We finally have some casting news on the upcoming tvN drama Bride of the Water God 2017. The lead role has been offered to Nam Joo Hyuk (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo). The manhwa Bride of the Water God tells the fantasy story of a village suffering from drought who offers young women as sacrifices to a water god. One of the sacrifices eventually becomes his bride.
The drama version will not be a remake but more of a spinoff. It will move the setting into modern day Seoul while keeping the original characters from the story. The writer penned Misaeng and Arang and the Magistrate while the PD did Nine: Nine Time Travels and Queen In Hyun’s Man. So we have very solid production team already in place for the drama.
I haven’t read the manhwa, but I must say I am still disappointed that the drama will not be a historical. The artwork for the manhwa is so gorgeous, and I could already picture the beautiful costumes and sets. But doing it as a historical would have been very costly. I’m assuming this is a big factor in deciding to do it as a modern drama.
Nam Joo Hyuk has been offered the role of the water god. I’m really enjoying Nam Joo Hyuk in his current drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. I also really enjoyed him in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Goryeo.
This does sound like a pretty heavy role though. So I don’t really know what to expect. I had long been crossing my fingers that someone like Lee Joon Gi could fill a role like this even in the modern setting (but wouldn’t it have been amazing if he could play the water god in a historical version?!). But I am very on board with this drama, and I’ll be anxiously awaiting official confirmation news.
Bride of the Water God 2017 is looking to air on tvN sometime in 2017.
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