Drama Casting & News
Choi Siwon joins Athena
by | June 17, 2010 | 87 Comments

Choi Siwon — he of Super Junior and recent romantic-comedy series Oh My Lady — is joining the cast of IRIS‘s spinoff drama Athena: Goddess of War. Woot woot!

He joins leads Jung Woo-sung and Cha Seung-won, who play elite spies. His character is named Kim Jun-ho, a newbie to the spy agency NTS who starts out as a data analyst and dreams of becoming a spy himself. Therefore, he looks up to his confident and stylish sunbae Jung-woo (played by Jung Woo-sung) as a mentor to emulate. (Oh, I love it already! Please let there be lots of bromance! I love little-bro dynamics and brotherly affection.) In later episodes, he’ll get to go out into the field.

I’m generally not that enthused about idol stars in dramas, but every once in a while you’ll get one who surpasses your expectations. (See: Eric, Min Hyo-rin.) And out of the current crop of idol stars, I think Choi Siwon has got the most promise; he’s not working at his full potential level yet and he could still improve his range of emotional expression, but he’s got tons of screen charisma. Plus, he’s already got one leading role in a drama under his belt, and while Oh My Lady wasn’t terribly challenging for him or for the viewer, it allowed him to show his leading-man charm. On top of that, let’s just say that compared to who was previously rumored to be taking this role, Choi Siwon is a huge step up.

The drama will begin filming any day now and aims for a broadcast later this year. In addition to Jung Woo-sung and Cha Seung-won, its other cast members are Su Ae, Kim Min-jong, and Lee Jia.

Okay, Athena, you’re officially back on my happy list.

Via Asia Economy


87 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Tina

    Whoa! Nice abs!

  2. GreenFreak

    On top of that, let’s just say that compared to who was previously rumored to be taking this role, Choi Siwon is a huge step up.

    LOL. Agree.

  3. djes

    Whoa! this is a good news to wake up to!
    Well but it means no chance to have him in Playful Kiss, but nonetheless it’s good to see him again in drama soon, and………..Jung Woo Sung, Cha Seung Won, and now Siwon? Please do not disappoint us, Athena!

  4. langdon813


    This is great news, thanks JB (for the update and for the smoking hot pic that will be on your main page for a nice long while, just for our viewing/drooling/swooning pleasure)! 😀

  5. cinderella

    Now I’m onboard!!

  6. wlst

    The later quarter of 2010 is going to be SUPER HOT and SIZZLING!!!!

  7. Qwenli

    I like the ensemble, will certainly watch it!

  8. Kelela


    I’m already in because of CSW. Hell, they could tell me CSW would be in the last episode and I would watch the whole thing for it, but now I am in. SO IN for all the episodes.

  9. Jen

    Lol u mean compared to kim hyunjoong from bof, siwon sounds a lot better right ??? And I totally agree. Yea bof was fun but it was the most horrible drama I’ve seen. Terrible editing and dialogue. Siwon still have time to improve on his acting and it seems that many are taking him seriously as an idol/actor. When suju does break up , he has the best possibility to be a great and serious actor.

  10. 10 VYVY

    i dont think his acting is all that good.but have to say Amazing ABS!!!

  11. 11 유진

    as much as i loved siwon i never expected him to be that great of an actor. but i was surprised how well he did in Oh My Lady…yeah it wasn’t the toughest role but i felt his presence on screen and it kinda carried the show honestly. i’m looking foward to seeing him in the drama and see how much he’ll improve his acting. i think he has a lot of potential that VERY few idols have in acting haha

    plus he’s such a cutie hehe :3

  12. 12 Endodo4ever

    Yay! I’d even say that Choi Siwon’s body is also much better than the rumored predecessor. It’s a personal opinion and observation, of course. Don’t hate! 😛

  13. 13 dannaluk

    good news for the drama…bad news for me…nw i might have to watch it…..and my plate is just way tooo full already….o well lets see hw this fares and if all is well after at least 6 eps…i will def tune in…u got the awsome cast, director and all…so u better not disappoint show!

  14. 14 claudia

    Yay! I´m glad, now I might actually watch this…

  15. 15 jeann

    oh fantastic! this is such nice news to wake up to really. :)) and the smoking hot photo of course. good thing i’m sitting at the back so noone behind me can see what on earth i’m drooling over in the middle of class.

    and yes, it’s a HUGEEE step-up from the previously rumoured person to have been casted. *ahem* and can i just say, YES. i want to see some bromance please? 🙂

  16. 16 Cam

    EEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I really really really LOVE to hear about this new for Choi Siwon will able to join into this drama “Athena”. WOOT WOOT WOOT!

    Yay! =)

  17. 17 Ace

    Yeeees!!!! the OML fans are going to be happy about this news! I am so going to watch this! This is final right?

  18. 18 enjoydrama

    I’m so definitely going to watch this now that CSW is in it! The OML-hood gang will too I bet!

  19. 19 epyc

    Wow, Wow, Wow! This is MALE CHARM OVERLOAD: Jung Woo-sung , Cha Seung-Won and now Choi Siwon. (Only if they could do without Lee Jia….) But I am certainly on board.

    Choi Siwon’s performance in OML far exceeds all expectations. His acting may not be the best but his charisma just fills the screen whenever he’s there. OML is now a drama that I can re-watch and re-watch again simply for his adorable scenes with Chae Rim and the little girl. The drama also turns me into a SuJu watcher for Siwon’s sake.

    Good news for Athena but can this mean somebody (the previously rumoured idol star for Athena) have a higher chance for Playful Kiss?? Nightmarish thought……

  20. 20 celint

    OK, I hadn’t planned to watch this but now, I know I will

  21. 21 Lady of Spice

    Ahhhhhhh!!! (Loud fan girl scream and faint!) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Siwon! Was looking forward to Athena because of Cha Seung Won and Su Ae but now I’m excited and can’t wait to watch it!

  22. 22 lovin it

    HOTTTTTTTTTIE CHOI SIWON. need i say more?

  23. 23 Rika

    My jaw dropped as i read the headline…. I was a bit worried first. I was like we won’t be able to see his cute smile then, but his story line sounds great and I don’t think we will be missing our smiles….

    I wasn’t an initial fan of IRIS. I intentionally avioded the series and recaps while it was playing (Becase YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL was playing, I thought I’d be cheating if i gave them internet ratings lol), but I recently bought the dvd and I loved it. I also just finished watchinf Oh! my Lady….

    so now overflowing with happiness with Siwon’s addition…

  24. 24 momosan

    Well, that certainly brightens up the prospects of Athena! CSW, the Cabana Boy, and JWS! ::Rubs hands and hopes for the best!::

  25. 25 notoriousnoona

    BOO YOW!
    “On top of that, let’s just say that compared to who was previously rumored to be taking this role, Choi Siwon is a huge step up….Athena, you’re officially back on my happy list.”Great minds JB…Great minds! You ain’t never lied!

    I thought nothing could convince me that Athena wanted viewers but look at you making up for your silly. Show, I’m proud.

  26. 26 kisa101

    Woot woot! Is right! hell yeah… I loved him oh my lady and have been hoping to see him in another drama. i didn’t expect it to be so soon

  27. 27 Sobia

    I was wondering what Siwon’s drama plans were post-OML… this news made my day! I started watching OML for Chae Rim and the formidable eye candy, but Siwon definitely impressed me acting-wise and his character’s development was the real highlight of the show for me. I think he will bring something special to Athena. Who doesn’t love a good bromance? Now, I wonder if there will be any ab shots…

  28. 28 bbm

    but this means he would be expected to miss some of SJ activities because of filming… i’m happy and sad at the same time… with supershow 3 coming soon to singapore… i was hoping to see those 10 boys… oh well…
    but, this is great step for his acting career… i truly hope he will show lots of improvements…

  29. 29 Eunha

    CHOCO ABS! >V<

    Haha, maybe I'll watch just for him? Oh my future husband~lol.

  30. 30 MEL

    OMG!!!! The OMLHOOD are sooooo freakin happy that our SIWON—-MINWOO (fr OML) already has something lined up right after OH! MY LADY!!! His dream to be an actor is coming true…….. His athleticism will definitely be a big plus …….

    JB just like the OMLHOOD you must be tickled pink!!!!! Of course, looking forward to the recaps by you….

    Supershow3……… will go on with SIWON!!!! This really lessens the continued withdrawal from the OML addiction.

    Again thanks JB!!!!!!!!!!

  31. 31 Jasmin

    OMO. OMO. OMO. I just peed my pants right now. WOOT! WOOT! Choi Siwon is the only idol right now who harbors any sort of acting chops.

  32. 32 kim

    AWESOME NEWS!!!!!!

    Siwon is a fantastic actor – check out these MVs where he plays some more action/dramatic roles —
    timeless (part 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubCz5VNv_o0
    timeless (part 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXkFnjALrk8
    I will (part 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Zr9uSHfG4
    Lovers (part 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBPP866NS6k

    Super Show action/fighting scenes:

    soooo can’t wait to watch him do action!!! whooo!

  33. 33 Extra- kun

    O hell to the yes!!!!!! I am officially watching this drama! I can over look the indiscretion of Jia because everyone else has got me sold!

  34. 34 saranga

    hot damn, look at those abs. this is the first bit of news that has me excited for athena!! i am not an idol group worshipper, but choi siwon was very likable in oh my lady. i hope his character is a comical one hehe

  35. 35 kaedejun


    though it does seem to be the trend that there must be one idol star in every drama….

    but hey – siwon ain’t too bad in acting and in looks 😀 YAYYYY – after the cutie hacker on the north korean side in IRIS, there had to be a cutie noob in Athena too!

  36. 36 mtoenlob

    Jung Woo-sung , Cha Seung-Won and now Choi Siwon. Dream team! The three of them in one drama, I must be lucky!

    I am not crazy over idol stars in dramas. Most of the time they are just eye-candies. Pretty, yes, but acting-wise, hmmmmmm… But, Siwon won me over in OML. Ably supported by Chae Rim, he has proven he got what it takes.

    Athena? Yes!

  37. 37 maria

    On top of that, let’s just say that compared to who was previously rumored to be taking this role, Choi Siwon is a huge step up.

    oh lol!!! i agree– he’s certainly proven his chops in OML.. it’s not eric-level in QSS yet (woot!) but i can see the potential!
    but OH NO see now, you’ve reminded me of the great mosh pit that was the post about that…. i’m getting secondhand embarrassment all over again for all the people screaming and shouting at each other LOLS.

  38. 38 aX

    OMG! So exciting!!!!

    I haven’t watched OH! My Lady yet but I plan, too. He seems promising though and I am actually pretty excited about IRIS: Athena Goddess because of the cast. With IRIS, I was excited when I thought Son Ye Jin was going to star in it and I was intrigued to see her act opposite Lee Byung Hyun but since that didn’t happen I didn’t really care for IRIS.

  39. 39 Melissa


  40. 40 Porcelain

    Sorry for being dense… but who was rumoured to actually take up the role? Ok, scroll up on comments… oh yeah… now I know…

    I am so happy, but as an ELF I am also kinda selfish… I wanna see him do concerts and perform with the other boys and I don’t want this to tire poor baby out… Anyway aja-aja, hwaiting Siwon!!!

    Nonetheless am very happy with this casting news… I am wondering now if I need to watch IRIS, but if this is a spin off I trust I don’t need to watch get a background no…
    Seriously Jung Woo Sung, Cha Seung Won and Siwon in a room… dies of hotness!!!!

  41. 41 all4movies

    Take Lee Jia out of the mix and I would have been 100% on the bandwagon. As for now, I can always watch with one eye closed whenever she”s on or I can always hope that her acting has improved beyong the teeth nashing kind.

  42. 42 readergirl

    ahhhhhhhhh i LOVE HIM

  43. 43 Lahlita

    JB, for bringing this news unto me, I sing your praises. I wasn’t expecting much from Choi Siwon and tuned in to Oh! My Lady for Chae Rim, but he caught me hook, line and sinker. I was absolutely charmed. So then I had to check out The Legend of Hyang Dan (adorable!) and have to go through his back-catalog of smaller roles. I am now a huge fan.

    Did you all know that a few years ago he was the youngest person in Korea to hold a 4th-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do? A FOURTH-DEGREE BLACK BELT! In Tae Kwon Do. The Youngest Holder. IN ALL OF FRIGGIN’ KOREA!!! Those aren’t show-abs, ladies. The other actors will pump iron and then play-act at being elite spy agents. This boy actually IS an elite bad-ass killing machine (not that he would hurt a fly, I don’t think). How hot is that?

    It’s very hot.

    @ Porcelain — http://www.dramabeans.com/2010/05/kim-hyun-joong-offered-role-in-athena/

  44. 44 Keylye

    *GASP* SI WON!

    As if Jung Woo Sung and Cha Seung Won weren’t enough to make me happy, they had to go and add Si Won, who is definitely my favorite idol actor right now. For the most part this show has better casting than other dramas I’ve sat through.

  45. 45 joyyyeo

    @41 all4movies: I so agree with you. Pls take Lee Jia out. She over-acts… I’m serious.. I used to like her in her debut role in “Legend” but then I got sick of watching her and listening to her voice.

    But Siwon is excellent! I love like him as an actor in “Legend of Hyun Dan” and “Oh! My Lady”

  46. 46 soysauce

    Yes indeed. Choi SiWon > Kim HyunJoong. This drama looks promising.

  47. 47 itsjustme

    I’m happy Siwonie is getting his big break I just hope he doesn’t overwork himself to death as the Suju boys are known for that. With his work ethic, I know he’s going to try and do everything–SS3 concert tour and filming and god knows what else SM throws at him.

    Go get ’em Siwon!!!

  48. 48 itsjustme

    He really is the consummate ideal man. Bad ass abs and taekwondo moves on the outside, God fearing Christian boy on the inside. Just the right kind of man to bring home to Mom. It doesn’t hurt that he comes from a loaded family too.

  49. 49 hpn88

    HAPPY DANCE!!!!!
    not that he who must not be named isn’t cool, but I can actually see Siwon in this role

  50. 50 moley

    DANG BOO! looking good. i can’t wait for athena. =)

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