Park Seo Joon Explains Why He Chose To Join The Cast Of “Itaewon Class” + New Stills Released
Based on the webtoon of the same name, “Itaewon Class” is a new drama about young people brought together by their stubbornness, passion, and youthful bravado. Within the narrow streets of Itaewon, they begin their own fledgling revolt against an unreasonable society as they chase after their dreams and the freedom to live according to their own unique perspectives.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated things about “Itaewon Class” is its lead star Park Seo Joon, who is returning for his first drama in over a year and a half. He is slated to play the role of Park Sae Roy, a passionate entrepreneur who is uncompromising in his convictions. He has an unquenchable anger with which he hits the streets of Itaewon to go up against the corporate food conglomerate, Jan Ga.
The new stills released by JTBC seem to show off the many different sides of Park Sae Roy well. In the first still, Park Sae Roy stands with a smirk among a crowd of people seemingly dressed up for Halloween or a movie shooting. The second still shows Park Sae Roy laying down in the grass, giving the scene a carefree vibe. In the last still, Park Sae Roy stares worriedly into the distance in front of what appears to be his own restaurant.
When asked about what made him decide to join the cast of “Itaewon Class,” Park Seo Joon said that it was his character’s charm that drew him in. “Park Sae Roy was the biggest reason I decided to join the cast. He works really hard to protect his convictions, which is really charming. He’s got a much different charm than any other character I’ve played yet, so through this role I’ll be able to show yet another side of myself.”
He added, “I think people will be able to feel a sort of catharsis when they watch this drama, in seeing someone live their life completely unbending to anyone else’s will. I’ll strive to make sure that the heart-rending emotion and hilarious humor is conveyed well.”
“Itaewon Class” is directed by Kim Sung Yoon, and based off of the original work by Jo Gwang Jin. It will air its first episode on January 31 at 10:50 p.m. KST after “Chocolate.”