Come and take a piping hot first look at Jang Geun Seok and IU in the upcoming Pretty Man. The title was at times translated as Beautiful Man or Pretty Guy, but KBS is sticking with Pretty Man. This drama airs on Wed-Thurs after Secret on KBS, so if the ratings rankings currently hold, PM will have a nice cushion in when it premieres since Secret has been enjoying a nice ratings lead over Heirs, though the gap shrunk a nice jump this past Thursday. IU’s casting was just confirmed last week, though y’all heard me say for weeks she was going to do it, despite just releasing a new album and having concerts scheduled for November. I’m not speculating as to her role in this drama, but I’m guessing based on the title alone that the story will be focused on Jang Geun Seok’s character Dokko Ma Te, so perhaps IU will be able to toggle her music career and filming this drama for the next 3 months. Let’s hope so because so far her character sounds way more relatable, an ordinary girl who unfortunately has a long standing crush on the “most beautiful man” played by Jang Geun Seok. I think all the tittering aside that he’s not good looking enough these days to play this character, but the first look at the two leads at the poster shoot proves yet again that when Jang Geun Seok sheds his real life persona and steps into character, he’s always compelling to look at. It’s ironic that he isn’t cutting his hair for this role, despite the manhwa character having short hair, whereas IU did cut her long locks for this drama but her manhwa character had long hair that she wore in two buns. The poster shoot shows that two leads in the typical rom-com-is interactions – she’s perched over his shoulder, he has her slung over his, they both look cute and perky. I’m not into how cutesy the PD is directing IU to act in some of her shots, I get she’s an earnest girl but the gestures are a tad excessive. All in all, this doesn’t look bad right off the bat, so I’ll keep training a wary eye on the production and see if my interest grows as more material is released.