Rain and Lee Na Young‘s new drama Runaway is less melodramatic than I thought. It’s getting described as a romantic comedy about “two detectives who try to fool each other and get fooled.” The drama will also film on location in the Philippines, Shanghai, and various cities in Japan. Rain’s character is a detective who takes on a case that has never been solved.
Choi Siwon has been added to the cast of ATHENA! His character is a newbie spy at NTS who starts out as a data analyst. He forms a rapport with Jung Woo Sung‘s cool spy and aspires to be just like him. Too cute – and I’d love to see Choi bumbling around trying to impress the never-ruffled Jung in the beginning. Although – we’re getting more characters on the NTS side. I want to know more about Cha Seung Won‘s team.
But he’s also supposed to act in a Taiwanese drama (alongside Donghae) called Extravagant Challenge. That drama, produced by GTV, is also facing it’s own set of challenges. There are rumors that Angela Zhang is becoming a strong contender for the lead role and will replace GTV star Ariel Lin. Lin has starred in the super popular dramas It Started With a Kiss and won a Golden Bell Best Actress Award. But since she’s also supposed to star in Extravagant Challenge and in Coffee Prince Shop Taipei Stop, there are people within the company who are saying that GTV is becoming too full of Ariel Lin. On top of that, the company stated that they want to make sure Siwon and Donghae’s schedules are clear for Extravagant Challenge; once they are set, then they will pick the actress (Lin or Zhang) who can fit in that schedule. Kinda seems like a slap in the face for the actresses of the home country – they’re no longer the priority.
In case you haven’t had enough of the NBA Playoffs recently – Yao Ming, Magic Johnson, and Kobe Bryant are said to star in a Chinese basketball movie called “Shen Qi,” or “Amazing.” Yao and Johnson are supposedly set to star, but Bryant is still a maybe. The film will focus mainly on a master and apprentice in this sports film, the master being Yao and the apprentice being mainland actor Huang Xiaoming. Hm. Last basketball movie I ever saw was the Michael Jordan – Looney Toons “Space Jam” – and that was fun!
T-ARA is making a splash on the acting scene – first Jiyeon in god of Study, then Eun Jung in Coffee House, and now Hyo Min in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho. She plays the girl who has a one-sided crush on Lee Seung Gi, even though he’s stuck with Shin Mina’s gumiho. Hyo Min supposedly appeared as Eun Jung’s makeover stylist in Coffee House episode 8, but since she didn’t appear, maybe it’s set for episode 9? Either that, or she was a behind-the-scenes stylist.
source: allkpop, dramabeans, asianfanatics, nate