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'Reply 1988' Finalizes Its Cast

BY Julie Jones | May 18, 2015 08:44 AM EDT


"Reply 1994" and "Reply 1997" were such popular dramas that appearing in them served to boost the careers of the dramas' stars. So, whose career will benefit from the sequel?

On May 18 tVN released a list of the cast members for "Reply 1988." According to tvN, the cast will include Girl's Day's Lee Hyeri, Ryu Hye Young, Go Kyung Pyo, Park Bo Gum, Ahn Jae Hong, Ryu Jun Yeol, Lee Dong Hwi and Choi Sung Won. Sung Dong Il and Lee Il Hwa, who played the parents in both previous "Reply" dramas will return for a third time.

Lee Hyeri has six drama roles to her credit, although two of them were cameos. She recently played a leading role in the controversial "Seonam Girls High School Investigators" and played Min Woo Jung in "Hyde, Jekyll and Me."

Ryu Jun Yeol played a member of Kim Jae Joong's intelligence team in the drama "Spy" and also appeared in the film "Socialphobia."  Go Kyung Po can be seen in two films this year, "Coin Locker Girl," which has earned critical praise, and "Casa Amor." His last drama was "Cantabile Tomorrow" with Joo Won. Park Bo Gum also appeared in "Coin Locker Girl," as well as "The Admiral: Roaring Currents." And he also had a role in "Tomorrow Cantabile."

Ahn Jae Hong appeared in the films "Twenty," "C'est Si Bon" and "Tazza: The Hidden Card." Ryu Jun Yeol also appeared in the film "Socialphobia," as well as the film "Glory Day."

The first "Reply" story was set in 1997 and focused on six university students. The story traveled back and forth between 1997 and 2012, when two of the friends were set to marry.  The drama starred Jung Eun Ji, Seo In Guk and Infinite's Hoya.

The second was set in 1994, with the plot traveling between that year and 2013. It also focused on university students and a marriage. "Reply 1994" starred Go Ara, Jung Woo and Yoo Yeon Suk.

Reply 1988" will not be exactly like the other dramas. According to producer Shin Won Ho, the story will not focus on first love but on five families who live in the same neighborhood in 1988. A previous MBC program "Three Families Under One Roof," which ran from 1986 to 1994, inspired the new drama.

"Reply 1988 will be a family drama set in the backdrop of 1988," said Shin.

Lee Woo Jung, who wrote the previous "Reply" dramas, is also the writer for "Reply 1988." Will the plot of the new installment work without a wedding? What do you think?

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