Rookie actor + everyone's favorite Hotel Del Luna *firefly* Lee Do Hyun will be starring in his first-ever drama, 18 Again! What makes things more exciting is that according to Soompi, the show will be a Korean adaptation of Zac Efron's hit movie, 17 Again.
The 2009 film told the story of Mike (Zac), a high school basketball player and heartthrob who was ~destined for greatness~. However, two decades later, Mike has a dead-end job, he's getting divorced, and he doesn't have a good relationship with his two kids. When Mike is suddenly transformed back into his 17-year-old self, he's given the chance to correct his mistakes.
What do we know about the remake's plot?
18 Again will be directed by Ha Byung Hoon. He previously worked on Go Back Couple (2017), a drama about a couple who find themselves transported back to their university days. Do Hyun is set to play young Hong Dae Young, who starts going by the name Go Woo Young when he finds himself as an 18-year-old again. He starts pursuing his childhood dream to become a basketball player! Like the OG movie, Hong Dae Young is also on the brink of divorce.
Who else is in the cast?
In the remake, the older version of Hong Dae Young will be played by veteran actor Yoon Sang Hyun (Matthew Perry in the American film). The show also stars Kim Ha Neul as Hong Dae Young's wife and young actors Ryeoun and Noh Jung Eui as their kids.
When will it be released?
Based on JTBC's Instagram announcement, 18 Again will start airing in September! Soompi reports that the series' director Ha Byung Hoon praised Do Hyun's performance, saying:
"Lee Do Hyun is a young actor that's capable of acting in everything from romances to comedies. In the drama, Lee Do Hyun is playing a character that has both an innocent, upstanding 18-year-old and a 37-year-old man inside. In order to best portray the character, Lee Do Hyun is showing a lot of passion and constantly researching and discussing the character."
In 2019, Do Hyun played the role of Chung Myung in Hotel Del Luna. Chung Myung is leading lady Man Wol's (IU) first love, and the reason why she still hasn't left the human world. ***Spoiler Alert*** In later episodes of the drama, it is revealed that Chung Myung never left her side and has remained as a firefly for hundreds of years!
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