Updated March 1 KST:
The upcoming JTBC drama “18 Again” has added new cast members!
Lee Ki Woo’s agency confirmed that he will be appearing the drama. He will play the character of Choi Il Kwon, a P.E. teacher and basketball coach at Saerim High School.
Kim Yoo Ri is also a new addition to the cast, taking on the role of Ok Hae In, the teacher in charge of 18-year-old Hong Dae Young (who goes by Go Woo Young)’s class. She will be a teacher who genuinely cares for and loves her students, and anticipation is high to see what kind of teacher Kim Yoo Ri will bring to life.
Joining them is Han So Eun, who will take on the role of younger Jung Da Jung (Kim Ha Neul) and portray the character’s childhood and upbringing.
“18 Again” is set to air in the second half of 2020.
Kim Ha Neul, Yoon Sang Hyun, and Lee Do Hyun are confirmed to star in the upcoming JTBC drama “18 Again” (literal title).
Based on the American film “17 Again,” “18 Again” is the story of a husband who returns to his prime days, which was 18 years ago just before his divorce. The drama will be director Ha Byung Hoon’s first drama since KBS 2TV’s “Go Back Couple.”
Kim Ha Neul takes the role of Jung Da Jung, an exemplary working mom. Jung Da Jung is the mother of 18-year-old twin siblings and a rookie announcer who is both professional and warm-hearted. Kim Ha Neul earned praise for her acting skills in dramas such as “The Wind Blows” and “A Gentleman’s Dignity,” so viewers are looking forward to her return to acting.
Yoon Sang Hyun will be playing the 37-year-old Hong Dae Young while Lee Do Hyun will be playing the 18-year-old Hong Dae Young. Hong Dae Young was a basketball genius who swept all the basketball tournaments in high school, but he is only an ordinary man now. However, Hong Dae Young will return to his 18-year-old self and change his name to Go Woo Young for his second shot at life.
Although both Yoon Sang Hyun and Lee Do Hyun are acting as the same character, they will portray his two different sides. The Hong Dae Young that Yoon Sang Hyun will be playing is dismissed from his job, divorced by his wife, and ignored by his children. Yoon Sang Hyun is an actor who has captivated viewers with his relatable and friendly charms, so the attention as to what kind of acting Yoon Sang Hyun will show in “18 Again” is growing.
On the other hand, Lee Do Hyun will act as the Hong Dae Young who has returned to his prime days and changed his name to Go Woo Young. He will make hearts flutter with his mature charms that contrast with his teenage appearance. Lee Do Hyun rose to popularity with his role in “Hotel Del Luna,” and expectations are high on how he will pull off his new character.
The production crew commented, “Kim Ha Neul, Yoon Sang Hyun, and Lee Do Hyun have been selected as the main cast. We expect them to create a strong synergy effect with their strong acting skills, abilities to bring their characters to life, and unique charms. We will make sure to showcase a drama that can bring laughter, emotion, and comfort to viewers in the second half of this year. Please look forward to it.”
Golden Child‘s Bomin was also confirmed to star in the drama as Serim High School’s model student Seo Ji Ho.
“18 Again” will premiere in the second half of 2020.