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Secret Garden: Jang Hyuk out, Hyun Bin in?

Interesting (and confusing) news: Jang Hyuk may be dropping out of the fantasy-melodrama series Secret Garden, and co-star Kim Sa-rang may follow him out. Being touted as a potential replacement is Hyun Bin. And the reason for all this sudden cast rearrangement: idol star Jaebum?

The facts:

Secret Garden is being planned as an SBS weekend drama to premiere in November, following Life Is Beautiful. It comes from the writer and director combo behind Lovers in Paris and On Air, Kim Eun-sook and PD Shin Woo-chul. Other cast members are Ha Ji-won (Haeundae) and Yoon Sang-hyun (Queen of Housewives). Former 2pm leader Jaebum was purported to be be making his drama debut in this project.

Here’s where things get murky:

Jaebum’s involvement has grown unclear, and some rumors say he is out, while others say that it’s not yet decided. Now reports are circulating that both Jang Hyuk and Kim Sa-rang are looking to quit. All three are managed by the same company, Sidus HQ. Speculation: is this some sort of power play Sidus is trying to pull? Are they using their big stars as leverage to secure a high-profile project for their new singer-turned-actor client?

A Sidus HQ rep stated, “It is true there are problems regarding Secret Garden, but it’s not the time to say whether they will be quitting or not. We are continuing to discuss these matters with the production team.”

Then came news that Hyun Bin, an early contender for the lead, is back in consideration. I had initially wondered with some suspicion if this was true, and whether the producers were trying to push back against Sidus by throwing out a big name. However, a source with Hyun Bin’s management company confirmed that Hyun Bin received the drama’s script “a few days ago” and is currently considering the role. Apparently he found the synopsis entertaining, but has not made any decisions.

And I can’t see how he would possibly be considering the drama unless it were actually true that Jang Hyuk is close to leaving, which makes me very curious indeed…

Via OSEN, Newsen, Star News

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Aigoo why is all the rant.. fans are being childish and emotional.
why? must all dramas have JH in it!!! he is not the best actor in Korea uknow, also not so popular...

JH fans dont blame others except your JH, he wants out himself and they found another lead, which is Hyun Bin oppa..

I still prefer Hyun Bin and I would love to see Hyun Bin do this drama..

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i prefer hyun bin

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HB anyhow, no matter what, even from any angle you my look, just definitely better than JH :) peace...

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puahahaha it's so fun reading the comments here..
to think they really like JH on Secret Garden..

but i've watched it and I don't see anyone other than Hyun Bin that is more capable of portraying the role of Kim Joo Won..

keke so biased..

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WEHHH WHO SAID SECRET GARDEN WONT WORK IF THE LEADING MAN IS HYUN BIN HJW AND HB HAS GREAT CHEMISTRY PERVERT!!!!!!!!!!

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YAHHH YOU BETTER BACK OUT AND LET HB IN

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BETTER BACK OFF WEIRDO LET HYUN BIN MARRY HA JI WON

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@vanity: Right! xD

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So happy Hyun-Bin decided to do it. I can't imagine anyone else playing the role of Joo-Won.

<3

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Me too. I am glad that Hyun Bin got the role and I cann't imagine another person besides Hyun Bin playing the role of Kim Joo Won.^_^

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