This is supremely good news and a boon for drama lovers everywhere if the casting is indeed confirmed. Ji Hyun Woo is coming out of the army in mere days and KBS clearly knows a good thing (man) when they see one because they’ve extended an offer for him to star in its upcoming Mon-Tues drama Trot Lovers. This isn’t news as it was reported two days ago, and its even older news that the role was first offered to Eric who did mull over returning to television after the spectacular crash and burn of Spy Myung Wol three years ago but ended up passing on it. What makes casting for this drama extra juicy now is hearing that IU is being courted to be the leading lady. This potential pairing extra special in that both Ji Hyun Woo and IU are musicians in addition to being actors so at least the audience can expect real singing to along with acting the parts.
Both are known to equally balance both parts of their talented careers and it’s going to come in handy in a drama like Trot Lovers about developing musical talent in the music industry. Ji Hyun Woo’s leading man is described as a genius songwriter and top musician in his field of modern music who can’t even be bothered with niche and old-school tunes like Korean trot. In comes the leading lady who is strangely obsessed with trot and aspires to become a famous trot singer. He becomes her mentor after her passion rekindles his own love of music and he ends up guiding her career and changing his view of trot music. Of course they fall in love along the way, how can they not fall in love when there is bound to be late night recording and brainstorming sessions. Trot Lovers is slated to follow Big Man so expect casting to firm up next week as the drama moves right into filming.
It’s no question KBS loves IU having cast her in all her dramas from Dream High to You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin to Pretty Boy. Her acting has also improved leaps and bounds and I was pretty impressed with how well she transformed into her sweetly obsessed character in Pretty Boy. The media is all over IU’s potential casting also because she’s good friends in real life with Yoo In Na (they even played sisters in The Best Lee Soon Shin), and we all know Yoo In Na is dating Ji Hyun Woo. This is like Go Ara acting as Lee Seung Gi‘s love interest in You’re All Surrounded when she’s friends with Yoona in real life and Yoona is also Seung Gi’s girlfriend.