This is totally one of the best drama OTP castings this year so far. The rumored reunion of Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara in the K-drama remake of the TW-drama Fated to Love You is a go! The confirmation came Thursday morning and is one of those super exciting hot off the press news updates for me. Even hearing of the rumored casting got me all excited, moreso for Jang Hyuk returning to rom-coms as well as fond memories of Jang Nara having great chemistry with him in Successful Story of a Bright Girl. The remake will be called, unsurprisingly, Fated to Love You, which if you ask me was a whizbang title for a rom-com that also had an added benefit of perfectly describing the romance between the OTP. The original TW-drama starred the boyishly handsome Ethan Ruan as a chaebol heir with a ballerina girlfriend he is thisclose to proposing to. In a fated cruise ship escapade involving mistaken identity and some love potion, he ends up in bed in a heated tryst with Chen Qiao En playing a bespectacled ordinary office girl with the nickname post-it girl since she’s the repository of everyone else’s demands and orders she can’t say no to.
Their fated romantic encounter results in a pregnancy which leads to a shotgun wedding, but all along the way the OTP fall in love despite their vast personality and lifestyle differences. Ethan and Qiao En were in their late twenties and played similar aged characters, but both Jangs are in their thirties now so I hope the drama allows them to play their ages and introduce a different dynamic into the remake. The drama will air on MBC Wed-Thurs after A New Leaf with Kim Myung Min and Park Min Young, which is itself just started filming and won’t premiere until the end of April following Sly and Single Again. Directing is the PD from The Queen’s Classroom and Feast of the Gods while there will be a screenwriting duo at the helm, one writer did Soulmates and Hello Francesca while the other wrote Believe in Men and Lobbyist. Eeeps, I’m so so excited, and way more for this remake than for the remake of TW-drama My Queen which is airing in two weeks as Witch’s Romance with Uhm Jung Hwa and Park Seo Joon.