Upcoming series Disqualified From Being Human has cast rising actor Ryu Jun-yeol for a lead role, opposite critically acclaimed actress Jeon Do-yeon. Both actors are reportedly reviewing and positively considering their offers.
Disqualified From Being Human (literal title) will tell the stories of ordinary people who have been treading along a downward path but soon decide to pick themselves up and brave through the harsh realities of failure. It will center on a woman who lost her passion and sense of self-worth after not accomplishing anything in her 40 years of existence and a 27-year-old man who is trapped inside his own insecurities and fears of becoming a nobody.
Though specific details on his character in the drama remain under wraps, the recent reports and announcement from his agency C-JeS Entertainment entail that Ryu Jun-yeol has been given the offer to portray the young male protagonist and will act alongside The Good Wife star Jeon Do-yeon, should they both officially confirm their appearance.
Following his cameo in The Producers (2015), Ryu went on to play his first small-screen starring role in the multi-awarded friendship series Reply 1988 (2015–2016), which earned him an international audience and the distinction for Best New Actor at the 52nd Baeksang Arts Awards. He then landed another lead role in the workplace rom-com series Lucky Romance in 2016. Just like his next leading lady, Ryu is set to potentially conclude a four-year break and make his television comeback in the new project.
Due to its unique and interesting plotline, the drama has been receiving great attention from people within the field of TV entertainment. According to one source, “The industry is very interested in who will portray the male protagonist and is delighted [that] Ryu Jun-yeol has finally been cast.” The excitement has now shifted to how the two likely leads will successfully display their onscreen chemistry and capture the deepest qualities of their characters.
Disqualified From Being Human will serve as an introductory drama participation for both screenwriter Kim Ji-hye (Architecture 101, Hope) and director Heo Jin-ho (Forbidden Dream, The Present). It is currently open for partnership discussions with cable channels and digital media streaming platforms.
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