Hwang Jung Eum, BTOB’s Yook Sungjae, And More Share Photos From Drama’s First Script Reading

JTBC’s upcoming drama “Mystic Pop-Up Bar” (previously known as “Ssang Gap Pocha”) has released photos from its first script reading!

“Mystic Pop-Up Bar” is based on a popular webtoon of the same name and tells the story of a mysterious pojangmacha (outdoor drinking establishment) run by a prickly woman (played by Hwang Jung Eum) and an innocent part-timer (played by BTOB’s Yook Sungjae) who visit customers in their dreams to help resolve their problems.

The drama wrapped up filming at the end of February and is currently in the middle of post-production. The drama will be 100 percent pre-produced before it goes on air in May.

The first script reading with the cast and crew took place in August 2019 at the JTBC offices in Sangam-dong, Seoul. Director Jeon Chang Geun and writer Ha Yoon Ah were in attendance, along with cast members Hwang Jung Eum, Yook Sungjae, Choi Won Young, Lee Joon Hyuk, and Jung Da Eun.

Hwang Jung Eum plays Wol Joo, the owner of the pojangmacha. Wol Joo doesn’t quite belong to either the world of the living or the world of the dead, which allows her to move between dreams.

Yook Sungjae plays Han Kang Bae, an employee at Gab Eul Mart’s customer service center and a part-timer at the pojangmacha. He has the strange ability to make people confess their secrets when he comes into physical contact with them.

Choi Won Young plays Foreman Gwi, the manager of the pojangmacha who is in charge of Wol Joo’s performance management. He used to be a detective squad chief in the Afterlife Police Department.

Lee Joon Hyuk plays Department Head Yeom, a grim reaper who works as a department head in Hell. Jung Da Eun plays Yeo Rin, a straight-laced security worker at Gab Eul Mart who has never been on a date because an unknown reason makes men run away from her.

A behind-the-scenes video from the script reading shows the cast struggling not to crack up between lines. Each actor brings out the unique traits in their own character and the cast quickly establish a rhythm and chemistry that makes it hard to believe this was their first time meeting each other. Other actors appear briefly as the customers who will bring the pojangmacha to life with their strange stories.

Check out the video below!

“Mystic Pop-Up Bar” premieres on May 20.

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