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Lee Min-ho declines lead, Playful Kiss still looking for its cast

Aw, man. For one brief moment I got totally excited. One story published today reports that Lee Min-ho has been cast as the lead in Playful Kiss, aka the remake of Itazura na Kiss / It Started With A Kiss. And girlfriday and I literally, and I mean literally-out-loud, squealed in glee when we thought it was happening. However, his representation was quick to deny it as untrue.

According to the initial source, Lee Min-ho supposedly chose this project out of loyalty to Group Eight, the production house that cast him in Boys Before Flowers and basically jump-started his career as a leading man and hot commodity. However, according to Lee’s management, while it is true that he received the offer, he has politely declined. (Granted, the role would probably have gotten him typecast, but I say he’s young and hot and has plenty of time to branch out in the future.)

There has been a lot, and I mean A LOT of noise about Boys Before FlowersKim Hyun-joong or You’re Beautiful‘s Jung Yong-hwa taking the main role, but nothing has been confirmed and casting rumors remain hazy and noncommital.

Top contenders for the female lead include Park Shin-hye (You’re Beautiful) and Kara’s Han Seung-yeon. Despite some legal problems, Park Bo-young‘s name is still being tossed about by some. (Could you imagine if she were cast with Lee Min-ho? That would be almost too good to be true; I think I’d burst of excitement.)

Via My Daily, Star News

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I wouldn't mind if LMH was cast but I was HOPING for a new face with talent, or an underrated actor to burst out in popularity.

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PS, I'm still praying for Park Bo Young.....

I CERTAINLY DO NOT want KHJ to be the lead! I'd cry if that happens...

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i loved this series, especially the japanese version, so am excited to watch the korean version!

the potential cast looks promising....

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gasp! i read the headline incorrectly - at first glance, I just saw LMH and Playful Kiss. Haha. Talk about selective reading. But I think he would have been perfect for the lead role! But let's wait and see. I'm keeping my fingers (and toes) crossed that he will change his mind and accept :)

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Kim Hyun-joong! no, please no!

I was hoping LMH decided to take this project. I wonder who's gonna land the role? So many possibilities...there are lots of talented young actors out there.

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Aww that sucks! oh well i wonder who would take on the roles?
I think they should just put jang geun suk and park shin hye in there
i mean they have great chemistry on screen!

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I don't care who gets the male lead, but I'm gonna be so (x100000) mad if Park Shin Hye doesn't get the female lead! Appearence & acting wise, she's the perfect fit for the role. & KARA'S Han Seung Yeon has no experience whatsoever with acting so I think it's too sudden for her to be cast as a lead.

JUST MY INPUT!

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I TOO was hoping that LMH would take the lead for It Started with A Kiss, however like you said, we don't want him to be typecast so early in his career. Once you're typecast into a certain role, it's really hard to get out of the shadow of it. I do hope that he picks his next project real soon though. Hopefully in something totally different than his previous two better-known roles.

As for Kim Hyun-joong, I still don't believe he is strong enough acting-wise to take on a lead role. He needs more acting lessons...

As for the female lead, I really don't see Park Shi-hye in the role. Never did like her in You're Beautiful (don't hate me!)

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Ohhhh... Noooo!
I was hoping it's LMH.. oh well... *sigh*

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LMH could do a hundred roles like that and I'd still watch the shows...but I'd also like it if they cast a new face with heretofore unsuspected acting talent (with good looks to boot lol)....

KHJ or JYH? Dear God, no. Just...no.

Fingers crossed that miraculously gets the role.

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I knew he wouldnt accept it...I mean why would he wanna go back to playing a high schooler?...though like you said he does have plenty of time to branch out...bt i wanna see him in something different....I also just read today that Jung Yong Hwa also declined due to activities with CN Blue...idk if its true...bt if it is that leaves Kim hyun joong...and with no Park Bo young either (I dont mind PSH, bt i dont want to see her in a role simmilar to that in YAB anytime soon)...suddlenly everything about this drama (except the director) looks soo very dreary

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too bad for minho
he's a great actor but its best if he stays away from the stereotypical lead

i hope it not hyunjoong. good looking but he's as stiff as a board when it comes to acting.

yonghwa is a bit better and he has a playful side so im sure he can do it
plus if shin hye is cast, they would make a good couple
they also had chemistry in you're beautiful and theyre good friends

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Oops, meant to say "Fingers crossed that PBY miraculously gets the role."

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PS...please plese let them consider Kim soo hyun..dear dramagods!!....frankly I'm tired with all the specualtions...please just cast already!!

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OMG, it would had been so awesome if Lee Min-ho had accept the role. I would so love to see him in this role...and if it was Lee Min-ho and his friend, Park Bo-young...that would be an awesome combination...

Since Lee Min-ho is not going to be in it, why not let it be Jang Geun Suk and Park Shin Hye, it could be You're Beautiful all over again.

I wouldn't mind see Ham Eun-jung playing the role as well given her role in CH..

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I knew he wouldn't take it. I didn't think he would take it. But deep, deep, deep inside I was hoping he would take it. Am disappoint.

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Don't really mind about LMH not taking the lead since I'm not really a fan of his anyway.... I don't think anyone would fit the role better than Joseph Cheng in the Taiwanese version. But well, Korea is always capable of giving me surprises anytime! :)

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omg tht headline soo broke my heart :( :( for a split sec i thought LMH was in....sigh of dashed awesomeness and premature hope....oh well it is a predicament for him really...he's already done two up tight guy roles ( albeit in different shades of up tightness if u will )....but still this is saaad cos of the PD involved...it would have been an explosive combo

as for the other 2 names being thrown around....FAIL MAJOR FAIL....KHJ is sorry to say rubbish at acting ( one can only hopes he improves if he is cast in this....but then he would do nothing more than look around nastily and hardly say anything so maybe it could be perfect for him jesus where is all this nastiness coming from i dont understand..probably still reeling from the LMH bombshell *cries*) as for yong hwa well i'll cut him some slack he was not all that bad in yab....he had his moments...but still to carry an entire show that will take something...maybe he will surprise me i pray that he does.....

if either of the two are cast ill watch the first couple of eps and see the tone of the serial ( all for the goong's PD nim mind not for the serial as such cos the J drama version was a big waste of time for me...it annoyed the crap out of me....i only watched it cos LMH was reported to have been in contention then...soo much for that :( ) if its crap then ill drop it...if its not yaaay good for me cos i have one more drama to look forward to!

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Although I like Park Shin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa, I can't see them as the Itazura na Kiss couple. He doesn't have good enough acting skills or the vibe to pull off an annoying and posh character like Naoki.

Lee Min Ho would be good for the character, but I don't want BOF all over again. Hated that series and I don't need a re-run of it. And no matter how much he changed his style, people would still see his BOF character.

And God, please not the Ice King of BOF. He's skinny and weak looking, hardly the tall man with a strong presence that Naoki is. Also, the boy can't act. Simply can't. He's horrible in acting. At least so far.

Park Shin Hye is cute, but I don't know if she can pull off the spunk that Kotoko has. I can't picture her as a strong-headed bimbo. Haven't seen her in anything but YAB though so I can't be sure.

The girl is easier, but Naoki is a bit tougher to cast. It has to be a tall, strong guy with a very special and imposing aura. Someone who can just appear in a scene and make you feel uncomfortable and scared for Kotoko for being in the vicinity. Lol. I mean, he is kind of a scary and bossy dude.
It needs to be an actor who's every look and gesture and even face have to say "Arrogant, conceited and holier-than-though kind of man". And I can't see neither of the guys rumored pulling that off. Even their face doesn't match that type.
Let's wait and hope, for now. But if they get this guy from BOF, I'm definitely not watching.

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Jang Geun Suk and Park Shin Hye
^ seconding that suggestion!
<3

...like many others, if khj is chosen for the role, i'd cry..

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A lot of people were unhappy with the ending of You're Beautiful and would like to have seen the lead stars in more romantic scenes. Perhaps this is a chance to satisfy those who up to this time are wanting to enjoy more of the chemistry that Jang Geun Suk and Park Shin Hye displayed when filming the drama. I've always thought that their BTS exuded "playfulness" and sincerity. They seemed to have enjoyed the skinship scenes anyway. So why not for this pair who I believe have a large following not only in Korea but in the world. They are both good actors who can pose a challenge to the lead stars of the Taiwanese version. Of course I love Joe Cheng and Ariel Lin very much.

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I'm scared that KHJ will take this role, especially after he moves to BYJ's entertainment company - there are a lot of news that the company is really want to get him a role in drama - prioritize his acting career - and this role will be a great opportunity for him...but not for us the viewers. :P
I wish I can say "please give him a chance", but..I really hope he'll take a less important role first to strengthen his acting skill instead jumping into a lead role.
As JYH, even though I like him as singer and his personality in WGM, I also don't want him to take this role.

I have this strong feeling, KHJ will get it. :(
(and this still will get a high rating since he has quite a lot of loyal fans )

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Ok.

I'm glad he didn't accept the role. Because I want to see him doing something different this time.

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Please, Baby Jesus, do not let Kim Hyun-joong be in this drama. I wouldn't even mind if Jung Yong-hwa took second lead but, NO Kim Hyun-joong. Can't he just give up on his dream of becoming an actor? Stick to kpop and CF's. Please.

WHYYYYY? WHY NOT, Lee Min-ho? Just do it! If he really cared for his fans, he should totally get on board with this project. Lee Min-ho and Park Bo-young...OMO! I get heart palpitations thinking about that casting.

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When is the air date for this? Is it possible to give the role to Choi Siwon after he's done with Athena? I hope he accepts it though... if ever.

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Well, I'm not sure I'd personally like Keun Suk in such a role again and so soon. I mean, it could somehow pigeonhole him. He'd be great in it, but it would feel like more of the same too soon.
Plus, I love him to bits, but he's not in a physical position to seem like a man wanting to be a doctor. He's become ridiculously skinny lately and unless he gained his weight back in time, I woudn't buy it. A guy who is a health freak and a good tennis player wouldn't be so skinny.

As much as I think Keun Suk would be awesome, I can't let my fangirlsm do the judging here. He's already in danger of being branded as an idol for the teens only and possibly missing out on a more serious and high caliber career, so I, as a fan who admires his skills, don't want to see him in a role that would just make his heartthrob status even stronger.

I love Itazura na Kiss, the anime is one of my most favorite ones and I also read some of the manga. I'd love to see Keun Suk in it, but at the same time, I want him to do different things and break away from the Tae Kyung image.

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Should Lee Min Ho reconsider, I think that Moon Geun Yung might be a suitable partner. She can switch to a lighter, more playful role after the dramatic and serious one in Cinderella's Sister.

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Ugh, none of the names makes me happy. I mean, Kim Hyunjoong? Jung Yonghwa? Have people seen them act?? My wall can be more expressive than them.

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i'm glad Lee Min Ho refused- i like him as an actor and don't want him to be type-casted as an idol-manhwa-drama guy. Roles like the leads of BOF and Itazura Na Kiss are just useful steppingstones for most young actors to gain more recognition and gain better roles.

Then again......I don't like any of the other guys whose names are being tossed up there right now.

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I'm sorry Lee Min Ho refused, but not tooo sorry. I'm not too happy about the names tossed around. I'd kind of like to see Jang Geun Seuk in the role.

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Lee Min Ho + Park Bo Young... would be amazing. Probably enough to make me not cringe every time I imagine how this production is gonna turn out.

Kim Hyun Joong or Jung Yong Hwa... thanks, but no. Neither of them are all that great, tbh. I like Park Shin Hye (especially in cheerful roles) but I really don't think she should take this one; she JUST played innocent/dumb/kind of adorable. On the other hand, she might be able to do the role &be naive and dumb, but still likable... blah. i don't know.

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No KHJ,I dont think PSH fits ther role?I don't like that Kara girl?
I think she'll ruin the show?
Idk.

But Ohh Park Bo- Young,I kinda wanna see Kim So-Eun in this role,
and yes I wish the lead role is KIM BUM!!!!!

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Sandara Park has acting experience and is quite playful. She may pull it off as lead female.

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NOooo! NOT Kim Hyun-joong! That would ruin the drama for me. He's a pretty boy but his acting... meh! *ducks for cover just in case there are KHJ fans*

I don't know if Jung Yong-hwa would be great as the lead though. I'd like him to remain as the romantic "Shin-woo" in my memories. :)

JB and GF, who do you think will be great as the lead?

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Oh please!!! Not another idol lead!!!

I'd be mad if PSH doesnt get the role. She is talented and seem to fit all kind of roles. And the fact that her raising popularity 'd help the drama itself. I can total imagine SH in this role. Perfect!!!

If JGS gets to be pairing with PSH once again, I dont know how many fans 'd die spazzing. The heat for this pairing is till out there (after YB ended 8 months now )

Not to offend but KHJ and PYH could ruin the drama. I mean they are talented as sing dancea and instruments..... but their best advantage def won't lie on acting
So No thanks

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Wow lots of know thank Yous to KHJ AND PYH, Honestly, I dont care who takes the lead male role. They're both rookies, so Im not going to expect much. Fighting!! for who ever takes the role...:)

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KHJ is annoying twit no thanks.

Not the biggest fan of You're Beautiful tbh, and I'd be worried PSY would annoy me too much as Kotoko, her character was fairly grating in YB.

I'd prefer new leads, Kim Soo Hyun and Kim so Eun maybe?

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Actually the more I think about it the more I think PSH and JKS 'd be best for the roles
1. They already have the huge fanbase
2. they have kiss experiences
3. They fit the charaters perfectly!
4. They do enjoy each other touching company so , numbers of skindip wont be a problem
6 It's about time to get back on screen , kids!!!

That's all for now ^^

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Lee Min Ho would be a perfect Zhi Shu (played by Joe Cheng)!!! And Xiang Qin would be adorable and cute if Park Bo Young would portray her.. as much as I respect Ariel Lin.. her character was annoying sometimes..

Lee Min Ho + Park Bo Young.. yeah it would be THE DREAM TEAM.. or at least dream couple..

Please NO KHJ not until he undergo some intense acting lessons for at least 6 months!!!

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No EJ in CH please!!!

She is not bad but still unconsistent and I really dont see much chemistry from her

Male lead Choi Sinwon/ JGS
Female lead PSH is the best at her range ^^

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I was so excited too when i first heard about lee min ho as lead for this... he would be SO PERFECT. But alas, it never turns out the way i want it too booooo!! I do agree though, he would probably have been typecasted if he did this role, and while i had my heart set on him being lead, if its for the greater good i could let this go ^^

But kim hyun joong, please please please god no. i would never see him in another drama again. the expressionless eyes... the completely wooden acting... i swear he's the worst actor i've ever seen. i have absolutely no hope for him being an actor. he's nice to look at, but he's got no future in this business :3

Jung Yong Hwa and Park Shin Hye are cute together, and i would watch it if they're the two leads, but i do have some reservations about the pairing since they were already in You're Beautiful not that long ago. Hmm, it would be perfect if Park Bo-Young was cast, it really makes me sad that she's not able to get work because of all of the legal issues. She is such a talented young actress :)

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oh i don't know. i am somehow happy lee min ho declined the lead role. and as much as i love jgs & psh in you're beautiful, seeing them in a completely new drama together might not actually work...

kim so eun is cute but i don't know if she can handle the lead, though. she kinda reminds me of lee dae hee.. sweet and innocent...

as for the lead male... it is something to watch out for... i wanna be surprised...

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your writing and comments from others make me really wan to see Playfull kiss... which 1 is better ? Japanese or Taiwanese version???
and as many ppl said here, the 1st thing that came my mind when i saw the article was LMH .... but quite a dissapointing articles. want more of him in mini-screen

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I kinda wonder.
Min-ho has nothing coming up?
So if he decline this?
What is he going to do?
Anyways,Kim-Bum and Kim So-Eun ALL THE WAYY!

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I knew LMH wasn't going to take it! I feel like he's either looking for something dark or something entirely comical for his next role, just for a change. I mean this role is kinda similar to BOF. And please, no Han Seungyeon, I think she lacks expression on stage, she has a pretty smile, but as a leading actress? No please.

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I don't know why, but Taecyon came up in my mind as a good option for the male lead. It's good that Lee Min-Ho is trying to broaden his range and not sticking to the stereotype, as good an actor he is. I don't want KHJ/JGS/JH, they're just not my idea of a manly man. They need a lot of workout and acing up their acting skills.

As for the female lead, Kim So-eun might not be too bad. But, Lee Bo-Young was perfect! A small part of me still wants lee Min-Ho to be there.

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what about Kim bum?

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Kim Hyun Joong & (San)DARA Park from 2NE1

- or -

Reunite Yoo Seung Ho & Kim So Eun!!!!

:D

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Oh @ 43: The taiwanese one! granted its a bit long, and some of the acting by some supporting actors isn't all that strong, but the lead cast were totally awesome! and the lead couple has a lot of chemistry. Plus the Japanese version is a bit old(er) and personally I don't like to watch anything older than 5 or 6 years.
I say watch a bit of both before you decide.

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@43 personally, i like both. the japanese version doesn't get enough attention, tbh. i saw the taiwanese version first, tho, so it's kinda my favorite by default (just cos it already had that place in my heart. lol.) i think the taiwan version (it started with a kiss) is a hit or miss though. i've only seen that people either reallly loved it or really didn't.

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