Weekly News Update: February 24, 2013 to March 2, 2013


  • Kim Hye-soo and Oh Ji-ho (Third Ward) has confirmed that they’ll headline Please Come Back, Miss Kim; which is now called God of the WorkplaceJung Yumi (I Need Romance 2012) and Lee Hee-jun (Jeon Woo-chi) are lined up to play the second leads, and Jeon Hye-bin (Dowager Queen Insoo) and idol Jo Kwon (All My Love) join the ranks as fellow co-workers. The workplace drama is an adaptation of the Japanese series Haken no Hinkaku (Pride of the Temp), but will be changed a great deal from the original premise. Kim Hye-soo plays the title character, described as an everywoman office worker who’s good at everything. The drama is basically all about the heroine reclaiming her life, and about the contemporary single woman and her work world. Please Come Back, Miss Kim follows Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek and premieres in April on KBS.
  • Lee Yu Bi (Nice Guy ) has been cast to play Lee Seung-gi’s first love and Suzy’s rival for Gu Family Book. She’ll play the daughter of the man who saves the hero Choi Kang-chi (Lee Seung-gi) as a child. Kang-chi gets left on the family’s doorstep as an orphan and Dad takes him in and becomes his benefactor. Lee Yubi will play his first love, a girl who’s beautiful, intelligent, and witty to boot. When they’re young she can be selfish, knowing that Kang-chi likes her, and she uses that to her advantage when it’s convenient. Gu Family Book premieres in April on MBC.
  • Mandate of Heaven adds three new cast members: 1) Song Jong-ho (Answer Me, 1997) plays a skilled detective that investigates serious crimes. 2) Philip Choi (Empress) plays a childhood friend of Lee Dong-wook and a promising physician whose career is on the rise, though a forbidden love tangles up the works. 3) Im Seul-ong (26 Years) plays a prince character, the son of King Jungjong. Mandate of Heaven follows IRIS 2 as a Wednesday-Thursday drama, and premieres in April.


  • Hwang Jung-min (New World) is up for a new role in When A Man Loves is a movie, it is in different format from that of the dramatic pieces. There’s no description attached other than “conventional melo.” Hwang’s movie comes from the producers of his recent dark thriller New World, and is the feature directorial debut of the assistant director on big crime films The Unjust and Nameless Gangster. Hwang has yet to sign contracts but has given a verbal agreement, while the film searches for its female lead. It plans to begin filming in April.
  • Kim Haneul‘s (A Gentleman’s Dignity) next project is entitled The Mood That Day. The plot unfolds over the course of 24 hours as a man and a woman who happened to sit next to each other on the train fall in love in Busan. The movie has actually been in the works for quite some time, and Kim Haneul was set to star in it all the way back in 2006. Now The Mood That Day is being revived by the CEO’s former colleagues, and Kim Haneul is finalizing contract negotiations while the production courts potential leading men.
  • New romantic comedy film, The Night Before the Wedding is being helmed by director Hong Ji-young (Naked Kitchen) and she’s looking to reunite with Joo Ji-hoon (Five Fingers). So far, the casting is still in “considering” stages and his possible co-stars include Lee Jia (Me Too, Flower) and Taecyeon (Dream High). The movie will be about the loves of eight men and women. The Night Before the Wedding plans to start shooting this spring for a release later this year.


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