With Ji Chang-wook (Smile, Dong-hae) and Yoo Seung-ho (Flames of Desire) already in place as hero and villain for the fusion sageuk drama Warrior Baek Dong-soo, now we turn to the ladies, who have just been confirmed.
Yoon So-yi (above) is most recently from the MBC drama Hero (which performed dismally, despite an avid — but small — audience), though I still prefer to think of her in terms of Goodbye Solo, because that’s the strongest I’ve seen her. (Other roles: Try To Remember, City of Glass, Auction House.) Caveat: I see some reports calling her casting unconfirmed, but another one states that she has not only been cast but also attended the drama’s first script reading.
The other lead goes to Yoon Ji-min (below), who was recently in SBS’s Paradise Ranch playing the cold ex-supermodel. No word yet on the description of their characters, but there will be one more actress selected to fill out the main cast, whom the producers plan to find via open auditions. (Generally I take that to mean that the actor will be talented, to offset their obscurity. I suppose it doesn’t always work that way, but it ought to yield better odds than taking a crapshoot with a B-list idol with zero experience. Sigh, Daddy’s Girl…)
I wonder whether these two will play characters who are involved in romantic storylines with either or both of the leading men, because the most glaring issue to me seems to be the vast age differences at play here. It’s not so noticeable between Ji Chang-wook (23) and Yoon So-yi (26), but the other two occupy opposing extremes: Yoo Seung-ho is 17, while Yoon Ji-min is 33. Of course, just because they’ve been cast in leading roles doesn’t mean they’ll automatically be paired off (although, it IS a K-drama…), but it’s interesting to note how noticeably younger the men are in relation to the ladies. I guess it really IS the age of the noona. May it never end.
Warrior Baek Dong-soo premieres in July, following upcoming Monday-Tuesday drama Lie To Me.
Via Joy News
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- Love transcends time in Try To Remember
- Hero: Episodes 1-2
- Yoon So-yi pinch-hits for Hero as new leading lady