Many fans were given a shock a couple of days ago when a Chinese site announced that Ji Chang Wook was cast in a Chinese web drama titled “Good Night, Teacher”. Many fans voiced strong disapproval against this, and looks like many can rest assured for now because he has not accepted the offer, at least for the time being.
“Good Night, Teacher (老师晚上好)” will be a web drama produced by Chinese video streaming site iQiyi (爱奇艺). It is a joint Chinese-Korean production helmed by Korean director Han Seung Hwan, and the drama will be a romantic comedy set in school. Filming is expected to start on 10 April in Shenzhen, China, and the drama is expected to air from July till September.
On 2 March, iQiyi had initially announced that Ji Chang Wook has been cast as the male lead and will act alongside 17-year-old Chinese actress Guan Xiao Tong (关晓彤). According to the synopsis (which has several versions with slight differences since the show is still in the pre-production stage), Ji Chang Wook was offered the role of Zhou Yu Teng (周宇腾), age 30, a mathematics teacher who is a cold city guy. He puts on a cold front to protect himself from being deceived or hurt by others. He also tends to stick to principles and is rather conservative. He is unable to forget his first love who had gone overseas to study, and is flustered when the female lead, Lin Xia, starts to pursue him. He is then thrown into a dilemma when his first love returns and he gets caught between the two women.
Chinese actress Guan Xiao Tong (关晓彤) is expected to play the female lead, Lin Xia (林夏). Her character is a 17-year-old high schooler, a bright, eccentric and lively girl and also a troublemaker who has a short attention span, resulting in poor grades, especially in maths. But she excels in swimming and has won numerous awards. After she meets Zhou Yu Teng, who is good friends with her brother, she starts to change into a proper lady.
After a lot of confusion among fans about whether his next project will be a Chinese drama, Glorious Entertainment finally gave an official response through Bridge Kyungjae News on 4 March, saying, “It is true that he has received an offer but discussion is still ongoing.”
In an interview with the newspaper, Glorious Entertainment drew a line with regards to Ji Chang Wook’s next project being confirmed, “It is true that he has received offers from various parties, and one of them is from the producers of a Chinese drama. But there have been no concrete discussions regarding this, and neither has he given a definite confirmation that he will do it.”
Ji Chang Wook had also said in an interview with another media outlet, “I have received an offer from China. If I really go to China, it is not easy for me to decide what I can show as an actor even if I go there. Having activities in China is a very happy thing for an actor,” showing that he’s enthusiastic but cautious at the same time.
According to the news article, fans who heard rumours that his next project would be a Chinese drama said, “It is a good thing to broaden his range of activities, but it is a pity that we will not get to hear his actual voice because of the dubbing.”
Based on the discussion we’ve seen among his Chinese and Korean fans, the majority are not in favour of him starring in this drama. We here at The Kitchen would also prefer him to work on a quality Korean production for now. Although it is not true that he has accepted this drama, he has not flatly rejected it either, but we hope and believe that he will make a wise choice, and we will continue to support him whatever his decision.
Some of you may have wondered why our site remained silent on this issue for so long. It is simply because we did not want to post unverified rumours that can potentially cause unnecessary confusion and worry, as we have witnessed. There have been many rumours circulating, of which some may turn out to be true or utterly wrong. But at the end of the day, the rule of the game is to only trust information from Glorious, and also to trust in Ji Chang Wook’s judgement.