This news started spreading around on Chinese websites and 2ch forum sometime around last week. It was said that a fan overheard this from a female employee from Johnnys. Some fans are happy about this news however this is still a rumor, on the other hand, some are against Karina being Yamapi's leading lady for a drama.
So here goes the actual rumor/news (Please forgive me if my translation is not that accurate though).
Sohu Entertainment News.(text). Recently, there has been some news spreading around that Johnnys Idol Yamashita Tomohisa will be starring on a Fuji TV drama on July as a powerful and talented designer in the fashion industry, the female lead will be played by Karina, who recently got promoted as "Johnny's Queen Actress". (lol)
A staff/ person-in-charge of production revealed the temporary name of the drama being 《Special Man》: "YamaPi plays the role of a designer who leads the trend on the fashion industry." Karina will play as someone who came from a rich family/ high social ranking family, and is also known as the Queen designer on the fashion industry. Although the April dramas has just aired, below the surface they've already selected the casts for July dramas.
YamaPi and Karina had previously worked/co-starred in YamaPi's Golden Goblet Awarded Movie -- 《Ashita no Joe》(2011). the drama 《Long Love Letter》 (Fuji TV, January 2002), 《Kabachitare》 (Fuji TV, January 2001, Karina's first work as an actress) and more. For YamaPi, Karina is undoubtedly quite an understanding opponent.
This time in their new drama they are originally rivals, but starts to get attracted to each other along the way of their competition The subsequent plot has a very Korean drama-ish plot --- Tragic love story style as they are suspected of being siblings/brothers and sisters: "After confirming each other's love, what awaits them is a cruel truth: Yamapi's (his role) mother who passed away is the lover of Karina's father, which means that they are likely to be siblings."
It is not yet clear as to which time slot Yamapi's new drama would be broadcast. "It is likely to be getsuku, taking over Fukuyama Masaharu and Yoshitaka Yuriko's 《Galileo 2》. If the current exposed story is true, this will undoubtedly become the Japanese version of the drama 《Winter Sonata》. Although this would inevitable attract criticism, but this would certainly turn into a topic."
It is worth mentioning that Karina has the support of many female viewers/audiences, "So Johnny is also fond of using her as his artists' partner/pair ", her previous getsuku drama 《PRICELESS》 with Kimura Takuya is a proof.
Source: Sohu News
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