Oh this is a cute pairing. Joo-won (Good Doctor) now officially has a leading lady for his new high school romance movie Fashion King. School 2013 and Faith’s Park Se-young has signed on to play the heroine, which also means that Wonder Girls’ Sohee has bowed out after being rumored to be cast in the role, much to my relief. I love Joo-won, but I wasn’t about to suffer through that. Park Se-young makes me much more excited for the potential high school love connection.
Fashion King the movie (not the drama, thank goodness) is a manhwa adaptation from director Oh Ki-hwan of Art of Seduction. It stars Joo-won as a regular high school kid who falls for the prettiest girl in school and decides to transform himself into the coolest best-dressed guy ever just to get her attention. It’s not a very deep plot, but I adore that it’s the boy who undergoes the ugly duckling transformation in this story.
Park Se-young plays the pretty girl Joo-won falls head over heels for, and idol Sulli (To the Beautiful You) plays the girl he doesn’t notice, who harbors a one-sided crush on the hero. His rival will be the school jjang, played by Ahn Jae-hyun, who’s currently playing Jeon Ji-hyun’s emo little brother in You From Another Star. And Kim Sung-oh (When A Man Loves) is the fashion guru who introduces the hero to the world of fashion. Not that we don’t already know what the hot version of Joo-won looks like, but it still seems worth watching the makeover unfold before our eyes in all its high-teen backlit glory. I sincerely hope there’s a runway sequence.
Fashion King starts shooting this month for a release later this year.