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Song Seung-heon in for a Brain replacement?

Whoaaa. The entire announced cast of medical drama Brain is being replaced…and potentially filling the new hero’s shoes is Song Seung-heon.

The official story from Brain’s chief producer is that the drama feels too much like a “youth drama” with formerly cast Lee Sang-yoon (The Duo) and Yoon Seung-ah (Playful Kiss). You know, the stripling young lad a month shy of 30, and the barely-pubescent 28-year-old woman. Forgive me if I’m a little skeptical. (By which I mean: Lee and Yoon are in no way old, but youth drama? Pfffft. Like you could see them playing the kids of You’re Beautiful and You’ve Fallen For Me rather than, say, the teachers.)

In any case, the CP said that they felt it was skewing too “youth” and are reworking things now. You think you could’ve done that before actually casting your show? All is backwards in K-dramaland; the cast had even recently held a script reading. Also out are supporting leads like Lee Hyun-jin (You’ve Fallen For Me) and Kim Soo-hyun (Sophie from Runaway Plan B).

Song Seung-heon is in negotiations to take over the lead role as ambitious brain surgeon, which…pfffft, just makes me giggle. I like Song Seung-heon, particularly after changing up his image in My Princess, and especially after hearing that he’s learned to have some fun and not always try to look cool all the time. But brain surgeon? With Song, nekkid abs and glowering are part of the deal, and sometimes the whole of it.

On the other side of the story, you have the replaced actors, whose reactions are: “This is shocking.” Lee Sang-yoon and Yoon Seung-ah’s agencies are already in drama promotion mode, having thought the deal finalized with the production company and the broadcast station.

KBS’s newly staffed Brain will follow Poseidon and air in November.


Lee Sang-yoon, Yoon Seung-ah

Via E Daily, NTN Seoul

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brain surgeon ... should be KHM or SJS

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It's certainly tough to be a mere actor/actress in Korea. First, you get sidelined by Kpop idols backed by influential mgt companies...then, even after you get hired, one can get fired so easily. Poor babies.

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Such a shame. I'm sure Lee Sang-yoon would have been great in this drama. He is a pretty decent actor.

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After all KBS has to go back to the return of their investment. SSH has a wide fan base not only in Asia!. He is an eye candy to viewers! Much more if they could possibly let KTH join him again! Both good looking and have good chemistry, WOW!

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He seems to be working non-stop taking one drama and then another one.

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