Drama Casting & News
Daniel Choi, Kim Woo-bin confirmed for School
by | October 23, 2012 | 60 Comments

Adorable! Daniel Choi is joining the remake of 1990s youth drama School, which is now going by the name (still a working title) 2013 School.

That means he’s reteaming with Jang Nara, which I love because they were so adorable and sweet together in Baby-Faced Beauty. Sure, I did wish for more spine and affection from her since he was always the one making the overtures, but he was so damn cute about it that I can’t help but be excited about their reunion here. While that drama didn’t give them much in the way of sweeping romance, they did have a way with bickering charm that hit a nice balance of light-heartedness and masked flirting (well, on his end. Which is why it was so fun to watch).

It’ll be fun to watch these two engage in a wholly new dynamic for School, though, because his character is completely different from the adorkable whiny-brat-turned-maturing-adult he played in Baby-Faced Beauty. Here he’ll project a gentle manner, competent skills, and classy looks as language teacher Kang Se-chan, who’s wildly popular with both students and parents. Se-chan is described as both a straight-shooter and a glib speaker, which seems like total opposites but which I can actually see him pulling off. Daniel Choi does have a way with line deliveries.

Kim Woo-bin, Hyo-young

As for the rest of the cast: Kim Woo-bin (A Gentleman’s Dignity, White Christmas) has confirmed, yay! I’m a little nervous about the statement by a rep saying, “Compared with Lee Jong-seok who has already been cast, there’s a bigger likelihood that Kim Woo-bin will play the rebel student.” Because I’m thinking, You don’t know yet? You’re casting people before you have roles for them?!

But… I’m determined to think positively because I so much want for 2013 School to be a good show. Please be a good show!

Meanwhile, idol star Hyo-young of 5dolls, sister to former T-ara member Hwa-young, is the latest name being offered up as a potential cast member. Nothing’s confirmed yet but they’re reportedly in negotiations and official word should be out in another day (so it sounds pretty settled for her). If she ends up signing on, Hyo-young’s role will not be a main one; she’d be one of the supporting characters.

Lee Yubi of Nice Guy, however, will not be joining the drama due to scheduling conflicts.

2013 School will follow Oohlala Spouses on Mondays and Tuesdays and will air beginning in December.

Via FN News


60 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Kelinci Biru

    please be good. you have two cute guys as bad students. you have to make it work. there are always a way.

    • 1.1 Mystisith

      Embryo of F22 someone?

      • 1.1.1 kopytko

        Too good to be true, but the hope dies last.

      • 1.1.2 JoAnne

        Kim Woo-bin! Kim Woo-bin! Kim Woo-bin

        yeah, I dunno….I might, like…check out an episode. Maybe. If there’s nothing better on.

        *runs away squeeing: Kim Woo-bin Kim Woo-bin Kim Woo-biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin*

  2. nabygosh

    FIRST!Looking forward to this 😉

  3. my_diaries

    I dont know why but I liked -almost- everything about this drama. We’ll see. Its better be a good one ^^

  4. aX

    He’s overrated & over-the-top! I had to stop watching one of his dramas purely because of it–

    • 4.1 jabberwocky


  5. Frillyobject

    This is the first time I heard of a repeated pairing, for korean drama. Is there any other examples for this kind of situation? I kind of have this idea that korean drama never do repeated casting for their OTP somehow. Anyway, I like Daniel Choi and Jang Nara in Babyface beauty..I look forward to see them again together in this!

    • 5.1 mas

      Jang Hyuk and Le Da Hae…lol

      • 5.1.1 mas


  6. nyss

    excited for their reunion!!!

  7. saltandpepper

    yay for daniel choi 😀

  8. Midori

    Daniel Choi! Squeee! One of my faves! What can I say, I like the cute boy next door look.

    • 8.1 sleeplessinwgtn

      Me too!

  9. stars4u

    I’m hyped up for Kim Woo-bin but it’s so sad Lee Yubi won’t be able to join.

  10. 10 jc

    I hope Daniel Choi’s character will be like his one in High Kick! I loved him in that!

  11. 11 Laurita

    Daniel Choi 😀 yay yay yayyyyy 😀

  12. 12 KERA

    Jang Hyuk and Lee Da Hae have set up a trend, from now on we can see more OTPs from previous previous drama will act together again.

  13. 13 Daisy

    OMGSH yesssss! I love Daniel Choi! Is he gonna be paired with anyone? I hope so!

  14. 14 Kdramafan89

    Oh no I guess Choco Pie will not be going to school after all 🙁 she’s such a cute actress I’d like to see her in more things after Nice Guy.

    I hope DC doesn’t get paired up with JN cause I didn’t sense any chemistry in BFB.

  15. 15 MsB

    Jang Nara had me thinking about it; now Daniel Choi? I’m so there! I loved Baby Faced Beauty!!

  16. 16 Autumn

    Ok, I am slightly sad that I won’t be seeing my Woo-bin & Yubi couple again, but still looking forward to the show nonetheless. I mean, the people behind this did Dream High right? and that was pretty fun and cracktastic.

  17. 17 cheekbones

    Woohoo !!! is all I can say ! Love both men.

    But, doesn’t Kim Woo-bin play rebel student too many times ? I hope he doesn’t get stereotyped. But, I’ll take him whenever I can. 😀 I really hope he has significant screen time here.

  18. 18 canxi

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! I like my favorite actors being on tv so much.

    Also, 2013 School better be a working title. Cuz I read it and think “future school”? Just your basic teenager problems and tryna get your parents to buy you the newest hover car…

    • 18.1 modestgoddess

      Back to the Future School with Kim Woo-Bin as McFly

  19. 19 piggy68gal

    Noooooo! I wanted Lee Yubi ;_____;

  20. 20 Sajen

    I’m a little nervous about the statement by a rep saying, “Compared with Lee Jongk-seo who has already been cast, there’s a bigger likelihood that Kim Woo-bin will play the rebel student.” Because I’m thinking, You don’t know yet? You’re casting people before you have roles for them?!

    maybe that just means that they originally cast Lee Jongk-seo as the rebel but then Kim Woo Bin came along and they thought he fit the role better and liked his portrayal more so gave him, Kim Woo Bin the rebel role, and moved Lee Jongk-seo to the role they originally cast Kim Woo Bin for.

    • 20.1 Mystisith

      Both are good actors so I don’t worry about that. They will adapt.

  21. 21 bjharm

    I read it was to do more with the teachers than the student story wise. While nothing been said if JN and Choi being a pair, or the leads for that matter, it seems to much to resist for the writers it is after all made by the same company that made BFB and the pair made that a hit for them

  22. 22 Mystisith

    Babyface Beauty re-team= ♥♥♥♥♥♥. One of the cutest rom-coms of the last years. Love Daniel Choi. Will we have a Jekill/Hyde teacher? Assy with the troublemakers and puppy *wrapped you around my fingers* with the girls?

  23. 23 kopytko

    Straight-shooter and glib speaker? It’s somebody who formulates criticism in such a way, that you want to hear more and more of it, even if it concerns you. Language teachers sometimes can do things like that ;), and even if a student fails a semester, he/she still comes running to your classes, just for the pleasure of listening to the teacher. I hope I will get it delivered by Daniel Choi – his stunt in Ghost makes me very optimistic about this role.

  24. 24 ngocng08

    This drama’s casting is getting its grove! yay for Daniel Choi and Kim Woo-bin! I am just a little sad that Lee Yoo-bi can’t join. I think she has that fresh face necessary for school drama! And she was so cute with Kim Woo-bin too…

  25. 25 dahlia

    Love him 🙂

  26. 26 chocopie83

    what?? who’ll replace lee yoobi then??

  27. 27 HeadsNo2

    Kim Woo-bin! This news just made my day.

  28. 28 Tha

    Daniel Choi is going to be awesome!

  29. 29 Bu Young

    Daniel Choi!
    Loveeeee himmmmmm!!!!
    If he’s playing the likeable guy does that mean he’s going to be like his character in High Kick?
    He was sooo awesome in that role!!!

  30. 30 Meghan

    Hwayoung getting kicked out of T-ARA was probably the best thing that could have happened for her sister’s career since Hoyoung had almost no career sitting stagnant in 5 Dolls. But then Hwayoung gets kicked out, and everyone starts wondering, “what about Hyoyoung”. Lol. Good for her, even if it’s a small role. Better than doing nothing like she has all year.

    I really have no comment on Daniel Choi, since I’ve never seen any of his dramas. Hmmm.

    • 30.1 zsa

      i hope hwayoung gets a role too in the near future…she’s a great performer and i love looking at her facial expressions while singing and who knows, maybe she has talent for acting!

  31. 31 becca_boo

    aw yeah!! *does happy dance* so far I love all the guys attached to this show so even if I am fairly “meh” about the girls, I am IN!

    thanks for the update!

  32. 32 AnnaBanana

    … And I was getting super excited that Kim Woo Bin and Lee Yoo Bi were getting paired up again for School. They were the best part of the whole entire Vampire Idol sitcom. Nevertheless, I do like the actors/actresses that have been casted so far.. with the exception of Hyo Young. I haven’t seen her act before, but I don’t particularly like her as a singer.

  33. 33 Whatsthescenario

    yay! Love Daniel Choi. He seems like a fun guy. Can’t wait to see Kim Woo-bin again 🙂

  34. 34 modestgoddess

    Daniel Choi and Kim Woo-Bin, I’m so there. Can’t wait for this show.

  35. 35 Sonia

    I hope we get the actress from SUFBB to replace Lee Yubi. I really liked her in SUFBB.

  36. 36 Laica

    Yay for Daniel Choi and an even bigger YAY for Kim Woo-bin!

    I’m sad that Yubi won’t be in it. She’s such a cutie.

    But since we are looking for a female lead now, can we get Jung Eun-ji to play a transfer student from Busan who rounds up the troublemaker boys and makes them into her underlings, striking terror into the hearts of teachers and parents?

    • 36.1 Fab

      Yay for Eun-ji’ casting!
      Too bad it won’t possible due to her new winter drama.

      I just hope they hurry up with a fabulous writing, cuz that’s the only lacking aspect now.

  37. 37 jyyjc

    I’m gonna guess that there’s going to be a scene of daniel choi’s character teaching english.

  38. 38 Ara

    Wow, had no idea that Daniel Choi is only 26… I really like him and Jang Na Ra together; she’s an IRL baby faced beauty.

  39. 39 Mia

    Awww no lee yubi 🙁
    Still watching it though!!!

  40. 40 Lilian

    loved Kim Woo Bin’s cameo in To the Beautiful You. His appearance made three full episodes more exciting.A meatier role here hopefully.

  41. 41 mysterious

    Oh my goodness. Kim Woo-bin AND Daniel Choi?! I am officially in heaven.

  42. 42 asianromance

    Jang Nara’s casting caught my attention for School because I really like her. And they’re adding Kim Woo-bin AND Daniel Choi too? Definitely on my radar now!

    • 42.1 bjharm

      I think they just grabbed Jang Nara as soon as she was free and worried about the details of story and cast later. She always so busy after all.

  43. 43 Suzi Q

    YAY!Baby Faced Beauty redux! I like this duo!

  44. 44 DryedMangoez

    Yes!! Babyfaced Beauty reunion!!! Loved them on that show!

  45. 45 bjharm

    intersting seem jang nara has always said she wanted to beat her father..seems she going into live theather, or at lest that is what they want her for, but this drama has made it next year now.

  46. 46 Jae Shin

    Nooo! I really wanted Lee Yubi to join…
    But I really love the rest of the cast – except Hyo-young, because I’ve never seen her act – so I’ll have to do..

    I was really looking forward to Lee Yubi, too.

  47. 47 Jeannette

    My heart a-flutters whenever I see Woo-bin in a headline.
    I can’t wait for this!

  48. 48 Hanachio

    !!! Love Daniel and Nara together!! Happy news!

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