First script reading for JTBC drama series “18 Again,” starring Kim Ha-Neul & Yoon Sang-Hyun, took place late March, 2020 in South Korea. The first script reading was attended by cast members Kim Ha-Neul, Yoon Sang-Hyun, Lee Do-Hyun, Kim Yoo-Ri, Wi Ha-Joon, Lee Ki-Woo, Kim Gang-Hyun, Lee Mi-Do, Roh Jeong-Eui, Ryeo Un, Choi Bo-Min and Hwang In-Yeop. The drama series is a remake of 2009 U.S. comedy film “17 Again.” For those curious why the drama series has the slightly different title of “18 Again,” it’s because people in South Korea are considered 1-years-old as soon as they are born and they gain a year each New Year’s day.
“18 Again” first airs September, 2020 (slots into JTBC’s Monday & Tuesday 9:30 PM time slot after “The Good Detective.”).
Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki: Jung Da-Jung (Kim Ha-Neul) is married to 37-year-old Hong Dae-Young (Yoon Sang-Hyun). They have have 18-year-old son and daughter. Jung Da-Jung works hard as a rookie announcer and she has a warm heart. She becomes completely fed up with her husband and is unable to deal with him anymore. Hong Dae-Young got fired from his job and he is looked down upon by his family. Jung Da-Jung hands him divorce papers.
Meanwhile, Hong Dae-Young looks at himself as an ordinary jobless middle-aged man. He regrets his life. At that moment, his body changes into that of an 18-year-old year old person, while his mind is still that of his 37-year-old self. Back in his teenage days, Hong Dae-Young (Lee Do-Hyun) was an excellent basketball player and also popular. Now, with his regained 18-year-old body, he changes his name to Ko Woo-Young and begins to live a new life.