It’s a testament as to how far Jang Geun Seok has veered to the fringes of K-ent that news of his impending drama returns garners mostly reservations and disappointment from the general drama watching audience, with only his more devoted fans leading the cheering. I still vividly remember the You’re Beautiful craziness, and the year or so afterwards when everything he did was golden and he was beloved by a wide swath of the audience. No entertainer remains unchanged but his evolution was one tailored for his own whims and I’m not surprised he’s not as well received as he used to be. Doesn’t mean a good role or a good drama can’t win back the fans. Not sure if Pretty Boy is that work, and judging by his character description as a seducer of women he’ll have an uphill battle to win the female audience hearts since bastard playboys aren’t exactly dream leading man material. The first official character stills are out of his character Dokko Ma Te, as well as IU’s female lead Kim Bo Tong. He’s got the sneering and preening down pat as the avowed most beautiful man in the world. She actually looks like a teenaged adorable homeless bag lady, which from the way her character is described as having no fashion sense looks about right, but will make for some hella hilarious outfits. From the BTS of the two leads at the poster shoot, it’s fairly certain they will look good together. Jang Geun Seok is also very good at generating chemistry with his female leads, though IU has yet to shown me real adult romance vibes. This drama is adapted from a manhwa that was a cross between sexy and oddball, but the adaptation will reportedly use the premises but won’t follow the storyline exactly. Pretty Boy premieres in less than a month on KBS Wed-Thurs following Secret. Heirs hasn’t exactly been a ratings smash it could have been so PB has a shot at winning the viewers on its own merits.