Drama Casting & News
Touring the set of School 2013
by | November 8, 2012 | 47 Comments

We’ve got a bunch more stills of the cast of School 2013, some from the show proper and some that peek behind the scenes, along with a relationship chart that lays out all the future connections.

That means school uniforms galore, and a closer look at some of our leads, starting with Lee Jong-seok as the main character of the students’ generation. He’s an ordinary student with no big goals for the future apart from graduating, who works as an errand boy at night and just plods through his daily life.

But somehow, unexpected events pop up in his lifeโ€”which happen to coincide with the arrival of a transfer studentโ€”and things start to get complicated. I love Lee Jong-seok, and I think he’s got a great shot at making this character relatable and heartfelt, much as he did in High Kick 3.

Kim Woo-bin (below) is that new transfer student, taking on the familiar role of a rebellious student. The reason for his behavior will be more apparent to us than the other characters, I suspect, because he was made to give up his dream and come to this school. Based on the relationship chart below, he has an antagonistic relationship with Lee Jong-seok, but I’m anticipating that they’ll wind up better friends than enemies. (Crosses fingers madly. I need some rivals-overcome-boundaries-and-bond-as-bros action up in here.)

It’s a character Kim Woo-bin is in danger of being typecast forโ€”he already has White Christmas and A Gentleman’s Dignity under his beltโ€”but I can see how he’s perfect for that characterization. And at 23 years old, this is probably the last of his high school roles anyway.

A few more familiar faces crop up on the student part of the relationship chart, with Kwak Jung-wook rejoining with Kim Woo-bin; he was also in White Christmas, though perhaps you recall him better as Maro in Shut Up: Flower Boy Band, the logical nerd friend in the rival band Strawberry Fields. In School 2013, he’ll clash with Kim Woo-bin.

Also on the student roster is another 23-year-old (it’s a 1989-er party), Choi Chang-yub, who was most recently in Faith. I can barely recognize him, but I’m pretty sure he was one of the Suribang boys. In any case, he’ll be buddies with Lee Jong-seok.

Then there’s Jang Nara in the teachers’ generation, although these stills have her wearing her high school uniform in what must be a flashback. My main question is, where does she hide her secretly aging portrait, or maybe the vials of unicorn blood she’s drinking to look so young? She’s 31, but looks just at home playing the student. It’s just not fair.

In the chart, her character is listed as clashing with Daniel Choi, playing another teacher, which I just love. Because they’re going to end up falling for each other, right? You can’t cast them, set them up to bicker, and then NOT make ’em fall for each other, can you?

Also playing students are two girls with idol backgrounds: From 5dolls and T-ara, respectively, are Ryu Hyo-young and Dani, who play tour guides in the set of photos below, showing us around the set of the drama in between shoots.

Dani isn’t shown on the chart and her tag bears her real name so she must be a pretty minor character, but Hyo-young has a spot and a character name, Kang-joo. Hyo-young sports a different look from her idol image, going short with the hair and light on the makeup to match her easygoing, tomboyish role. She’s listed as friend to both Lee Jong-seok and Park Se-young; those two friends have a loveline going, and so far in the student generation theirs is the only one listed. But being that we’ve got rivals and egos and hormones galore, I’m expecting a few more complications to crop up in the show.

School 2013 is gearing up for its premiere, which will follow Oohlala Spouses on Mondays and Tuesdays. Its first episode airs December 3.

Via Newsen, Osen, Chosun, Newsen


47 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Laurita

    Looks great. ๐Ÿ™‚

    But seriously, Jang Nara is a real baby faced beauty. I so love her and this drama is on my waiting list mostly because of her and Daniel Choi’s pair.

  2. rynea

    I want this to be a hit if only for Kim Woo bin. I first watched him in his agonizing character in Secret Garden, and really liked him in High Kick 3. Choi Chang-yub was the one using the arrows, I think? He looks really young for his age.

    • 2.1 Mystisith

      Kim Woo-bin was in A Gentleman’s Dignity. It’s Lee Jong-seok who was in SeGa. ^^

  3. cv

    Can’t wait for one! It’s going to be good. : )

  4. Anne

    Choi chang yeop plays siwool. Tho im not really sure who is siwool and who is jiho between the two suribang boys.

  5. Annie

    Jang Nara would have been a good choice for Joo Won’s drama… better than Choi Kang Hee at least, though that’s not exactly strident praise.

    • 5.1 Monona

      Jang Nara as a badass spy? O_0

      • 5.1.1 Annie

        She could have pulled it off, imo. I think she can (and should) do more than cutesy stuff. Besides, Kim Ha Neul hardly screams kickass agent but she was great in the movie version.

        • bjharm

          well she has done fight scenes and swinging on wires in her chinese drama and films though more so in Bratty Princess than anything else, it earned her a mass of bruising from the knees down and elbows down to her fingers, she never been the most coordinated of people after all, indeed for those that have seen Wedding made straight after Bratty Princess you can still see the marks on her legs. And she has done more than cutest stuff lol as you say though she darn good at it!, but in Iron Masked Singer a heavy chilling drama she proved as if she needed to she can into do more than light comedy/drama. And her next chinese film, released well today the 9th she even has a pretty hot sex scene ‘gasp’!!
          But yeah it because she so good at comedy and lets face it her looks she has a hard time finding roles outside that mould.
          By the way those photos of her as a schoolgirl are ALL over the place on the Korean web news sites…very clever promotion on the part of the production team.

  6. OMG

    Don’t worry JB, i shall find that vial of unicorn blood, share it with u and only both of us will be able to use it……mauahahhahhahahahahahahha

  7. alua

    I love high school set stories. This better be good. Like Shut Up Flower Boy Band kind of good – not like some of the other K high-school dramas.

    Crossing fingers madly with you for the “rivals-overcome-boundaries-and-bond-as-bros”. That was actually something that never happened in SUFBB but fortunately there was plenty of bromance within the band that kept me happy (even if I would have been even happier if the enemy guy had joined them).

  8. hawaiianseoul

    I just found out that the girl with the long hair (Dani) is just 13 years old o:

  9. piggy68gal

    I am still quite bitter that Lee Yubin will not be in this, but I think if I have time I will still catch this for Kim Woo Bin and perhaps Hyoyoung! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 9.1 piggy68gal

      ***Lee Yubi!!! Not Lee Yubin. Sorry for the typo ๐Ÿ™

  10. 10 Kelinci Biru

    I tend to ignore monday-tuesday drama (because so many disappointment) the last one I loved is Shut Up, but school look promising and I love Lee Jong Seok, please be good. Please be good. Please be good.

  11. 11 howforwardsale

    I really like Ryu Hyo-young’s haircut!

    • 11.1 mary

      I also applauded Hyo-young (not knowing who she is) based on the pics above. ๐Ÿ™‚

      She seems to be enjoying the haircut and the role.

      Suddenly, I imagine TTBY with her in it…

  12. 12 Daisy

    Sorry I don’t care about the young cast I’m here for Daniel Choi and Jang Na Ra! BABY FACED BEAUTY REUNION YEAAAAH!

    • 12.1 glace


  13. 13 DarknessEyes

    “(Crosses fingers madly. I need some rivals-overcome-boundaries-and-bond-as-bros action up in here.)”


    • 13.1 Mystisith


    • 13.2 eternalfive

      Agreed. XD

  14. 14 shi suisen

    Hmm, I’m more looking forward to the teachers’ storyline XD Jang Nara and Daniel Choi~ <3

  15. 15 asianromance

    Can’t wait till this drama comes out! Is it just me or does Jang Nara look even younger than when she was in Baby-faced beauty a year or two ago? Love the character pix of Jang Nara and Daniel Choi – she looks like she has something up her sleeves and he looks a mix between smug and beleaguered.

  16. 16 cheekbones

    Yes, please, there’s “some rivals-overcome-boundaries-and-bond-as-bros action” in the drama. Please, I don’t want Kim Woo-bin to be a total jerk character.

  17. 17 Opal

    Actually, I am confuse with the chart with so many arrows, so how should I interpret it who is going to end up with and who has the interest with.

    Anyone can help me?. Thanks

  18. 18 pauper

    Oh man, can’t wait for the bickering to start. Jang Nara and Choi Daniel make bickering into an art form and so much fun to watch (even better when they kiss XD).

    P.S.: Choi Daniel has no Korean name. His father indeed named him as such (์ตœ๋‹ค๋‹ˆ์—˜) because he was a surprise miracle. (I would’ve typed more but it’s a bit TMI. He did mention this on Happy Together, which is more TMI for prime-time TV imo)

    • 18.1 chau

      thank you for the information! i was curious^^

  19. 19 cg

    really looking forward to this ๐Ÿ™‚
    Jung nara looks so young!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    High school drama….my favorite thing!

  20. 20 Bashful82

    What the heck is that thing on Daniel Choi’s head?
    Looks like something crawled up there and died…

  21. 21 Lee Mack

    Kim Woo Bin fighting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. 22 Tiff

    Jang Nara & Choi Daniel <3! Heheh

  23. 23 Kirin

    Is it common in South Korea for girls to wear gym pants under their uniforms? I tend to see it a lot in dramas. Is there some context here I’m missing?

    • 23.1 bjharm

      goong I think it was that likey made it well the fashion, at lest when you active you not flashing your panties..lol

  24. 24 bjharm

    mine clip..for those that wanted Jang Nara and Choi’s roles to clash, seems you be getting your wishes come true..

  25. 25 bjharm

    posters for the drama one for the teachers one for teacher and students and one for the students

  26. 26 suziu

    I LOVE LEE JEONG SEOK AND KIM WOO BIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!KYAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!<3<3<3

  27. 27 Angelalala

    Wahhhhh :(((
    I actually wished that the the love line would be between jang nara and lee jong seokkkk.. They’re so cute too.

  28. 28 rachel

    go!! I LOVE LEE JONG SUK!!! >< KYAAAA!!!!!!! so much!!!! ^^ ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. 29 rachel

    I like Park Se yeong too.. ^^ Beautiful and cute :-):-):-):-):-)

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