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K-drama casting latest: Rowoon to star in Tomorrow, Gong Hyo-jin eyed for space drama, Netflix cues romantic comedy Love Battle


The last few weeks have brought with them a flurry of casting announcements, including a Netflix romantic comedy, a big-budget space drama, a competitive home shopping host drama, and plenty more to look forward to.

Below are the ones worth noting.

Minamdang

Doom at Your Service star Seo In-gook and Oh Yeon-seo of the My Sassy Girl drama are teaming up for the KBS2 series Minamdang, based on the 2018 novel Minamdang: Case Note.

Seo is on board as former criminal profiler Nam Han-joon, who now runs scams as a fortune teller, while Oh will play detective Han Jae-hee.

This mystery-comedy will unfold as these two characters meet through a case. The show is expected to air in the first half of next year.

Superior Day

OCN is adapting the webcomic Superior Day into a series of the same name with a cast including Jin Goo (Descendants of the Sun), Ha Do-kwon (The Penthouse) and Lee Won-geun (One the Woman).

Jin will play Lee Ho-cheol, a father and firefighter whose daughter is kidnapped and who then receives an order to kill his neighbour within 24 hours.

Lee will feature as that neighbour, Kwon Shi-woo, a kind-looking man who is actually a serial killer. Ha plays the man after the serial killer, Bae Tae-jin.

Tomorrow

Currently on screens in The King’s Affection, SF9 boy band member Rowoon has already settled on his next project, the MBC drama Tomorrow, which will also feature Kim Hee-seon (Alice).

Ro Woon in a still from The King’s Affection. PHOTO: South China Morning Post 

Ro leads the cast as the young jobseeker Choi Joon-woong, who struggles to land a good position despite his education at prestigious schools, his wealthy parents and perfect appearance.

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Owing to a mistake caused by a pair of grim reapers from a crisis management team, one day he falls into a coma.

Kim plays Gu Ryun, the leader of this team, which is then forced to welcome Joon-woong as a new member. The show will be helmed by film director Kim Tae-yoon (New Trial).

Love Battle

Netflix is cueing up Love Battle, a new romantic comedy featuring The Villainess actress Kim Ok-bin alongside rising star Yoo Teo (The School Nurse Files) in his first major leading role.

Kim Ok-bin plays a master assassin in the film The Villainess. PHOTO: South China Morning Post 

Kim will portray rookie entertainment lawyer Yeo Mi-ran, who is highly competitive and has no interest in romantic relationships.

Meanwhile, Yoo is on board as Nam Gang-ho, Korea’s top star and a beloved romantic leading man although in actuality he doesn’t trust women.

These polar opposites soon tussle in their own “love battle”. The show will be directed by Kim Jeong-kwon, director of the classic timeslip melodrama Ditto.

Ask the Stars

When the Camellia Blooms star Gong Hyo-jin is reaching for the stars. The actress has been offered, and is positively considering, the leading role in Ask the Stars, a new space drama with a reported 40 billion won (S$45.8 million) budget.

Should she accept the role, she would reteam with Seo Sook-hyang, who scripted her earlier hits Pasta and Jealousy Incarnate.

The show is being described as a romantic comedy set on a space station.

In Korea space-themed narratives are a still a novelty; Space Sweepers launched the trend this year and in December Netflix will stream The Silent Sea, set on the moon. No broadcaster has been set for Ask the Stars.

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Red Single Heart

Lee Joon, a former member of boy band MBLAQ, will play King Lee Tae in the upcoming KBS2 period drama Red Single Heart.

Kang Han-na in a still from My Roommate Is a Gumiho. PHOTO: South China Morning Post 

Playing the influential court figure Park Gye-won, who helped the king depose his father and ascend to the throne will be Jang Hyuk, while Kang Han-na will feature as his love interest Yoo Jung, a daughter of a noble family that becomes involved in a palace power struggle.

Lee and Jang co-starred in IRIS 2, while Kang was recently seen in My Roommate Is a Gumiho.

Kill Heel

Kim Ha-neul is returning to the small screen in new tvN drama Kill Heel. She will play Woo-hyun in the show, which is set in the competitive world of home shopping network hosts.

Woo-hyun is a shopping host with an unremarkable track record and a decent personal life, but pressure from work is causing her anxiety, as are her unresolved feelings stemming from a past trauma.

The show will be co-written by Shin Kwang-ho, one of the writers on the acclaimed romantic comedy Petty Romance.

Military Prosecutor Doberman

Following My Name and Yumi’s Cells, Ahn Bo-hyun will next tackle Military Prosecutor Doberman, a series in which he plays the titular character Do Bae-man, who became a military prosecutor to make money.

Ahn Bo-hyun in a still from My Name. PHOTO: South China Morning Post 

Co-starring is Jo Bo-ah (Tale of the Nine Tailed) as Cha Woo-in, a rookie prosecutor who joins the service in a quest for revenge. The pair begin working together.

The series will be directed by Jin Chang-gyu (Chip In) and written by Yoon Hyun-ho (Lawless Lawyer).

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This article was first published in South China Morning Post.



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