Drama Casting & News
Gong Hyo-jin courted to headline new drama
by | February 6, 2013 | 98 Comments

Whoo, there’s a new drama in the works, and it’s wooing Gong Hyo-jin to be its leading lady. *happy dance* The drama, called I Can Hear Your Voice, is being produced by the company behind hit drama Queen of Housewives, and is currently being shopped at KBS. (There were reports that it was in the running to follow Monday-Tuesday drama Ad Genius but that’s looking less and less likely.)

The drama will be about a group of court-appointed public defenders, who represent the bottom-of-the-barrel cases. They’re assigned in particular to the defendants whose chance of innocence is less than 1%. I suppose you could look at it like, they’re so awesome they get handed the hardest cases, but I’m thinking it’s less a compliment and more of a punishment — a lesson in the harsh life of the underdog attorney.

Writing is Park Hye-ryun, of the sitcom Nonstop and Dream High (to be clear, just the first one). That makes me excited for the team underdog aspect of the drama, because Dream High was such a great little story about a group of lovable misfits who followed their dreams. It had heart and humor and charm, so I’m looking forward to seeing what this writer will do next.

If she signs on, Gong Hyo-jin will play Kang-soon, a jaded public defender who will gradually recover a sense of justice. No word yet on a hero, but I can think of a few (okay, twenty) leading men I’d like to see her paired up with. As long as we’re making wish lists, can this drama be a cute workplace rom-com underdog tale with a dash of idealism and heart? *puppy eyes*

I Can Hear Your Voice is hoping to premiere in early April.

Via Mk.co.kr


98 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kelinci biru

    Yes please. Another story like first Dream High. Pleaaaaaseee… I need HUGE does of cuteness! Stat!

  2. Annie

    I’ll bet the male lead will either be a rookie lawyer or equally jaded prosecutor. These types of shows are nothing if not predictable.

    • 2.1 LL

      It’s usually an idealistic/naive female rookie and a cynical/jaded male vet, though, so at least there’s a twist here.

    • 2.2 Mak

      Or it will be that innocent man of the 1%.

      • 2.2.1 Russe12

        Okay, let me just say YES. This would be so awesome – if the male lead was a supposed criminal who was actually innocent. *gets excited*

      • 2.2.2 Annie

        That would be refreshing. I’m against any flower boy involvement.

      • 2.2.3 hawaiianseoul

        100% YES ON THIS.

  3. snow_white

    yay πŸ™‚ GONG HYO JIN!!
    I hope she signs on this project…..and her hero: hmmmm…..there are seriously so many of them I’d like to see her paired up with……let’s start making our wish list…….

  4. apple

    This sounds promising. I mean everything with Gong Hyo-jin has potential to be a Hit!

    I hope she will be confirmed.

    As the male lead. Oh man she can create chemistry with anyone.

    Here go my choices:

    -Gong Yoo(Partner from Hello Teacher)! πŸ™‚
    -Lee Jong Hyuk(Partner from the move Crush n Blush) :))
    -Hyun Bin!!!
    -Joo Ji hoon(would be interesting)
    -Lee Kwang soo πŸ˜‰
    -Lee Jun Ki, why not?!
    -Daniel Choi
    -Lee Min-ho
    So far I am rooting for everyone on my list, lol.

    who else is there?! πŸ™‚

    • 4.1 snow_white

      Won Bin??

      • 4.1.1 jini kazma

        I wholeheartedly second that!
        the guy practically disappeared.. ever since “the man from nowhere” he’s nowhere to be seen!

      • 4.1.2 UJ

        Oh yes!! Won Bin please!!!

      • 4.1.3 canxi

        Actually Won Bin & Gong Hyo Jin have worked together before! They were kind of a pair in the movie Guns & Talks and I’d actually love to see them together again!

        But damn, Gong Hyo Jin would be great with a lot of people. It’d be cool if Hyun Bin took this on, maybe? Have they worked together before?

        • jini kazama

          that was her? I didn’t recognize her!

          • Celery

            We are the only two who voted for CSW πŸ™ And for the same reasons!

            Anyhoo, he has mentioned that he will be involved in a production (be it movie or tv series) come this March… so this is pretty timely news, no? *crosses fingers*

          • canxi

            It was her! They were both young, then, lol. She does look a little different now. More mature.

    • 4.2 OMG

      Uuuuuu won bin would be awesome….there’s no way he will completely overshadow her…. I heard some time back that he’s worried about the dramas he picked because he is afraid he will overshadow his costars

      • 4.2.1 AnotherFan

        Doesn’t that sound a little condescending to you guys?

        • jt885

          it does.. but hmm let’s consider the source. I don’t know if won bin had exactly said that

        • girlatsea

          It’s not necessarily an exaggeration though. Korea loves their Won Bin.

        • Annie

          I think ‘overshadow’ in the sense that people will focus on him to the detriment of his counterpart. Won Bin has always struck me as pretty self-aware and rather critical of his now legendary status in Korea.

        • gaga

          Go to netizenbuzz every post about him and another girl there’s always talk about him being better than her etc. Netizens worship him. I doubt he feels the same way.

          • Celery

            Wait, why is he still popular now? I thought he went MIA for quite a long stretch due to army commitments?

            (Not meant to be offensive. Clueless since I don’t follow k-news very closely.)

          • canxi

            His last project Man From Nowhere (Ahjussi) was a HUGE success. So, everyone is waiting for what he does next. Won Bin in a drama would be certified ratings gold right now.

      • 4.2.2 OMG

        M sorry not drama he’s picked…dramas he’s going to pick…..this was around the time when they said him n Kim tae hee were gonna do a drama together…

      • 4.2.3 Collibosher

        I have never seen anyone “overshadow” Kong Hyo Jin, with the possible exception of little Seo Shin Ae, (who usually eats up every scene, anyway) in ‘Thank You’. πŸ˜‰ She is one of the truly great talents in the business and is certainly the draw for this viewer to any project involving her. πŸ™‚

    • 4.3 Annie

      It would be fun to see the uproar if Lee Min Ho were cast.

      • 4.3.1 Mystisith

        Lol. I would be part of the riot probably since he doesn’t do anything for me as an actor (unless he is hiding his comedic skills very well).

      • 4.3.2 Mari

        Lee Min Hot!!! Yes!! But I can already see the hate mail this poor girl would get. I’m terrible at guessing people’s ages so costars ages never matter to me. As long as I enjoy the story. The only exception to that was the American film “Funny Face” were I spend the whole movie shouting, “come on! He looks like her grandfather!”

      • 4.3.3 girlatsea

        Please, no. Hahah

    • 4.4 Mari

      Lee Min Ki??? I’m watching Daljas spring soo I want to see him again…

      • 4.4.1 Mari

        Yeon Jung-hoon??? Ok.. This is just turning into my dream list of actors… But seriously I’m addicted to this man..

        • Mystisith

          Me too. ^^ Lawyer after prosecutor? Betrayal!

          • Mari

            Isn’t a Prosecuter also a lawyer? Just for the other side? Anyhow what matters is that he looks amazing in a suit. I’m going to make a gift of him just walking into places. Just to enjoy the pretty.

      • 4.4.2 canxi

        He’s doing a movie, I think ):

    • 4.5 apple

      Won Bin?
      It would be cool to see him in Dramaland again. And I don’t thing he would overshadow Gong Hyo-jin. No one as in NO ONE can overshadow her. With her acting chops and everything. And Won Bin, I haven’t seen him acting, lol.
      Only know of him πŸ™‚

      -Yoon Kye Sang?! this time as her lead. πŸ™‚
      -Jung Il-woo(maybe a lil too young?)
      -Shin ha kyun(has a movie atm I think)
      -Yoo Joon sang(hot ahjusshi) πŸ™‚

      • 4.5.1 canxi

        Shin Ha Kyun has a drama! πŸ˜€

        I would love Yoon Kye Sang for this! Love, love, love. I think he is doing a variety show or something? He needs to stop that and act again, lol.

    • 4.6 cherkell

      Oooh, Joo Ji Hoon would be an awesome choice, but he’s still got that unfair and uncalled-for KBS ‘ban’ against him from his past troubles (GET OVER IT, YA BIG BABIES!!!). But this would be a PERFECT Ji Chang Wook vehicle… if he wasn’t already tied up with his musical rehearsals and performances in April. I could definitely see one or the other as a lawyer-type character — and both boys look reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal good in expensive three-piece suits. RAWR.

      But what I would pay good money to see is a drama based on us Worker Bees behind the scenes — we unsung Paralegals and Law Clerks at law firms/in-house counsel who do the actual grunt work while the lawyers take all the credit. I have so many war stories that would curl your hair, straighten it out, and curl it back up again. Maybe I should sharpen up my typing fingers and bang out a script…. πŸ˜›

      • 4.6.1 Mystisith

        War stories from insiders are always interesting. *Evil laugh*. Technical Advisor needed on the set maybe?

    • 4.7 kfangurl

      OMG, yes please to Gong Yoo! They were adorable together in Hello My Teacher! That, & any excuse for more Gong Yoo ^^

      • 4.7.1 charlene

        out of my 188 kdrama i’ve watched since 2007, The first love team i’ve watched over and over again is the BTSC – aka ‘hello teacher’ with Gong Hyo-jin & Gong yoo in it. love it so much…. and still on top of my list.

        It would be nice if they will do a reunion. but if ever not possible, i’m rooting for PARK SHI HOO with GongHyo-jin in her next project.

        She is no proto-type beauty but she surely can capture the heart of her audience with her charm. while Park Shi had proven his charisma, acting wise over time , so with his charm and looks. it would be nice to put this two together, of course, if i am in charge to scout the casting for this drama. The substance matters.

  5. Tarrasji

    First of all Shin Hyun Jun! but maybe Kang Sung Min or Kim Young Jae would be great for the role… They aren’t as famous though.

    Although Wonbin is my favorite actor, it’s just not his type of role and he doesn’t take on dramas anymore it seems or maybe they just haven’t been of interest to him…

    I will be waiting for good news! And hopefully Hyo Jin will take this project!^^

  6. Mystisith

    I like her. A genius lawyer without fighting spirit and a lost cause? It can be very dramatic or very funny. Or it can be a thriller. If they choose the rom-comish angle, it would be nice. Just don’t stick her with a serious actor like what happened with Can’t Lose (in reverse).
    Let’s check my list of darlings: Oh Man Seok, Kim Sung Oh, Lee Jang Woo (a ringworm newbie), Yoo Oh Sung (for you JoAnne)…

    • 6.1 canxi

      Kim Sung Oh would be awesome! That man really gets no love which is ridiculous. He’s versatile and he has eyes you drown in.

  7. jubilantia

    Yaaaaay Gong Hyo-jin! I’m with you on that last sentence wish.

  8. AnotherFan

    *Rubbing hands in eager anticipation* I really hope the deal comes through! The premise sounds refreshing and intriguing and I have so totally missed Gong hyo-jin

  9. Chimera

    Please let this be a dark thriller please let this be a dark thriller please…

    I’ve been craving my thriller shot ever since Vampire Prosecutor 2 ended. Speaking of which I can totally picture Yeon Jung Hoon as the leading man. Oh yes!

    Or Yoon Kye Sang? No, I refuse to let go of that ship. Dok Go Jin was awesome but these two belonged together, okay?

    • 9.1 Mari

      I second this!!
      Yeon Jung-hoon!!! Lets start a letter writing campaign to whoever is casting this!!

    • 9.2 jomo

      Yes to YKS in a big way!

      YJH may probably NOT take a similar role, but still, YES!

      Also like her with Jung Il Woo – There is a High Kick connection there…

      But really really really really really would like to see
      Kim Myung Min
      in this and in ANYTHING!

      • 9.2.1 Chimera

        Kim Myung Min? OMG yes yes yes!

        • Mystisith

          After the relative debacle of KOD, I would be surprised to see him in a drama again, or at least so soon. I would like to be proven wrong though.

        • AnotherFan

          Oh yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes for Kim Myung Min! Just finished marathoning KOD and I am desperately hopelessly in love with everything about it – the script, the directing, the music, and the acting! Never seen KMM in anything before and I am having a huge crush right now. What do I do? πŸ™

          • Chimera

            Marathon his other shows for more KMM goodness, of course. πŸ˜‰

  10. 10 trotwood

    I love Gong Hyo Jin. I will watch anything she is in. She just has such a compelling face. Even shows I did not like I kept watching becuase of her. I remember liking her even when she played the tough mean girl ( I cannot remember that show), and I am usually the one who hates the mean girls and cannot forgive them even when they get a turnaround story arc to put them with the 2nd lead.

    I like a lot of the suggestions listed, but as much as I want to see Hyun Bin (in anything!), I am going with Mystisith’s suggestion of Oh Man Seok. I actually felt a tinge of guilt for not thinking of him when I saw his name. He would be perfect with her!

    • 10.1 Lizzy4e

      Oh Man Seok would be perfect in anything! (wait, just finished a drama he was in so I might be temporarily biased) He would totally be great with Gong Hyo-Jin.

      Would love to see Oh Man Seok in more work.

      • 10.1.1 Annie

        He’s such a brilliant actor. I wonder why he doesn’t do more work.

        • Andy ain't lyin'

          Agreed, Oh Man Seok is top flight, by all means! He’s also a musical stage actor, so that probably takes up a lot of his time. Another actor who is consistantly great is Lee Pil-mo. He can do comedy, drama, you name it, and has great screen presense without having to get his roles just by being a “pretty-boy” like a few who have been mentioned… πŸ˜‰

  11. 11 MsB

    Love her! Will simply watch because she is in it!

  12. 12 bd

    Love GHJ, but think I liked GHJ has herself in Running Man the best.

  13. 13 Trina

    Hmm.. Goo Soo.. I soo miss him in kdramaland. Maybe Mr. HOTTIE Spy Lord…

  14. 14 girlatsea

    Omg yay!!!!! I’ve been rewatching Pasta and I had forgotten how much I love her. You could seriously put her with anyone and she’d make it work

  15. 15 Dimwit

    Won bin!

    I remember watching Guns and Talks in which GHJ and WB became quite a quirky couple and thinking that they should make a tv drama together…

    • 15.1 jomo

      One of my favorite films!!
      Loved them together, so cute.

  16. 16 Mel

    Lee Ki-Woo! He could be a pillar of justice.

  17. 17 canxi

    Gong Hyo Jiiiiin. Love her! I wanted her to work with Shin Ha Kyun in All About My Love, but now I’m eager to see who will be paired up with her next. I remember reading about someone she WANTS to work with but I can’t remember who it was. She might throw out that name as a casting choice. i think she is a big enough star to do that.

    But hmmm, if I had to pick… I dunno?!?!?!
    Hyun Bin?
    Lee Dong Wook?
    KIM JI SUK? OH MY GOD. KIM JI SUK. He needs a lead in something. And I feel them together would make me laugh forever now that I think about it.

    Ahhh man, I dunno o.o; Too many guys out there.

  18. 18 indie24

    YAY! I hope she accepts this project. I miss seeing her in K-dramas. Clearly, she’s one great actress no matter what genre she tackles.

  19. 19 azfiii

    JOO WON πŸ™‚
    even though i don’t know whether that’s possible what with him acting right now :/

  20. 20 Toystar

    I would love to see her with Gong Yoo again or Lee Dong Wook.

  21. 21 Noelle

    GONG YOO!!!

  22. 22 Enz

    I love gong hyo Jin too and on a side note, look at her head of hair! So shiny and thick and healthy looking. Hair envy.

    Song joong ki said one of the actresses he wants to work with is gong hyo Jin..so hopefully we get him too!!

    • 22.1 canxi

      I was gonna put him, too. I wonder if they’ll ask him because of that, lol. I love her with more mature, manlier guys, though. I like Song Joong Ki but he’s still baby-faced and adorable even though he CAN be very manly. So maybe someone older than her or her age.

      Or Daniel Choi like a lot of people said because he’s pretty mature and manly for his young age. He’s 26. Plus, it’d be nice to see him as a lead (again) and maybe romancing a lady who doesn’t pat him on the back in bed.

  23. 23 nik

    Jo Jung Seok please…whoever’s listening, or Daniel Choi, or, can they BOTH be in it??
    After School 2013, and King2Hearts, I had high hopes for these two actors, one is super-versatile and proved he is a force to be reckon with, stealing scenes left and right in the just TWO dramas and ONE movie that he was in, the other struck me with how he portrayed the jaded, indifferent teacher who turns out to actually have a heart in School; combine these two with Gong Hyo Jin who has never let me down, and we the perfect killer dramacast…I’d die happy if this comes true ^^

  24. 24 juliesean

    What abt ha jung woo ? he was the co star in Love Fiction. She also join him in his road movie where they walked across Korea. He is awesome !

    • 24.1 Simple Orange

      Definitely. Love them in Love Fiction. Would love to see them in a drama. πŸ˜€

  25. 25 kfangurl

    LOVE Gong Hyo Jin!! <3 This sounds like something that she'd be perfect for! πŸ˜€

  26. 26 kfangurl

    Also – I can’t help but hear drama titles talking in my head:

    Like, “Can you hear my heart?”

    “I can hear your voice”

    LOL! πŸ˜›

  27. 27 Simple Orange

    I want Jung Woo Sung. I prefer her with someone little bit older than her, a mature gentleman kind of guy (not those flower boy).

    But I do pray that she’ll take on this drama or any drama. I miss her. Come back Hyo Jin unnie. Drama hasn’t been really special without you.

  28. 28 Celery


    Or the innocent man of the 1%.

  29. 29 altair

    Sigh! This drama sounds good, unfortunatelly I don’t like Gong Hyo Jin, so I’ll pass.

    • 29.1 Celery

      Why not? (Sincerely out of curiosity)

      I wouldn’t say I am a big fan of hers, but she definitely stands out from the rest of the cookie cutter actresses. At least I can tell her apart from the rest, lolol.

      And she can act (though I would say she’s pretty limited by her girl-next-door face).

  30. 30 Bengbeng

    it seems i’m the only one who likes Ha jung woo =)

    • 30.1 jomo

      He is the first one I always think of, too, but he has sooooo many film projects going, there is really no way he would do the sweat shop work of a drama.
      Not only acting in films, but directing.

    • 30.2 canxi

      I feel like even if he didn’t have all the projects, it would have still been avoided lest dating rumors start up again,lol. Poor Ha Jung Woo already got publicly friend-zoned, let’s not make that happen again XD.

  31. 31 redfox

    I donΒ΄t know who could play the male lead, but I would like it to be neither the accused nor a cynical prosecutor. Instead it would be great if it were a guy who was carefree and thought it wouldnt matter at all if people were criminals or not. and maybe has become a prosecutor or lawyer just cause it pays good.
    the question is: can people who are good in their job but without any idealism hold other peoplesΒ΄ fate in their hands? what is the priority: winning the cases or caring?

  32. 32 damianna

    gong hyo jin! i’m in if she’s in. any male lead could work with her. she’s adorable with lee sun gyun tho……

  33. 33 Miniri

    FIRST Dream High writer!!! yay~~

  34. 34 Uhnny

    Cha Seung Won. (again?!) Haha. Just kidding. I just finished watching The Greatest Love thus the hangover. Kekeke πŸ™‚ I was swept away by her performance in TGL.

    And oh…. Kim Myung Min and Gong Hyo Jin sounds promising. πŸ˜€ Why not?

    • 34.1 Celery

      We were the only two who voted for CSW And for the same reasons!

      Anyhoo, he has mentioned that he will be involved in a production (be it movie or tv series) come this March… so this is pretty timely news, no? *crosses fingers*

      • 34.1.1 Wengski

        I will vote for him too….hope it will funny again same as THE GREATEST LOVE….

  35. 35 John

    I didn’t recognize her at first. I saw her in the drama, Ruler Of Your Own World and the movie,Rolling Home With A Bull.

  36. 36 Lizzy4e

    She was the lead in my first K Drama. (Pasta)
    I loved it and her and have been hooked on K dramas ever since.

    I enjoy all her work and am eager to see more.

  37. 37 Lilian

    “Writing is Park Hye-ryun, of the sitcom Nonstop and Dream High (to be clear, just the first one).”

    haha..I couldn’t help but smile at that. I hated the first few episodes of fluff but once they got into the stories , I felt for the characters. Unlike the sequel!

  38. 38 charlene1020

    I am for Park shi hoo for the male lead! He is perfect for the role!

  39. 39 kpshyazn

    LOVE gong hyo-jin.

    Haven’t seen this name, why not Lee Sun-Kyun? lol, he’s my man-crush, HAHA. guy is awesome, my role model.

    2 of my favorite actor/actress meet again! YES, CHEF!

  40. 40 Mikunda

    Couldn’t it be someone else? I don’t care for her – she ruined it for me in Pasta, in Let’s go to school…, and a couple of others – she always plays exactly the same way, like it’s the same character over and over. So boring and non-creative. There are so many talented actresses out there. I hope they turn her down and get someone else.

  41. 41 chauchau

    OT: As soon as I read the title “I can hear your voice”, The song, “챠우챠우” from Deli Spice started playing in my head…”λ„ˆμ˜ λͺ©μ†Œλ¦¬κ°€ λ“€λ €….”Ahhhh..good times..good times…

  42. 42 veanne

    I think OH MAN SUK is the best choice looking forward to see 2 great actors being paired together!

  43. 43 Wengski

    For me the perfect match is CHA SEUNG WON, I love their chemistry and tandem. Im the avid fan of THE GREATEST LOVE DRAMA and i watched several times. Every time im watching it, it seems new to me…lol.

    Wishing to watch them again…Love you both.

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