The cast of the sprawling weekend K-drama Hotel King held its first script reading recently and MBC released the stills to the masses dying for the reunion drama between Lee Da Hae and Lee Dong Wook. Let’s not kid ourselves, this thing has nary an interesting thing going for it aside from the My Girl OTP having another go at it. If the two Lees don’t float your boat, there are a bunch of other stars in this cast that you might have a shining for. Im Seulong of 2AM has signed on as the second male lead, which was exactly his role in his last drama The Fugitive of Joseon which also co-starred Lee Dong Wook. Here he plays a fellow hotelier in the same hotel managed by Lee Dong Wook and owned by Lee Da Hae’s dad. Wang Ji Hye tackles the rival second female lead role she’s done so many time before as she plays Lee Dong Wook’s ex-girlfriend and current hotel restaurant manager. Gong Hyun Joo is a highly educated everything done perfectly hotel supervisor and she’s paired up with Alex an overseas returning hotel director.
A few more idols round out the cast of hotel employees including VIXX leader N and AOA member Seolhyun, along with young relatively newbie actors Go Yoon and Ji Il Joo. Holding down the fort as the elders working at the hotel are Lee Deok Hwa and Kim Hae Sook, and I love these two so much so it’s great to have them onboard as well to add the veteran sizzle. Hotel King premieres the last week of March taking over the time slot of Golden Rainbow, which has turned out to be a disappointment ratings wise despite its supremely makjang ingredients. Directing Hotel King will be the PD behind Just Like Today and Life is Good while the screenwriter did Feast of the Gods and Golden Fish. These script reading stills look fine, nothing to write home about, other than it’s undeniable that Lee Da Hae’s series of facial tweaks over the years since My Girl has resulted in her looking almost like a different person especially next to Lee Dong Wook who just seems more grizzled and smexier. I do like her a lot and am looking forward to this high profile reunion, but it’s a shame the cheeky girl from My Girl is long gone.