When I was mulling over Ha Ji Won‘s possible leading man for the K-version of In Time With You, now called The Time I Loved You, 7000 Days, I didn’t include the actual name being floated now only because I thought he was already taken. That, and also not quite the fame level I thought the production would go for, headlining cable or weekend dramas or being the second male lead in prime time dramas is almost there but not quite. Of course Ha Ji Won could end up not confirmed this drama either so whatever my opinion on this could be moot.
With that said, I kinda really like it, that’s the thought that went through my head when news broke that Lee Jin Wook is in talks for the male lead of K-ITWY. He got great reviews for his performance in last year’s The Three Musketeers, but I thought his schedule would be set when his name was discussed for the leading man of upcoming KBS Mon-Tues drama Hello Monster (to follow after Who Are You: School 2015). Looks like Lee Jin Wook is leaning less towards having his own stalker in Jang Nara and instead becoming Ha Ji Won’s lovelorn best friend.
I’m surprised at how okay I am with Lee Jin Wook potentially doing this drama with Ha Ji Won, even if he’s not the first name to pop into my mind. I like him enough but he’s still waiting for his stardom to really cement despite breakout roles in Nine: Nine Times Travel as well as shining in TTM. I don’t think he’s the best actor of his age group but there is something soulful and charming about him I really like.
Compared to original version lead Bolin Chen, I think there’s a gap but it’s not Lee Jin Wook’s fault but more Bolin’s incredible depth and breadth of acting talent. ITWY just tapped into a bit of it but Bolin is really a movie star more than a drama actor. I don’t know the chances of either Lee Jin Wook or Ha Ji Won confirming 7000 Days so don’t count your eggs before they hatch with this latest casting news considering the amount of casting changes going on these days.