Does Park Hae Jin ever rest? Apparently the answer is no as he’s now in talks to star in the drama adaptation of the fan favorite Korean webtoon Cheese in the Trap. He’s been offered the role of leading man Yoo Jung, by all accounts a beyond gushworthy romantic male lead character that has all the readers going ga-ga. The drama is being produced by the company that did OCN‘s God’s Quiz but it’s not clear yet which network Cheese in the Trap will be airing on or when it’s airing other than sometime in early 2015.
The story revolves around the life of a college student Hong Sul and her life on campus including run-ins with seemingly perfect sunbae Yoo Jung and good friend In Ho. It’s basically classic shoujo manga love triangle set in college and this particular webtoon is very popular and well-reviewed despite its less than original storyboard. The production explained that Park Hae Jin was offered the role because both the author and fans of the webtoon felt that he was the best choice to play Yoo Jung.
As seen from just a few of the fanmade casting compilations above, readers of the webtoon have been fan-casting Cheese in the Trap for years now. I love Park Hae Jin, and other than hoping he doesn’t collapse from doing three back-to-back dramas this year alone, I do think he may be a tad old to play a college senior. On the upside, the K-drama adaptations of manhwas (Korean comic books) and webtoons have fared a lot better than drama adaptations of mangas (Japanese comic books). I loved both the K-drama versions of Tamra the Island and Flower Boy Next Door. I’m definitely keeping my eye on this one whether or not Park Hae Jin is cast, and if he does join I hope the leading lady is someone I like. Jung So Min would be great! She’s got this manga female lead expressive face as shown in Playful Kiss.