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Seo In Guk In A New Noona Romance

BY Julie Jones | Apr 15, 2014 02:16 PM EDT


Seo In Guk had a busy year and he has already chosen his next project, a noona romance about a high school student pretending to be an executive.

In the past year he played the second lead, head security agent Kang Woo in the popular drama "The Master's Sun." After giving So Ji Sub some competition for Gong Hyo Jin's attentions, he followed that successful comedy with "No Breathing," a film about competitive swimmers.

He played a role in the miniseries "Another Parting," which premiered in February, and was cast as a gangster in the 2014 action film "Wild Dog."

Now he has chosen his next project, "High School King," a tvN drama that will take him back to high school. It will be his first tvN drama since the hit series "Reply 1997." In that series he played the quiet, brooding boy next door.

Since Seo In Guk is 26, "High School King" may be his last chance to convincingly play a high school student. His new romantic comedy is set in Poong Jin High School. His character Lee Min Suk is a popular if somewhat reckless student and a member of the hockey team. Lee Min Suk has all the qualities it takes to be a successful student but then he meets an even bigger challenge.

He has to take the place of his older brother, who is an IT executive. He's confident but does not have a lot of experience in the adult world. Life in the office differs a little from high school. And while he starts out doing a great job of pretending to be equal to the challenge, he runs into some problems relating to his co-workers.

One of his co-workers is Jung Soo Young, a female temp, played by Lee Hana, 31. "High School King" is her first drama role since the 2012 drama  "Chief Inspector Choi Il Joo." That year she also appeared in the film "R2B: Return To Base" and before that she had a role in the film "The Fair Love."

In "High School King" Lee Min Suk and Jung Soo Young begin a noona office romance, but there's no word yet as to whether she will know he is really a high school student when she starts dating him.

Yang Hee Seung and Jo Sung Hee, who worked as writers in the "Hick Kick" series are writing the screenplay. The drama will follow "A Witch's Love" in June.

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