Won Jin-ah will be Ji Chang-wook‘s leading lady in the upcoming romantic comedy Melting Me Softly, cable network tvN confirmed on June 18.
Melting Me Softly (also known as Melt Me) is a sci-fi rom-com that centers on a man and a woman who fall victim to a mysterious scheme while participating in a scientific experiment. Ji Chang-wook (Suspicious Partner) was confirmed in April to have taken on the role of Ma Dong-chan, a variety program director who has produced many successful shows. In an effort to succeed again in his latest show called “Frozen Human Project,” he makes a bold move to become involved in a strange experiment in which people would be frozen for 24 hours.
Won Jin-ah, meanwhile, signed up for the role of a part-time employee at the broadcasting station where Ma Dong-chan works. She receives an offer to participate in the said show and be frozen for 24 hours, for which she will be paid 5 million won or approximately US$4,200. She and Ma Dong-chan proceed to take part in the experiment thinking everything would go all right. However, they wake up 20 years, not 24 hours, later for some reason.
Melting Me Softly‘s story will focus on the events that transpire 20 years after the experiment, during which the main characters suffer from a dangerous side effect from being frozen for two decades. They must maintain their body temperature at 31.5 degrees Celsius (88.7 degrees Fahrenheit) to survive in their new environment.
Won Jin-ah made her TV acting debut in the 2017 melodrama Just Between Lovers where she portrayed the female lead role opposite Lee Jun-ho. She then starred in the 2018 medical drama Life alongside Lee Dong-wook and now she is about to play her third leading role in a drama through Melting Me Softly. The young actress, along with Kim Rae-won, is currently busy promoting her film Long Live The King which will be released in South Korea on June 19.
Written by Baek Mi-kyung of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon and Woman of Dignity and directed by Shin Woo-chul of Where Stars Land and Secret Garden, Melting Me Softly is scheduled to premiere in the second half of 2019 (most probably in late September or early October).