Drama Casting & News
All dressed up and ready for School
by | November 5, 2012 | 66 Comments

Here’s our first look at the cast, in character, for KBS’s upcoming drama School 2013 — which appears to (finally!) have settled on its title after a bunch of rather half-hearted changes (they flirted with 2013 School, then School 5). You’d think if they were going to be so wishy-washy they could have at least entertained something more… well, entertaining.

Naming aside, I’m looking forward to the show, which remakes the ’90s series that featured so many of today’s big stars. The leads in the younger generation — namely, Lee Jong-seok, Kim Woo-bin, and Park Se-young — are dressed here in uniforms; they play students in their second year of Seungri High School (so, 17- and 18-year-olds). It’s an ideal year for drama depiction (similar to how U.S. stories seem to favor junior year), given that the students are old enough to feel the turbulence of transitioning to adulthood, yet still have plenty of time ahead of them before graduating to university. And given the show’s premise, I think we’re going to be seeing plenty of adolescent turmoil and coming-of-age angst. I’m just crossing my fingers that they manage that balance in a skillful, poignant way.

Below are photos from the recent script rehearsal, which includes the adults in the cast. Namely, Jang Nara and Daniel Choi as teachers, as well as familiar comedy faces Lee Han-wi (To the Beautiful You, Wild Romance) and Park Hae-mi (Smile Dong-hae, Unstoppable High Kick).

Oohlala Spouses is reportedly still in talks over whether to extend by two episodes or not, but in any case that doesn’t seem to affect the premiere of School 2013, which will kick off on December 3.

Via Asiae


66 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. nova611

    its here

  2. Steamy Bun

    Maybe they are trying to follow Answer Me 1997, name-wise?

    • 2.1 adette

      Oh… that one didn’t occur to me. I just thought of I Need Romance and it’s sequel being I Need Romance 2012.. though I suppose a school drama named similarly to Answer Me 1997 makes a lot of sense too..

  3. cg

    fingers crossed for a good high school drama πŸ™‚
    Jang nara looks so young…..

    • 3.1 boholAnna

      Jang nara in this picture looks like she can play one of the high school students here.

      • 3.1.1 Lovebug

        I was just about to say that, she literally just doesn’t age!

        • Tha

          Right! She looks great!

    • 3.2 Chintu

      umm, i dont think jang nara is in any of the pix above??

      • 3.2.1 Mystisith

        πŸ™‚ Yes she is… On the left column.
        Hehe. Why do you think she was chosen for BabyFaced Beauty?

  4. sherry

    yeah daniel choi and Jang Na Ra again !! I mean what’s the odds of having the same couple again in another drama !?

    • 4.1 mary

      See: Jang Hyuk + Lee Da Hae. πŸ˜€

      But I get your point. Daniel + Jang Nara are adorable! (Haven’t seen any Hyuk-Hae dramas)

    • 4.2 bjharm

      have to add that Daniel Choi father if BFB is also in this

  5. i will watch this because of Jang Nara, Daniel Choi, Kim Woo-bin, and Park Se-young! πŸ™‚

  6. pinkpia

    Looking forward to this drama πŸ™‚ Super excited to see how everyone will turn out. *fingers crossed*

  7. wowow

    Jang nara and Daniel Choi again? Whoaaa! πŸ˜€ Aaand that is one huge script-reading room they have there :O

    • 7.1 Nesha

      Lol…the left side is a reflection (its a room with a mirror)…but yay Jang Nara and Daniel Choi!!!!

  8. kcan

    Soooo excited!

  9. bear99

    Awwww so many pretty faces.

  10. 10 tiffany

    JN & CD! <33 now a pair i am looking to see on screen again heheheeeeeeee

  11. 11 Autumn

    The uniform is really awful…what’s with the colour? Other than that, I am excited. I love me some high school dramas.

  12. 12 kaka

    Daniel Choi looks so… different without his glasses and make up. Or maybe it’s just because of his sleepy eyes?

    Still keeping low expectation, but maybe I will try It after episode 4 if It gets good review.

    • 12.1 Biscuit

      I remember when one of the hosts from a show commented that Daniel Choi without his glasses isn’t Daniel Choi lol.

  13. 13 nomu nomu nomu

    This show reminds me of ‘Degrassi Junior High’ and the remake ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’
    Same theme, same synopsis, real teen issues and not teen soap opera issues (90210, for example)

    Anyways, enjoyed ‘Answer me 1997’ very much and hope this will be a high quality show on the same levels

  14. 14 miiko

    is it me or the school girl looks older than jang nara…
    love daniel choi and jang nara… they are such a cute couple in bfb..

    • 14.1 gala

      It’s not you… JN is the epitome of baby-faced beauty.

    • 14.2 rearwindow

      Yeah, totally. She must be drinking the blood of unicorns or something, because she does not age.

  15. 15 wheey

    love this photo of kim woo bin …

    • 15.1 cheekbones

      Which one is him in the individual pic ? On the left column above Jang Nara ?

      Yesss ! I hope it’s good. πŸ™‚

  16. 16 Daisy

    I wish Lee Yubi was still part of the cast πŸ™

    • 16.1 Mia

      Me too πŸ™
      I really hope they’ll be able to work on a project together again, as a couple of course; toki~<3

  17. 17 FishFillets

    I swear, Jang Na Ra could just fit right in with the students! Or… maybe not oh I don’t know you get my point!!

    • 17.1 bjharm

      As I understand it she a ‘student’ teacher thus maybe her age will not all that far away from her students?

  18. 18 SoulsEntwined

    Looking forward to this show but why is the gender balance so lopsided? Don’t teenage girls have stories worth telling?

  19. 19 Vin

    I was looking at the pictures when I thought “that kid looks like Jang Nara” then I immediately realized that it really is her. Where did she get the elixir of youth?

    • 19.1 shiku

      I know right? I want that elixir like right now!!!!

  20. 20 jomo

    For some reason, these script reading photos make me really happy.
    I guess it is because we get to see them as working actors, before their transformation by wardobe, hair and, well, skills, into the characters, and it gives me an appreciation for the magic they work.

    I also like to imagine the internal politics and turmoil we don’t see except for drama depictions, like Worlds Within.

  21. 21 UJ

    wow look at Jang Nara! she looks so freakin young and fresh!! some people are born lucky! *sigh* the young cast looks pretty cute…i will surely check it out! πŸ™‚

  22. 22 neener

    wow! and that’s a lot of people!

    still can’t wait to watch this πŸ˜€ I don’t care how many dramas I have in my list and also school hehehe πŸ˜€

  23. 23 Mystisith

    I’m dying of anticipation for that show: 2 cute teachers and two troublemakers (at least) as their students. 2013 come faster!

    • 23.1 mary

      Am excited for another Baby Jerk drama too. :’)

  24. 24 crazedlu

    not digging the uni.. at least in the pic. looks a little like they went back in time to the original school. anyhow, hope this drama does well!

  25. 25 howforwardsale

    I was a Jang Nara fountain of youth doubter. I loved the show but to me she looked “fake young” in Baby Faced Beauty. She seemed exhausted through the whole show until someone started making up her face better in the last 4 episodes. But the picture above proves that when she’s had plenty of rest and hardly any makeup on she looks 14.

    Meanwhile Daniel Choi looks promising. I’m glad he kept his weight on. His sunken cheeks were a tiny bit off putting in the travesty they call The Musical. In Ghost, he looked like he was getting back to his Baby Face Beauty weight. He looks absolutely cherubic when his cheeks are fuller. Cute Daniel Choi is my favorite Daniel Choi.

    • 25.1 bjharm

      Jang Nara had been working for a solid 18 month in china before making BFB and you have to remember it wasnt on her schedule at all because she was not the first pick lead, and was offered the role only after that person turned it down, so she took BFB with little or no rest in between, so she didnt seem exhasted..she was exhausted..:-) of course Jang Nara a workaholic anyway so she always has those dark circles under her eyes, indeed its one of her ‘trademarks’ looks..nick named panda..lol

  26. 26 KStyle

    Ahh I’m so freaking excited about this show.

    Yes for getting some awesome upandcomers in there ( I see you Kim Woo Bin, Lee Jong-Seok and Park SenYoung).

    And yes for reuniting one of the cutest couples in Kdrama history ever ( Daniel Choi is so dreamy and Jang Nara us so adorable)

    I know this show won’t disappoint!!!

  27. 27 sPark*

    I’m always down for a heartwarming and well-made high school drama πŸ™‚ I wish I could fastforward to Dec. 3 since I don’t watch Oolala Spouses (nor do I ever plan on watching it).

  28. 28 Iviih :)

    Look, Par Se Young looks young and fits the student role!

    A lot of people said she wasn’t good for a student role and was old (poor thing!)

    Btw, the first teaser is out!


  29. 29 Miss D

    Okay, so why indeed do American shows favor junior year? Because truthfully I remember my junior year and with all my academic classes and extracurriculars it would have been impossible to juggle all those highlights of dramas like love triangles and such. Seeing shows about high school usually make me laugh because I’m always left wondering why they never seem to have any homework. πŸ˜‰

    That is one of the many reason why I love Answer Me 1997 (ahem…other than the fact that the first love storyline was adorable I mean): they actually depicted some of the stress of class work and college applications. But then again the main appeal of dramas is how we can forget our worries and escape into their fun and ridiculous storylines!

    Since School 2013 comes out relatively right after the hit tht was Answer Me 1997, I hope it’s good because the bar is set high.

  30. 30 Annie

    Daniel Choi looks rough… hope he gets some rest!

  31. 31 hawaiianseoul

    Omg, that means White Christmas reunion for Kim Woo Bin and Kwak Jung Wook! XD

  32. 32 foolmoon

    I always love high school drama. Unfortunately, the good ones I ‘ve watched are all J-dorama. K-dramas haven’t impressed me in this part. Let’s pray this one will change my mind about it …
    and Jang Nara looks younger than the school girls! Hope she can pull teacher vibe ..

    • 32.1 errr

      from reading comments here, many didn’t like Hardtack Teacher n Star Candy aka Biscuit Teacher…but i find that a really heartwarming school kdrama….the students stories and the kids’ friendship n problems n stuffs made me cried buckets. maybe i’m just easy to please in that sense.

      • 32.1.1 errr

        uh’oh…problem with posting…accidentally double post…please help delete this comment above or ignore it…xD

    • 32.2 errr

      from reading comments in this site, many didn’t like Hardtack Teacher n Star Candy aka Biscuit Teacher…but i find that a really heartwarming school kdrama….the students stories and the kids’ friendship n problems n stuffs made me cried buckets. maybe i’m just easy to please in that sense.

  33. 33 varms

    I’m a little old for my heart to do little somersaults but it just did when I looked at Daniel Choi! XD

  34. 34 Sajen

    can’t wait

  35. 35 huama

    pretty park se young~~~

  36. 36 Yi An

    I hope Daniel choi and jang Nara has a love line here ^^

  37. 37 rabbitsfortea

    Let’s hope this will actually turn out good.

    And Jang Nara looks insanely young, gosh.

  38. 38 bjharm

    As said Jang Nara looks young enough to play one of the students, seems the production agrees..lol or maybe it was just too much temptation not to put her in a schoolgirl uniform.

  39. 39 Viki

    Woop woop! so many good dramas to look forward to πŸ™‚

  40. 40 chaloner

    Jang Nara still looks like a teenager!

  41. 41 kimikazuki

    Daniel Choi doesn’t look like “Daniel Choi” without the glasses!!!<—-if that even makes sense lol

  42. 42 dal

    Hear that T ara new member Dani is also cast in here too.

  43. 43 anna

    How old is Jang Nara again? Wow.. side by side shot of Daniel Choi and Jang Nara.. she’s the noona? LOL

  44. 44 cattey

    I’m so excited to see Kim Woo-bin and Park Se-young together in a drama!

  45. 45 kacheek

    Where can I watch School 4? The old series with Gong Yoo.

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