Aw bummer, I guess this means that Choi Woo-shik (Ho-gu’s Love) is out of the running to play Eric in the tvN Entourage remake, because now Park Jung-min (You’re All Surrounded) is up for the role. I wasn’t surprised when Im Shi-wan turned it down, but now that they’re courting Park Jung-min for the same character, I can’t help but wonder if he won’t be the lead anymore.
I really like Park Jung-min, who debuted in the indie film Bleak Night opposite Lee Je-hoon and was achingly raw and intense, and later turned out a comical performance in the SBS drama You’re All Surrounded. He’s a versatile actor who’s been doing supporting roles until now (and had a cameo in Answer Me 1988 as Bora’s assy boyfriend); Entourage would be his first leading role.
His casting does make me think that the focus of the remake will shift to Vince (the movie star) over Eric (his best friend and manager) though, which in my opinion would be a bad move for the show. It’s an ensemble drama for sure, but you kind of need Eric to be the sane voice of reason, and the guy the audience relates to. Seo Kang-joon (Cheese in the Trap) will likely sign on to play the Vince character, and opposite Im Shi-wan or Choi Woo-shik, I would’ve said he was the secondary character, but now I’m not so sure.
Entourage is a drama about an actor and his entourage of buddies navigating their way through the showbiz industry. Possible co-stars include Lee Kwang-soo (It’s Okay, It’s Love) as Seo Kang-joon’s actor cousin who’s desperate to be more famous (Johnny Drama), Lee Dong-hwi (Answer Me 1988) as the group’s driver and gofer boy (Turtle), and Jo Jin-woong (Signal) as Seo Kang-joon’s high-powered agent (Ari).
I’m sad about Choi Woo-shik, but I’m also skeptical that an Entourage remake will successfully capture the feeling of the original anyway, so maybe my expectations were low to begin with and I’ll be fine with Choi Woo-shik picking something else to return in. And who knows, this could be the breakout role for Park Jung-min, who’s certainly due for some recognition.
Entourage is planning to air this summer on tvN.