Yoo Ah In, who received much love from viewers through the drama ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal,’ has emerged as a strong candidate for the male lead role in the movie ‘Wandeukee’ [T/N: ‘Wandeuk’ is a name; ‘Wandeukee’ is how you would call out the name], raising anticipations that he may co-star alongside Chungmuro [T/N: Korea’s version of Hollywood] character actor Kim Yoon Seok.
The movie ‘Wandeukee’ is based on an original bestelling novel [of the same name] and tells the coming-of-age story about a nineteen-year-old youth named Wandeuk who comes from a poor family, doesn’t do well in school, and is a rebellious troublemaker who refuses to lose to anyone in a fight. Wandeukee meets an eccentric teacher named ‘Dongju’ who, though originally Wandeuk’s sworn enemy, gradually transforms into a lovable advisor, and as Wandeuk learns kickboxing, he matures and finds both dreams and hope.
Yoo Ah In has emerged as a strong candidate to play the role of poor, rebellious problem child Wandeukee, and Kim Yoon Seok has already been cast to play the role of teacher Dongju, who appears to live just to bother Wandeukee for fun, but actually deeply and genuinely understands Wandeukee.
A representative from ‘Wandeukee’ revealed, “It’s correct that we are in the middle of talks with Yoo Ah In, but nothing has been determined.”
The novel <Wandeukee> received the Young Adults Literature award at the 1st Changbi Awards in 2007. In March 2008, over 700,000 copies were sold, crowning it a bestseller. Afterward, many devoted readers expressed their opinions that it should be adapted into a movie.
Director Lee Han will grab the megaphone to make the movie ‘Wandeukee.’ Lee is known for his movies ‘Love Story’ [연애소설, 2002], ‘Almost Love’ [청춘만화, 2006; ‘Almost Love’ is the English title, but the Korean title translates directly as ‘Youth Cartoon’], and ‘My Love’ [내 사랑, 2007]. After completing casting, the movie will begin shooting in January.
Reported by Cho Kyung Ee
Translated by jaeshinah