Lee Jong-seok, Kim Woo-bin
Finally, some details about 2013 School! Other than the previously released bits about there being actors playing teachers, and actors playing students, that is. Because when your title is School, those don’t count as plot points.
As we already know, the main leads in the younger generation will be Lee Jong-seok and Kim Woo-bin, who’ve both played endearing high school characters in recent history (High Kick 3 and A Gentleman’s Dignity, respectively). On the girls’ side, Park Se-young (Faith) goes from queen to teen as the main lead, and 5dolls idol Ryu Hyo-young plays a supporting character. In the teachers’ generation, we have Daniel Choi and Jang Nara as opposites who probably attract; he’s wildly popular, rich, and smart, while she’s more our everywoman type.
Lee Jong-seok’s character is named Go Nam-soon and just wants to live an ordinary life with the simple goal of getting that high school diploma. But contrary to his wishes, “unexpected circumstances” arrive and shake up his calm environment, and spur him to grow up.
Lee’s dong-gap buddy Kim Woo-bin (both are 1989-ers) appears to be at the core of the sudden shake-up as mysterious transfer student Park Heung-soo. He has flunked a grade and been held back; a rebellious attitude masks his loneliness, since he acts out as a result of having to give up his dream.
Park Se-young, Ryu Hyo-young
Park Se-young’s character is Song Ha-kyung, who’s the girl who seems to have everything: good looks, good grades, good family. But she’s fixated all her efforts purely into getting results on paper, scoring the high marks and getting into a prestigious college, “without a dream driving her goals.” I feel like this is a type that should speak to a lot of students who are pushed to achieve at extreme levels, but who then find themselves adrift when let loose into the real world.
Ryu Hyo-young appears to be the opposite as a tough tomboy, Lee Kang-joo. She’s got a carefree attitude with an easygoing personality, though you probably don’t want to piss her off since “her foot moves faster than her words.”
I’m feeling optimistic with the characterizations, which indicate room for growth and development on multiple fronts. Chemistry will have a lot to do with how well they jell, but as for potential it’s all there. The show is described as tackling realistic situations to cut straight to the heart for students and parents alike, which suggests that it’ll have a less slapstick/sitcommy vibe and go more for poignant and lightly dramatic. I dig that a lot, since I’m all for more Answer Mes and Shut Ups in dramaland. *knocks wood*
2013 School follows Oohlala Spouses and premieres in early December.
Via TV Report
- School finalizes its female student lineup
- Daniel Choi, Kim Woo-bin confirmed for School
- Lee Jong-seok joins KBS’s School
- Jang Nara joins KBS remake of School
- Nineties drama School gets a revival