The uber smexy and supremely talented K-actor Cha Seung Won is coming back with a K-drama this year, let’s all rejoice even if it doesn’t arrive until December. Better late than never and his involvement bodes well for the upcoming tvN rom-com that will come from the script writing collaboration of the Hong Sisters. Cha Seung Won revealed last month during his fan meeting that he would be doing a romantic K-drama towards the end of 2017, and I should have put two-and-two together that he may be reuniting with the Hong Sisters for this project after he hit major daebak with Best Love (The Greatest Love) back in 2011. His two drama since then with You’re All Surrounded and Hwajung (Splendid Politics) were duds so it’s with high hopes that this new drama called Hwayugi, a pun on Seoyugi which is the Korean pronunciation of the Chinese novel classic Journey to the West (Xi You Ji). Apparently Cha Seung Won will be playing the Bull Demon King (牛魔王 Niu Muo Wang) and I’m so intrigued I don’t even know what to think.
The classic Chinese novel Journey to the West can and has been utilized as the inspiration for fantastic new tales, a well known such take being Japanese shoujo manga Dragon Ball utilizing many characters but taking everything in unique and original directions. I can see the Hong Sisters have a blast with this much like they did with My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, so please cast a fantastic female lead for Cha Seung Won to make this totally worth my while.