The world of K-Dramas always brings something unique to the table, and the latest addition, Lovely Runner is no exception. Adapted from the web novel The Best of Tomorrow, this drama intertwines the themes of time travel and deep fan-idol connections in a story that is both heart-wrenching and heartwarming.
At the center of this narrative is Im Sol, played by Kim Hye Yoon. After a childhood accident forces her to give up her dreams, she finds solace in the music of Ryu Sun Jae, a top-tier K-Pop idol known for his impressive talents, handsome visuals, and charismatic personality.
Ryu, portrayed by Byun Woo Seok, is a beloved star — but behind his success lies deep-seated unhappiness that leads him down a path of despair.
Im Sol’s journey takes a surreal turn when she is mysteriously transported 15 years into the past. She finds herself in the high school days of Ryu Sun Jae and faces the overwhelming task of preventing his future suicide. This twist gives the drama its emotional core, as Im Sol navigates the complexities of changing the past while grappling with her own feelings of admiration and responsibility towards Ryu.
The drama’s cast is further enriched by real-life K-Pop idols N.Flying‘s Lee Seung Hyub and OMEGA X’s Hyuk. Lee plays Baek In Hyuk, the leader of Sun Jae’s boy group “ECLIPSE.” Meanwhile, Hyuk portrays Jay, the band’s youngest member. Their roles add layers to the story, offering perspectives on the music industry and the pressures that come with fame.
Penned by Lee Si Eun, known for her work on True Beauty and Top Star U-Back, the script of Lovely Runner promises to deliver a compelling mix of romance, drama, and suspense. The show is set to air as tvN’s Monday-Tuesday drama in 2024, and it’s already generating buzz for its unique plot and strong cast.
Lovely Runner is more than just a tale of fan devotion. It’s a story that explores the impact of fame on mental health, the power of human connection, and the courage to confront the past to change someone’s future. It’s a drama that promises to take viewers on an emotional rollercoaster, full of ups and downs, as they root for Im Sol in her quest to save her idol. As the premiere approaches, this drama is shaping up to be a must-watch for K-Drama enthusiasts and anyone who loves a story of hope and resilience.