little Women is PD Kim Hee-won (Vincenzo, The Crowned Clown), with scripts penned by screenwriter Jung Seo-kyung (Mother, Lady Vengeance). The drama is currently being planned to air early next year in 2022.

Via Sports Chosun, YNews

 
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Wi Ha Jun is also in talks for the male lead role.

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I'm sooooooo excited and yet extremely worried lol since this is one of my favorite stories ever! How will it be when transformed into a K-drama...?

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We need to make obeisances to the kdrama gods. This really needs to be great!

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I second that motion

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I love the writer, PD, and all the girls. Park Ji-hoo was fantastic in "House of Hummingbird."

It's hard not to get all excited, but none lived up to the expectation this year, so I'll take it one episode at a time.

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So Nam Ji Hyun is Jo, Kim Go Eun's Meg and Park Ji Hoo is Amy. So biggest question, who is our Laurie?

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My first thought, Jang Dong-yoon, is too old for that Amy.
Maybe Nam Da-reum?

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He's too young for Nam Ji Hyun. Laurie has to be older than Amy and a year older than Jo.

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I would love to see Kwak Dong Yoon here!

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I'm here for this.

Just please stream on a platform I am subscribed too.

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This is the strongest director + writer + cast assembly I've seen in a while, but given what happened with Jirisan, I'm going to temper my expectations.

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I love the casting for this one but question the direction the writer seems to want to take the story. It has been about 55 years since I read LITTLE WOMEN but as I recall it was very much a coming of age story which did not involve some sort of rich versus poor conflict as a major theme. As described these three remaining sisters (one of the four sisters dies in the novel) appear to be much further along in life and two have even embarked on careers.

But maybe this could be a lesson for us who are Americans about the way in which a story which is dear to the hearts of a people can be misunderstood and even distorted by those from elsewhere. Make no mistake about this: LITTLE WOMEN is a fundamental part of our cultural heritage as Americans.

Or, more likely, the actual k-drama story will be completely different from the novel, with only a few passing or coincidental references to the original story a la JEJU ISLAND GATSBY.

In any case I will certainly give this drama a chance. At the very least it has certainly piqued my curiosity.

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>>did not involve some sort of rich versus poor conflict as a major theme.<<
Not every k-drama has to be about this. I wonder why the directors never seem to get the memo. -_-

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You got my point. LITTLE WOMEN as a novel is full of truly universal themes- it may be a jewel of American culture but really is a treasure that the whole world can relate to. It does not need the insertion of such an alien element in order to capture a viewer's eye.

My hypothesis is that the felt need to insert rich v poor or power and corruption themes into stories where they are out of place represents a current fad in K-dramaland not just among the writers but more particularly among those who make the decision to purchase the show. DALI AND GAMJATANG could have been one of the all-time great K-drama romcoms if that element had been discarded. Instead, it was very much diminished by it.

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I'm soooo going to watch this, I'm really excited. ^^

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I really like the casting and the PD!

It looks like the story is more inspired by Little Women than being an adaptation of the book.

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Billing says Jo X Laurie will be endgame. And if it's so, then I will burn cities with fire!🙄

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To be fair it looks like it's not supposed to be a direct adaptation of the novel.

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“Inspired by” rather than an adaptation or even modernization, I think.

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It is going to be very different from the original novel, I am sure about it. Now why, why do they have to be "facing-off against an affluent family in South Korea" (I.e. chaebols)...?
I always criticize dramas where chaebols or even just one of them spends almost the 16 episodes of a show trying to destroy the upright poor male lead or the candy female lead.... 😱
I mean, I am sure chaebols are not like that, they don't care about poor people, let alone envy them secretly or feel threatened as to spend time and money trying to destroy this person.
Most of the time poor people don't interact, won't cross paths with chaebols, because those are very different social spheres where they move.
I am always amazed by how easily you have rich and poor people interacting in dramas, which include the typical trope of a rich guy falling for a poor girl.

Anyway, too much of a comment for a show that is not there yet.
I will watch it anyways.
Let's live the fantasy.

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Woah this is real?! Like everyone here, I'm apprehensive about the direction the storyline is taking here. The cast and makers are worth rooting for it though.

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No. Just no. It sounds like it could make a sweet drama but why say inspired by Little Women. I loved both the novel and Greta Gerwig's adaptation. Saorise Ronaon, Florence Pugh, Timothee Chalamet were so iconic in those roles. If you're not going to make a plot even close to the storyline why invite comparison? Fighting a rich family? Ugh.

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It'll probably be as loosely based on Little Women as Inspector Koo was on Killing Eve.

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Not related but I feel like next time they will be inspired to create a drama based on Anne of Green Gables or Anne with an E. Anne with an E was such a great show. #RenewAnneWithAnE for Season 4 and 5. It is the reason I haven’t been watching a lot of kdramas today because I was so stuck with Anne and Gilbert.

Sorry I know this isnt related. But this Little Women Kdrama is kind of intriguing.

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