The Jakarta Post
The cast of Thai drama 'F4 Thailand' (from left to right) Win Metawin, Bright Vachirawit, Tu Tontawan, Dew Jirawat and Nani Hirunkit. (gmm-tv.com/File)
Months after announcing a planned remake of the popular Korean drama Boys Over Flowers in October, Thailand-based television production and talent agent GMMTV officially released an almost two-minute teaser of the so-called F4 Thailand on Wednesday.
Loosely based on the Japanese manga, Boys Over Flowers follows a relationship between a strong-willed student Geum Jan-di (Ku Hye-sun) and her school’s four richest boys or F4, namely Gu Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho), Yoon Ji-hoo (Kim Hyun-joong), So Yi-jung (Kim Bum) and Song Woo-bin (Kim Joon). The manga has also been adapted into Taiwan’s Meteor Garden and Japan’s Hana Yori Dango.
F4 Thailand will feature a lineup of up-and-coming Thai actors, namely Bright Vachirawit as Thyme, Win Metawin as Kavin, Dew Jirawat as Ren and Nani Hirunkit as MJ. Meanwhile young actress Tu Tontawan will portray Gorya, the female lead character in the drama.
Bright and Win are famous for their roles in the drama 2gether and its sequel, Still2gether. Dew is known as a model in Thailand.
Slated for release in 2021, the Thai version of Boys Over Flowers is produced by Thai independent creative and production company Parbdee, whose projects include the critically-acclaimed drama The Gifted.
“Thank you GMMTV in trusting us for #F4Thailand,” read a statement on Parbdee’s Twitter. “We will do our best, please stay tuned”.
The announcement has generated mixed comments among fans of Thai dramas. A number of them said they wanted Bright and Win to return as a couple just like in 2gether and Still2gether.
BrightWin is the first bl couple that gave me so much satisfaction and happiness after months of feeling empty and sad and now you are going to break them apart just like that? Call me names but I'm totally disappointed. You are going to waste so much. @GMMTV#F4Thailand pic.twitter.com/RWW3mrt7pq— Sheun Metawin Chivaaree Oh 💚 (@firelight_osh) September 16, 2020
So we will be expecting lesser BrightWin interaction in the upcoming days cause apparently Bright needs to establish and build up his chemistry with the girl in order for the series to be sold in the public. I'm not okay.😭🤚🔫— Aaghyunkn🐰💚☀️ (@aaghyunkn17) September 16, 2020
However the majority of the fans approved of the cast lineup and wished for the show to succeed. (wir/kes)
this will be a hit project i can feel it because parbdee will be the one handling them 😊🙏 parbdee known with their the shipper and the gifted graduation project this year, i have my faith on them https://t.co/dwCer8yfni— *ೃ . 𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐚 ✩ᤲ₊˚ 📌 (@tuawoonwai) September 16, 2020