The upcoming Korean remake of the popular TW-drama Fated to Love You is going to live and die by the chemistry of the leads. A lot of viewers already know the story from watching the original or hearing about it so the narrative won’t be hook enough to lure audience to keep watching. Plus even if someone is newbie to this story, I can safely say it’s nothing to write home about. The male lead on his best day can be described as trying to grow up from his arrogant self-absorption, while at his worst is just a jackass through and through. Ethan Ruan made him mildly palatable at his worst so I could stick with him long enough for the much too late redemption arc to arrive. Will Jang Hyuk pull it off? I have complete faith he can, and look handsome to boot doing it as well as seen in these latest drama stills. Jang Nara is adorable in character while Hyukkie is rocking that front bang like he was born with it. The royal blue suit also look mighty snappy and charming on him. While the original drama didn’t manage to pair up the second leads or other such fanservice, I already am happier with the casting of Choi Jin Hyuk and Wang Ji Won over the original stars Baron Chen and Bianca Bai. Those two were gorgeous but oh so flat. There is a also first peek at Wang Ji Won practicing for her role as the ballerina girlfriend and MBC couldn’t have picked a better actress for that role. Wang Ji Won graduated with a Bachelor of Dance from Korea National University of Arts and then was trained as a ballerina at England’s The Royal Ballet School. When you see the pics below of her dancing, it’s the real deal and so utterly beautiful in showcasing the female form.
The leading female role in FTLY is a classic doormat and even acknowledged as such within the drama where everyone calls her post-it girl because leaving her a task on a post-it and she’ll do it. She needed to grow a backbone and self-confidence and when it finally arrived the leading man also needed to grovel first in order to get her back. Suffice to say neither are characters that linger after the heady rush of this cracky drama was over, but with the K-remake comes a chance to freshen up the character traits and add a bit more maturity to the proceedings which was sorely lacking. While it’s impossible to say whether the Jangs chemistry over a decade ago in Successful Story of a Bright Girl is still there and will shine brightly in this particular story, but a little bit of faith is warranted that this pairing could be one of the better mature rom-com couples in recent memory.