SBS has announced that they might air Daepoongsoo (tentative title), a 50-episode historical drama about the founding of the Joseon dynasty with Joo Ji Hoon headlining. It was supposed to go up by the end of 2011, but might be reconsidered for the end of 2012 since production is still in the air.
This would have been Joo’s comeback after he completes his service in November. He had also halted his acting career in 2009 due to being caught for illegal drug use.
I would be SO excited, because I really like him. He knows how to emote, and is the first (and rare) actor who made me cry while watching a drama (it was Goong). But since this is really way off in the future, I won’t keep my hopes up too high, since casting changes are sudden and fickle.
Choi Ji Woo and Kang Ho Dong happen to share the same birthday – June 11! The crew of 2 Days 1 Night sent her a bouquet of flowers and a cake to wish her happy birthday, and she took a picture of it. She sent a message to Kang Ho Dong wishing him on his birthday with her best aegyo voice. Nice.
GAH – I can’t wait to watch the actress specials on TV!
“Kung Fu Panda 2″ is AWESOME! I loved it for its sweet unexpectedness. There is TOTALLY going to be a Kung Fu Panda 3 based on the ending, and I am SO there. It’s the start of an excellent summer – I’ve seen “X-Men: First Class” (James McAvoy + Michael Fassbender = *swoon*), so two summer blockbusters – *check*! Next up – HARRY POTTER! WHEE!
Seo Hyo Rim (who was last seen in Sungkyunkwan Scandal as Jun Tae Soo‘s silly younger sister who was in love with Micky Yoochun) will take a dramatic turn as she joins the cast of Scent of a Woman. The drama, which also stars Kim Sun Ah, Lee Dong Wook, and Uhm Ki Joon, will air on July 16. Seo’s character is a cold-hearted chaebol heiress (OOH – hey! It’s not a cold-hearted chaebol MAN, but a WOMAN!) who has had her heart broken after willing to give up her entire wealth to be with this man.
Ryu Seung Soo (Thank You, General Hospital) has been added to the cast of Lie To Me as Yoon Eun Hye’s first love Chun Jae Bum – who then went and married her rival So Ran (played by Hong Soo Hyun). So Ran and Jae Bum seem to be quite the comic pair, as Jae Bum is a lawyer who tends to hurts others without intending to (call him the bumbling antagonist?), and So Ran is uber-competitive with Yoon’s Gong Ah Jung. I wonder how they’ll fit, but I don’t mind if they’re the ones trying to dig around Ah Jung’s life and see if she’s lying about her marital status.
Ryu was quite comical as the hapless doctor in Thank You so I hope his character here is similar.
Runaway starts today! Woo! No I haven’t seen it yet – however, Dr. Champ is taking priority for me. After that must catch up on other dramas before I’ll even look at Runaway.
One last note on I Am Legend, since my final recap only went up last night. I definitely think that it could have been better, and it had its ups and downs. I do not think it was the best drama ever, but I am grateful for the fun moments. Despite its rocky story, the writer managed to entertain us with the characters, not the plot. I call it “brain candy” much like how some chick-lit novels are brain candy: it was fun while it lasted, but it wasn’t by all means good.
OK, and now on to the news bits of the day!
Lee Si Young, now starring in Playful Kiss, apparently underwent rigorous training and diet to play her role as tennis champion Yoon He Ra. She now only has 4kg of body fat, which isn’t really normal. Nevertheless, she’s ridiculously fit.
Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang (“Infernal Affairs,” “Kung Fu Dunk,” host of Super Trio Series) has been added to the multinational cast of Runaway. He will play General Wai, who is friends with Rain and Daniel Henney’s character. Tsang himself had expressed interest in the show, and since the drama is being filmed in numerous Asian cities, it only works out that while they make a stop in Hong Kong, they meet Tsang.
Se7en is making his comeback with an album on July 21, but to hype it up he released a teaser today. There’s nothing special to the teaser – you don’t even hear his voice. However there is a definite techno/auto-tune thing going on for at least this single.
Oh my goodness… the end of April is coming so quickly!
It’s also the start of the 11th Jeonju International Film Festival!
Singer Kim Jong Kook‘s niece is debuting as a singer as well on Music Bank tomorrow, April 30th. Soya is one half of the duo Soya n Sun, and they released their first single “Laugh While Saying Goodbye” last week. (If only I had a relative to get me a foot in the industry… oh wait, I need to have talent first.)