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News bites: February 4, 2023


Ji Chang-wook, Shin Hye-sun

  • Ji Chang-wook (If You Wish Upon Me) and Shin Hye-sun (Mr. Queen) are on the casting table for JTBC’s new healing romance Welcome to Samdalri. On the production side, PD Cha Young-hoon (When the Camellia Blooms) is attached to direct with Kwon Hye-joo (Go Back Spouses, Hi Bye, Mama!) penning the scripts. [Sports Kyunghyang]

  • The first stills have dropped for MBC’s Joseon Lawyer, featuring our title’s hero for the people Woo Do-hwan (The King: Eternal Monarch). Slated to broadcast this coming March with PD Kim Seung-ho directing (Twenty Five Twenty One), and with scripts by Choi Jin-young (Seven Day Queen), the historical sageuk also stars princess Bona (Twenty Five Twenty One) and top-ranking official Cha Hak-yeon (Tomorrow). [News1]

  • Kim Nam-gil (Island) has been offered a new hard-boiled action called Execution, which will be written by Kim Jin-wook (Bait) while Choi Young-hwan (The Thieves, Veteran) will be the talent behind the camera. In the meantime, Kim Nam-gil will be returning to our screens on February 24 with part two of TVING’s Island. [Newsen]
  • Han Ji-hyun (Cheer Up) will be acting opposite Lee Min-ki (My Liberation Notes) in Wavve’s new medical mystery-thriller Look at Me. Planning to release later in the year, filming begins next month with production led by filmmaker Ahn Sang-hoon (The Witness, Blind) and writer Hwang Ye-jin (Secret Mother). [Star News]


Lee Yi-kyung

  • Lee Yi-kyung (Critical X) is considering a new time-slip revenge drama called Please Marry My Husband. If he accepts, he’ll be playing the target of revenge when his dying wife gets a life re-do after catching him cheating with her best friend. Based on a popular web novel and webtoon, production is still in the planning stages and the broadcaster has not yet been announced. [Star News]
  • Casting continues for JTBC’s Death Game as well, and they’re lining up some pretty names to play the many faces of Seo In-gook (Cafe Minamdang). If everyone accepts their offer, we may be seeing (in alphabetic order): Choi Siwon (Work Later, Drink Now 2), Jang Seung-jo (Strangers Again), Kim Jae-wook (Crazy Love), Lee Jae-wook (Alchemy of Souls), and Sung Hoon (Woori the Virgin) alongside our heroine Park So-dam (Record of Youth). [My Daily (1), (2), (3), Sports Chosun, SpoTV News]
  • Over on tvN, The Heavenly Idol has been bestowing us with more stills, this time featuring supporting cast: Lee Jang-woo (Oh! Samkwang Villa), Yeh Ji-won (Brain Works), and Tak Jae-hoon (Dark Hole). Starring Kim Min-kyu (Business Proposal) and Go Bo-kyul (Hi Bye, Mama!), the fantasy rom-com premieres in just over a week on February 15. [News1 (1), (2), (3)]

 
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1. I have been waiting for this pairing since forever. I am excited.

2. Woo Do Hwan, welcome back sirrah, even though he has another Netflix drama coming out.

3. Kim Nam Gil, again, lol, he'll probably do it for me again.

4. This could be interesting.

5. Lee Yi Kyung, he was so so great in Children of Nobody, so this could be good.

6. What a male line up.

7. Ye Ji Won with a shaved head is a must see.

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Which other drama does Woo Do Hwan have currently?

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Bloodhounds.

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@kafiyah-bello: With all due respect to the others, I wish SIG would play all of them but alas. Hopefully, it will turn out nicely.

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This is a very fair statement!!😍

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Lee Jae Wook and Kim Jae Wook!!! Shin Hye Sun!!!! Kim Nam Gil!!! Woo Do Hwan!!! Names that get me excited πŸ˜† It doesn’t matter when I saw them last, I miss all of them already haha.

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I trust everything attached to 1. And, I'll finally get to watch Ji Chang-wook again. I have only seen him in Empress Ki.

Lee Yi-kyung🀭🀭🀭🀭🀭🀭

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> Still kind of waiting to love a Wookie script again, but man, with Shin Hye Sun? That will be hard to say no to.

> Give me Ziggy, Jang Seung Jo and Lee Jae Wook in a drama together or so help me God... Gosh, that alone would make what, for me personally, sounds like a trainwreck script waiting to happen, next level watchable. Although then I'll probably cry if it's really bad, that they were all wasted so... man... idk, be surprisingly amazing? please? pretty pretty please? (press D for Doubt).

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1) The pairing looks good!

2) The trailer was promising. I'm happy to see WDH back!

3) KNG after Through the Darkness, it's hard to see him in not as good dramas.

4) I didn't like HJH's acting in Cheer Up... I'm more curious about the pair LMK and Han Ji-Min.

5) Lee Yi-Kyung diseapared, I only watched him in cameo. I would like to watch him in a serious role and not a comical one. He was so good in Children of Nobody.

6) I wish a whole good drama with SIG not just him playing the first episode...

7) This drama looks like over the top.

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I know Lee Yi-kyung has played villains before, but I'm kind of on the fence about his casting because the husband character is pretty much all your typical (soon-to-be-ex) husbands in makjangs combined, so I don't think the role will do him favors, unless it would make the audience think he's more than a comedic actor and witty TV personality.

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Shin Hyesun + Ji Changwook + writer + PD.
I'm excited.

I'm also excited about all those cameos in Death Game.

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So happy that Woo Do Hwan has two projects coming out soon! I've really missed that face and voice. Not sure about the story yet, but cautiously optimistic.

Excited for everything about #1--the pairing has so much potential, and the behind-the-scenes talent is great, too. "If You Wish Upon Me" wasn't bad or anything, but it didn't give me the feels I wanted. This one definitely could!

Those cameos for SIG's upcoming project are definitely enticing, but I'm a little worried that this could quickly become a gimmicky drama rather than a good one.

I'm still not sure whether or not I'll check out Heavenly Idol. I'm not big on idol stories in general, and this one sounds really silly. Would love for it to pleasantly surprise me.

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Shin Hye-sun is fabulous and the PD for WELCOME TO SAMDALRI has done some great shows in the past, while the writer has also given us some excellent shows. I have great confidence in this one.

I have to admit that when I first saw the title JOSEON LAWYER my reaction was "you have to be kidding me". That does not mean it could not be entertaining so I will check it out as yet another entry in the Legal Fantasy genre.

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I'm excited about the new Ji Changwook drama! He is such a brilliant actor. I hope it goes ahead! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

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Lucky Park Sodam.

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1. This sounds awesome. I love the actors and I LOVE the writer.

2. I like the cast, but I really hate the title of the show. Can't they replace the "lawyer" for court lady, eunuch, erudite, gisaeng, or even something basic like king?

4. Why are you going to make me hate Lee Yi Kyung? πŸ˜” But I'm really looking forward for the rest of cast tho, especially the main leads (I really like this webtoon). And I think it's going to be fun to watch YK in this role.

5. I read "Seo In-" I'm in.

6. Omo omo omo. 🀭

7. I love Ye Ji Won.

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I am excited for Ji Chang-wook and Shin Hye-sun. I mean... Wooky could be mistaken, but i wouldnt say the same for Shin Hye sun... I trust her!!!!!!!
So, let's wait with big hopes!

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Haha! Exactly what I was thinking but didn't want to say. The term healing romance makes me wary, but I too put my trust in the complete team. Jjang!

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