Drama Casting & News
Lee Min-ho in new drama from star writer Kim Eun-sook
by | March 28, 2013 | 290 Comments

Lee Min-ho! Back in a drama! From “rom-com queen” writer Kim Eun-sook! So many feelings to feel! Don’t forget to breathe!

This is quite the power hookup, as far as big names go — Kim Eun-sook dramas are huge hits almost automatically, with A Gentleman’s Dignity and Secret Garden being her two most recent offerings. Perhaps the bigger accomplishment is that her dramas aren’t “merely” popular; they often have that extra little kick that make them pop-culture buzz projects, whether it’s due to a particular line of dialogue or a recurring joke or a blue sequined tracksuit. (Hand-stitched in Italy!)

This drama is titled (a little awkwardly) He Who Wishes To Wear the Crown, Endure Its Weight: Heirs. (I hope it’ll just go by Heirs in the way that the long version of Nice Guy’s title was only used on posters and promos.) There’s very little information available about the concept or story; we merely have writer Kim’s assurances that she is creating the hero just for Lee Min-ho, to suit him perfectly. Considering how her male leads have historically been very memorable, I have no doubt we’re in for an interesting role here.

I’ll admit that I’m not personally super excited about Kim Eun-sook’s work (I have major love-hate relationship with her shows), but I do think that having her name attached to a drama means it’s very likely going to be a fizzy, banter-filled, slick and glossy romantic comedy that audiences just love to eat up, which appeal to a wide age range of viewers, whether teenaged or ajumma-aged or older (hey, grandmas love romance too, right?). And I can definitely get onboard Lee Min-ho being in another romantic comedy.

As for Lee Min-ho… well, he’s Lee Min-ho. You know, I’ll call a spade a spade: Faith finally opened my eyes to the cracks in his acting facade, whereas previously I’d sincerely believed he had once-in-a-generation phenom potential. Now I’ll concede he is a pretty good actor for his age and experience level, but not without some obvious limitations, who has some work to do to upgrade to the next level of his craft. That said, Lee Min-ho does possess a rare spark that lives regardless of technical skill, and he may still be a once-in-a-generation actor in a pop-culture sense — damn, he is popular. It’s his special It Factor that makes him so exciting to watch… and no, the beauty doesn’t hurt.

Directing is Kang Shin-hyo, who worked on Tazza and Midas. Heirs will be 20 episodes long and plans to air on SBS later this year.

Via E Daily


290 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Kay

    Sooo excited!!!! I <3 lee min ho!

    • 1.1 otchosais

      IKR!!! Smexy HAWT creatures…

      waaahhh!!! LEE MIN HO ssi!

      Excited for his Rom-Com! πŸ™‚

      hope he will have a girl with a BAD-ASS character
      and I hope not with too HUGE age gaps…

      could they have an actress his age? or even a year younger? πŸ˜€

      or I could watch him with YEH as well πŸ™‚


      • 1.1.1 Marjan

        I agree with you dear otchosais!!
        I have read something on a website! It is about the leader actress :S :'((
        I have not heard about her,she does not seem talented!!
        her name is “Krystal”!
        also another actress called “Jiyoung”!!
        do you know them??
        they are not popular!!!!

        • Wilda

          Krystal idol from f(x)
          Jiyoung idol form Kara

        • alysha

          how can you not know them….

    • 1.2 Julia


    • 1.3 redfox

      very very exited! this made my day and it has barely started!
      what a GREAT FRIDAY.
      He is getting better and better and I have no doubt it will be good. spazzy. very electrified.

      and I want pink pants again.

    • 1.4 Kdramas

      Yes gawd!

  2. Ivoire


  3. Ace

    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Whatever it is, I’m gonna watch it!!!! πŸ˜‰ (haven’t read the post yet, just the title!)

    • 3.1 Ace

      I stopped watching the writer’s last drama at ep.2 because I felt it wasn’t as cracktastic as SG.

      Re: LMH’s acting in Faith – I really blame the director for that…for every little problem in Faith, it was the director’s fault. πŸ˜‰ Oh yeah, the write too because I heard she changed a lot of things in the drama. Just glad that the romance & chemistry with KHS was great. Hope this time, we get a good director too.

      *squeals again* It’s LMH! In a rom-com!!!! Yaaaay!

      • 3.1.1 skelly

        I also have a love/hate relationship with Kim Eun Sook’s works: I adored City Hall, I still watch it when I am feeling out of sorts with the current state of kdramas, but SeGa had some issues and I hated AGD with the power of a thousand burning suns.
        I like it best when she does strong female characters – or ones that show a lot of growth – and male characters that have a GOOD REASON for their jerkitude (because they are always jerks).
        I’m not sure what she will do with Lee Min Ho – he actually seems a bit nice and fluffy compared to most of her heroes.

        • Lovebug

          you captured my feelings regarding those dramas perfectly!

          • (permanent) visitor

            OMG me too!
            I *still* cannot for the life of me understand the love or even like of AGD.

        • bd

          “Some issues”?

          SG exemplified the WORST of K-dramas – clichΓ©-filled story line and dialogue, stereotypical one dimensional characters, supporting characters who really had nothing to do and were just “filler,” storylines that went nowhere and were inexplicably dropped w/ no resolution, subpar to bad acting, etc.

          • AnotherFan

            If you are in the minority, you will at least have me in your team about SG. I also “cannot for the life of me understand the love or even like of SG”! πŸ™‚

        • jane

          For me it’s the opposite: I LOVE this writer and her work but I strongly dislike Lee Min Ho’s acting. He is very limited especially in dramatic scenes. He’s no Hyun Bin that’s for sure…..sigh

      • 3.1.2 redfox

        I think you are right. he did exactly what he was told to do. thing is, if you tell him anything, he will do it. if you tell him to out-do himself, he will. he is like the “absolut Boyfriend” guy. just give however outrageous command, he can still do it. but if you give mediocre guiding…

        but no, I cannot call him mediocre. anything but that.

        what I think gives him his “spark” is this…..honesty? sincerity? and there is no … you know, there is no fluffy pride, he is not the type of actor who is always self-aware, like “I am the best!”. He is modest.

  4. afth120

    “I can definitely get onboard Lee Min-ho”, too…oh wait, it that what you meant?

    • 4.1 Paul

      good one. discovering her faustian slip.

      • 4.1.1 Annie

        Freudian πŸ˜‰

      • 4.1.2 Meghan

        Freudian slip **

      • 4.1.3 Sailoruiverse

        I, too, am in the “Freudian” camp. But I guess, in afth120’s defense, to get “onboard Lee Min Ho” you pretty much have to make a deal with the devil? =P

        • Sailoruiverse

          Correction: Paul’s defense*

    • 4.2 nadia

      lol πŸ™‚
      Lee Minho ,I LOVE YOU

  5. epuda

    I am totally looking forward to it. Feast! feast feast on Lee Min Ho!!!!yum!!!!!!

  6. Monch

    Yeiiiiiiiiiiiii, Lee Min Hot is back, so excited πŸ˜€

  7. Kandiboo

    YES! haha, Faith was a tad disappointing, but more of MinHo galore!!!!!!

  8. loveee

    Lee Min Ho is back in the house baby!! I missed him, didn’t really like faith even though I forced myself to watch it halfway.

  9. Amberscube

    Ahhhhh…. Excited for this.

  10. 10 pigtookie

    “Faith finally opened my eyes to the cracks in his acting facade…”

    yep, same here. but he’s been great in at least two hit dramas (bof, city hunter) and he’s still fairly young.

    • 10.1 Waiting

      Just curious…

      What cracks does everyone see regarding his acting and what do you feel he does well…outside of that “IT factor” that I absolutely agree he’s got.

      I really am curious what you all see. πŸ™‚ I’d like to sharpen up my “analyze the acting” skills.


      • 10.1.1 mav

        In my case what I noticed the most is that he needs good directing. If he does not get it you can tell by the strength in the performance, it weakens, it is by no means bad, it just looses its punch and it gets harder for the audience (i.e me) to connect with his character.

        And the It Factor thing, is that you can’t look away, even if the acting lost its punch you just can’t look away. Its not the pretty/ hotness, yes the guys hardly come hotter and handsomer than that, but handsome man in k-ent there are plenty. He has some magnetism, or something that just pulls you in.

        And I know that a sound like a crazy fan, but while I may be his fan, I’m not the type that squeals and thinks ‘oppa is perfect’, cause God know couldn’t finish Faith.

        • Betsy Hp

          I agree about the need for good directing… But in Faith‘s case the directing was so outstandingly bad I almost hate to put any responsibility on LMH. His strength is in his subtlety (little twitches of reaction, etc.) and that director didn’t let any subtlety through. (There were seriously times when it was like the director thought, “This calls for an emotional response! Quick! Film the back of his head!”)

          The actors who did alright picked up on the director’s lack and went big and it seemed like, to me, LMH couldn’t adjust, didn’t have the experience or confidence to find his character on his own and bring it forward with a vengeance. So he kind of… faded.

          It might have been different if he’d been doing a comedy and could go silly (like in BOF — not a comedy but the characters were pretty broad), but he had a serious role so…

          But I just can’t imagine what that set was like to work on. The experienced actors had to see how badly they were getting screwed, and LMH was the lead and so he must have felt responsibility and yet at the same time, he was one of the least experienced (first historical, right?) and with the lack of direction you know he got… it must have been so, so frustrating.

          (Heh. This post got really long. Obviously, I’ve had thoughts. ;))

          • Gidget

            Thanks Betsy Hp! I’ve wondered for a long time what people were referring to. I heard “flaws” and “bad directing” a bunch of times, but your post makes sense of those comments.

            One of the upsides and downsides of needing to rely on subtitles is that interpreting the acting is a bit like the experience of reading a book. Unless the acting is particularly assertive, it’s possible to ‘read’ pretty much anything into the performance that you want. (Closest analogy that I can think of: a book is always better than the movie that’s based on it.) So when people say ‘the performance was flat’ lacks helpful context. It leaves me thinking: do they mean Keanu Reeves flat, Brad Pitt flat, or *insert name of any top dramatic actor* in a troubled project flat?

            It helps to have someone take the time to post a diplomatic and thoughtful analysis.

      • 10.1.2 alua

        His acting sometimes just feels a bit flat?

        I don’t know, I’d have to go rewatch his stuff to be more specific. πŸ˜›

        I think he was perfect for City Hunter, but I dropped Faith after like 5 episodes, Personal Taste was okay but nothing amazing. Didn’t get far with Boys over Flowers (the Japanese version & Matsujun beat the K one hands down IMO).

        Unfortunately, LMH doesn’t even do anything for me in the looks department (he’s fine looking, but not exactly my type).

        I might try this though – pending for details on the script. I’ve only watched Kim Eun-sook’s Secret Garden, which did have me hooked but also had me shaking my head at times (Binnie and Ha Ji-won made all the difference though).

      • 10.1.3 favoree

        I think we all like him best when he gets out of his shell of a glossy Flower boy and shows us some amazingly raw and real emotions , and this is most certainly his X factor. He lets us see “beneath his beautiful”. And yes,Javabeans, the beauty doesn’t hurt at all. The guy’ is phenomenaly photogenic.

        Have you ever noticed, ladies , that LMH is always at his best towards 5-8th episodes of the dramas , when the main conflict unfolds, then gradually he loses the mojo. This was especially true in Faith ( my dear god, this could be his best drama, if written, directed and filmed in a proper way).
        LMH’s speciality is dramatic acting, he is not good when too nice and fluffy. I miss Pu Chai, and the wild general Choi Young.
        I totally hate watching LMH’s interviews: his political correctness, good manners and politeness give me nausea.
        As for the cracks in his acting: he needs a good director or a very good partner. Basically, he needs to be leaded by the director or the partner, then he shines. His reactions are amazingly good. If forced to lead ( as it happened in Faith), his acting becomes shallow and untalented immediately.

      • 10.1.4 Ivoire

        Hello Waiting,

        I really love your question and I would love to answer it, which I will hopefully today (tonight, DB time) or over the weekend (I have to go and deal with real life πŸ™ ). Thank you for asking for our opinions and for being interested in what we see (in this case regarding LMH) and why we see it that way. I have done the same thing, asking questions about directing, and acting in the past, on Open Thread.

        So, if you remember to check back here over the weekend, my answer will hopefully be posted. Please let us know what you think as well. Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. 11 noernov

    Just Lee Min Ho already got me hook πŸ˜€

  12. 12 roro

    who are his friends????? omg.. hope someone like jung so min to be casted as his female lead :p

    • 12.1 Meghan

      That would be amazing. Jung So Min needs a hit drama so she can get some more exposure. She’s so underrated.

    • 12.2 Grace

      Uhm, I love her, but she’s too short for LMH πŸ™‚

      • 12.2.1 Meghan

        I think height differences like that is adorable. πŸ™‚

      • 12.2.2 grace, the one from Jersey, USA

        Hello “other” Grace! πŸ™‚

        Where are you from?


    • 12.3 Jen

      I totally forgot about her! She’s got really good range, too bad all the limelight goes to idols.
      LMH and her would look really good together πŸ˜€

  13. 13 Ahsoka

    I really hope it’s good!! Lee Min Hot <3

  14. 14 J.REAL

    The drama is a reverse version of gentleman’s dignity about four young men student and another four young women. It’s a Boys Over Flowers+Gossip Girl kind of drama. f(x)’s Krystal, KARA’s Jiyoung and another rookie actor, I forgot the name is considering the drama.

    • 14.1 Ace

      Ack dramagods, no please! Not idols in a LMH drama! But I’d go for four hotties. My wish list:

      Song Joong-ki
      Sung Joon
      Kim Soo-hyun
      Choi Siwon
      Jung Il-woo
      Yoo Ah-in
      Lee Hong-ki
      Kim Kibum

      πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

      • 14.1.1 Kiara

        Problem with this list is most are better actors then Lee Min-ho and I hate to see any of them play second fiddle to a an actor just because he is more popular especially Song Joong-ki and Kim Soo-hyun. Lee Min-hoo has a long way to go before he gets to their acting level.

        • favoree

          If I were him I would take challenge to act with Song Joong-ki, it is always good to grow. As for Kim Soo Hyun- I don’t see any challenge here. KSH is overrated much, to my opnion.

          • Kiara

            I dont see LMH taking anything less than the lead role in the future. I think his popularity is way too big for him to step back or share the spotlight with another actor even if the other actor is the talented Song Joong-ki.

            KSH is not as overrated as LMH in my opinion. I’m still ticked that he won the daesang award over 2 amazing veteran actors (Shin Ha-kyun and Han Suk Kyu) but I cant deny that he has grown A LOT as an actor. After watching him took a small role in Giant and I was impressed and said to myself, this kid is gonna make it big someday and he did it. Same thing with Song Joong-ki after watching him in Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

            I think LMH wasn’t ready for a sageuk. I think he did Faith because of the star writer Song Ji-Na and PD Kim Jong-Hak. They have a reputation for making some of the most successful dramas in Korea like Sandglass, Eye of Dawn etc. These 2 should have been on the writer and PD WTF happen list of 2012.

      • 14.1.2 kay

        hah i have to giggle a little at the no idols! unless they’re male hotties like siwon and hongki

      • 14.1.3 ilikehim

        Lol, no idol…yet your wishlist consists of Choi Siwon, Lee Hongki, and Kim Kibum?

    • 14.2 mav

      There are so many good young actresses and actors out there… why must I endure crappy Idol acting. Lets face it, while some are indeed good, and others decent, the majority just suck…….. suck so bad I can’t watch…

    • 14.3 skelly

      Oh please no. BOF + Gossip Girl + AGD??? I can’t tell you how many ways this sounds horrible, especially when you add a bunch of non-acting idols to the mix.

      • 14.3.1 favoree

        I agree here. What can be more horrible than this combo? Or no, did LMH decide to go all commercial and make some big bucks before he goes to the army?
        I thought he was into good acting. Given that he likes Leo Di Caprio.
        If these rumors are true, then it seems like he wants to cater to the asian market now. Probably this drama is the same case as the Love Rain- the investors dictated the writing.

        • wanne

          He’s already very popular in Asia though. As popular as the idols and more.

    • 14.4 ilikehim

      Hopefully they are in consideration for some supporting roles.
      I trust KES to pair LMH with a leading lady of his level, she who paired Hyun Bin with HJW and JDG with KHN.
      I liked SeGa but I could not finish AGD.

  15. 15 welma

    SO EXCITED!!!! πŸ™‚
    Lee Minho! Welcome back

  16. 16 dulcedeleche

    ahh this has made my day! After Faith – which was really really disappointing I am ready for my Lee Min Ho fix!

  17. 17 Rashell

    The Easter Bunny came early for me! Yay! My boyfriend is in a new drama and a rom/com at that.

    I share some of the love/hate that JB does with this writer, but I still tend to enjoy her dramas overall. But really it’s Lee Min Ho. She could write him knitting for 20 hours and I’d watch.

    • 17.1 Waiting


  18. 18 jomo

    Yeah, well, lately, it has been a love HATE relationship, as in I do love parts of what she has done, be what I HATE i really really really hate.

    LMH can do no wrong in my eyes. I love love love him.

    What a stupid title.
    You know we are going to end up with Hairs somehow. It’s bound to happen.

    And the age appropriate leading lady will be?
    Guesses? PSH!!!

    • 18.1 Annie

      I saw that she was considering Swords and Flowers for KBS, so maybe no dice on that front?

      I think/hope/pray that Kim Eun Sook will push for a rookie actress as the lead. We desperately need new leading ladies up in here.

    • 18.2 messi

      ‘Hairs’? lol πŸ™‚
      That completely change the meaning of whole sentence. rofl πŸ™‚

      • 18.2.1 redfox

        aaand the morning porridge is now inside my nose. thank you, “hairs”.

    • 18.3 Rin

      Park Shin Hye ( assuming that PSY is her) is all over the place these days. She’s great but can we please have somebody else? i have a feeling that it’ll be Han Ji Min. Since she’s from Jang Dong Gun and Kim Ha Neul agency as well as Hyun Bin when he was in SeGa

      • 18.3.1 danteee

        if it’s Han Ji Min, then I’m totally in! tho as long as the female lead is not an idol i’m ok…

        i kind of wish park bo young would be casted..!!

        • Gabby

          Park Bo Young would be awesome. I’ve never seen Han Ji Min in anything, but I’ve always liked her in interviews/etc. and I haven’t really heard her acting being criticized, so that’s good. I hope to God that idols aren’t cast; and I say that as a Krystal fan (as she’s “supposedly” one of the females being considered) because I want to see her work to distinguish herself more in supporting roles instead of making an undeserved and premature jump to leading lady, which is a surefire way to garner antis.

        • be5t4r

          yeah… agree…. i like Han Ji Min to be his co star…

          oh man my mind now goes imagination it…….

    • 18.4 Maris

      I have noticed that Park Shin Hye is becoming selective in the roles she undertakes……DWIAG , FBND and miracle of room 7. She looked great with LMH in all the ads but a lot will depend on the character to be played. Furthermore, it seems that she is already interested in Sword and flower

  19. 19 Rin

    mannnn i’m excited!!! please please please let it be a spunky leading lady for this drama.pleaseeee

  20. 20 welma

    Kim Eun Sook is
    well known for creating strong,
    male lead characters that haven’t
    been surpassed by anyone, so i am looking forward to what
    she will bring into Lee Min Ho’s
    new transformation.

  21. 21 nadia

    LOL with a title like the
    “Heirs” it looks like we’ll have
    another jerk of a rich boy to follow
    on from Hyun Bin in Secret Garden
    and Jang Dong Gun in A
    Gentleman’s Dignity.

    • 21.1 nakai

      This drama would be like F44 in their school days.

      • 21.1.1 ilikehim

        So regular F4? Lol

  22. 22 donny

    I hope Yoona gets to be the leading lady. Or maybe Kim So Eun. KSE is actually a really great actress but she’s always underrated. A lot better than PSH.. No offense to all the PSH fan. Or maybe they need to bring back MinMin couple. Par Min Young. She’s hot.
    So, it’s either Yoona, Kim So Eun or Park Min Young.

    • 22.1 Annie

      You might be on to something here – Yoona and LMH both were in an ad campaign together recently. It looks like there may be heavy SM involvement in this drama so I wouldn’t be surprised if Yoona gets cast. I would be sad, but not surprised.

      • 22.1.1 maldita

        Eh. The Yoona + Lee Minho ads have been going on for a good couple years, actually. So it’s not like SM’s suddenly gunning for Yoona to be paired up with him.

    • 22.2 AnneAkemi

      I think I’ll pass on Yoona, but like the idea of Kim So Eun. She was really funny and adorable in Horse Doctor and it would be nice to see her in a leading role. Otherwise maybe Moon Chae Won, Han Hyo Joo – or if he is going with someone a little more older again, maybe Song Ji Hyo (love her on Running Man!).

      • 22.2.1 danteee

        i doubt it’s going to be song ji hyo, she’s currently doing a drama with lee dong wook.

        i would also pass on yoona, i hate seeing idols as female leads! i also like the idea of kim so eun, she should be getting lead roles instead of some lucky female idols who i will not name~

    • 22.3 rumpel

      YOONA and LMH is just…. a VISUAL COUPLE for me. An ad campaign for them is enough. Besides, Yoona has not yet impressed me with her acting. No offense to her fans, I mean she’s really pretty and obviously the camera loves her pretty face. But her acting is just..okay but not enough for me to keep watching her drama.

      And here it goes… PARK MIN YOUNG, another pretty pretty. I liked her in Sungkyungkwan Scandal but the rest of her dramas, she’s just…meh. I don’t know if i’m the only one but i’m not really into her in City Hunter.

      I like the idea of KIM SO EUN. She rocked her princess role which is extremely hilarious and sweet in Horse Doctor. Given that KSE is really charming, I think her charm really fits in a rom-com.

      I’m also thinking of JUNG SO MIN. She’s great actually, I really liked her in Playful Kiss and Can we get married. It’s just that a big project is needed for her.

      But I can’t see the chemistry with LMH with neither of KSE and JSM. But I like them that I’m hoping they will be in this drama. As second leads perhaps?

      HAN HYO JOO or SHIN MIN AH will be a great choice for LMH’s leading lady.

      • 22.3.1 Nilechoclat

        I heard that PMY will have new drama with Jang geun Suk Is it true ???

        • ilikehim

          God, I would love to see Jang Geun Suk in a drama again. I really did love him in YB. but that was 2009 and he’s had some bad dramas, bad hairstyles and bad fashion.
          hopefully he friggin trims his hair and tone down his craziness so I can revive my love for him. also, a good script and a good leading lady help.

    • 22.4 Nilechoclat

      And as I am Park shin hye fan she won’t got in this drama she considering to start new historical Revenge Romance drama so I hope she will accept the role but if she refuse it that bcz her busy schedule Her tours and Graduation project so don’t be so angry she won’t accept Heirs with Lee Min Hoo πŸ˜€

    • 22.5 lulu

      I like Yoona opposite Lee Min Ho , there is rumor there is gonna be at least one idol in this cast, and Yoona and Uee are only female idols i can think of that have leading lady experience!!!!

      But i would also like Park Min Young! I think she would make great couple with him!

  23. 23 messi

    He’s going to play a rich
    guy, a jerk most likely from the
    never liked any of her shows. And
    is he playing a teenage high school character?
    Please, don’t let this be; as much as
    I love him, he’s a bit old to play a
    teenager, college age I approve.

  24. 24 Mystisith

    *Fist pump and hoorray!*
    LOL! Now I will have to like LMH… which is not an obvious thing for me.
    But I trust that writer and I would follow her in anything. Saying that I’m excited is an euphemism.
    If there is one thing that I love with KES, it’s that way she has of molding her characters for the person cast (it’s mostly true for the men, a little less for the ladies). I can totally see her doing a grilling session on LMH: “What are you good at? What are your weaknesses, what are your hobbies, your habits, your friends…” And then we will find all that incorporated in his character.
    Basically we are almost in April and HEIRS will be aired this summer: Everyone has enough time to prepare quietly (no pressure guys ^^). I’m wondering who will be cast as LMH’s partner? I would like to be a fly on the wall. πŸ™‚

    • 24.1 momosa

      Pray no idol female cast & not any of those actresses that cannot act.

      Re-watch Faith (I know, I know), missed him that much & that’s the only show I have no problem with the actress.

      Please give us a good female lead this time…pretty please.

  25. 25 linda

    Lee minho + Han hyoju Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. 26 jessy

    Yeayyy,Lee Minho is back!!!I cant wait for this drama, I hope the director can choose suitable female lead role and I hope they can cast Go Hye Sun..

    • 26.1 messi

      Nooooooo! Gu Hyesun, no.
      That would be a disaster.

      • 26.1.1 Mystisith

        Geez, no! KES writes hot scenes and kiss scenes like nobody business and LMH is a natural kisser. I don’t want a stiff girl to be paired with him, thank you very much!

        • momosa

          I know what you mean..he is so natural that it’s bothering porn.

        • skelly

          Oh Mysti, so true!

        • Birdie

          Don’t worry . It is a high school drama . Just like BOF, the pd will not allow lips moving. So don’t blame the girl. The pd determine what kind of kisses he want. If it is school kids watching, we can’t allow them to get ideas. lol

      • 26.1.2 Hannah

        Agree, NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    • 26.2 wanne

      LOL at the reaction to this comment.
      I agree with Mystisith!

    • 26.3 Gabby

      Hell no.

  27. 27 snow_white

    Lee Min Ho!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

    I hope they take Park Shin Hye opposite him πŸ™‚

    The title is sooooooo long….

    • 27.1 snow_white

      I have more options:

      Kim So Eun
      Han Hyo Joo

      • 27.1.1 linda

        shin min ah
        moon chae won
        Park boyoung

    • 27.2 skelly

      Please no Park Shin Hye – he needs to be paired with someone who actually seems interested in physical contact.

      • 27.2.1 sogazelle

        Yoon Eun Hye will be perfect!

      • 27.2.2 hana

        lol oh please! Shinhye has another offer for herself too
        Even if you want her she might not be able to do it

        • skelly

          Good, because I’m heartily sick of her.

          • SistAr

            more like you’re jealous of her working with a lot of hot male co-stars eh?

          • Maris

            So sorry to see anyone feel this way about Shinhye because I really like her a lot. Hope that in some future projects she is able to change your views about her. Meanwhile, lets hope we enjoy the drama with whoever is finally chosen.

          • nouastella

            Sick of her? What a heavy word to say. She’s not even considering this one. Why make a negative comment? Don’t worry cos she’s considering taking up another drama that best suits her. And I hope will showcase her potential as an actress.

            And as for getting sick of her, well, I’m looking forward to her dramas and projects. She deserves it.

            As for the drama, I hope the script is good and the leading actress has chemistry with LMH. Good luck!

  28. 28 korfan

    Lee Min-ho! …… it’s always nice to see him.

  29. 29 Jenny Hu

    add in a little of jung il woo and kim kibum and we’re sold, no need for a plot line just have they chill and hang out =D

  30. 30 wits

    *Hyperventilating… forgot to heed.. your.. warning.. to.. breathe! LMH! Lee.Min.Ho. ’nuff said.

    If the rumours are true and they assemble a new f4… I vote for Jung Il-woo and Kim Bum (pleezzz!!!) with Kim Woo Bin, Jung Soon or Lee Jong-seok.

    For a leading lady, I wish for only one… YEH! Definitely NO idols please!

    • 30.1 sogazelle

      YEH all the way. She will have explosive chemistry with LMH.

      I think her bubliness(not sure if that’s the correct word) will complement his shy character perfectly, and she’s not short.

      • 30.1.1 skelly

        I don’t know what would be worse – to have a stiff female like GHS or PSH, or to have YEH but have the story be some high school drama so no real kisses. Sigh.

  31. 31 Hannah

    Lee Min Ho in a romcom?? I am so there!!!!!

  32. 32 May

    Welcome back to our world LMH!

  33. 33 Sajen

    For me Kim Eun-sook is hit or miss, I loved Secret Garden, On Air, City Hall, ans Lovers in Paris, but I’ve been indifferent to everything else she’s written. As for Lee Min Ho I didn’t like Faith and I’m the only person on earth who didn’t like City Hunter, so I’ve yet to be impressed.

    Who’s going to be his leading lady?

    Personally I’d like it to be Im Joo Eun or Han Groo, cause they’re both awesome and currently free.

  34. 34 Auren

    Best news ever !!!!!!! Yay yay yay – I totally forgot to breathe πŸ™‚ LMH

  35. 35 Meghan

    So from another site that posts up translations of media articles, it sounds like this is a high school drama? But isn’t Minho a bit old to be playing a high school student? Hmmmm.

    And with a high school setting I think it’s most likely we will get a young actress opposite him, or an idol. Rumors are Krystal from f(x) and Jiyoung from KARA are being considered for a lead role. So hmmm. If they’re going to cast an idol, I hope they at least cast one who has experience and can act.

    • 35.1 wanne

      I hope it’ll be a university/college setting instead of high school. We rarely have dramas with that setting.

    • 35.2 Fudge

      Please NOT A HIGH SCHOOL drama for LMH, AGAIN. I mean, he already had this mature roles in Personal Taste and City Hunter then had this role in Faith which is really far from a high school boy. Just the thought of jumping into a high school boy AGAIN is just… WEIRD.

      In terms of her potential leading lady, I hope she’s good enough for LMH. I mean, her popularity must match LMH’s status and has good dramas under her belt. And let’s add the age gap, I hope she’s not too old for him (will not exceed 3 years older). I’m thinking about YOON EUN HYE or HAN HYO JOO or MOON CHAE WON or SHIN MIN AH will be a great choice.

      As for the second leads, rising stars is a good choice! KIM WOO BIN and KIM SO EUN perhaps.


      • 35.2.1 cheekbones

        Ah, he did say he wanted to play a high schooler again in his recent interviews. So, this drama was what he’s talking about.

        • Fudge

          Aww too bad. Because with the looks of it, what I picture is “Heirs” is going to be like, he’s a son from very rich family and the heir of big company. He will be that “popular guy” in their school, that playboy and bad boy type just like the lead guy from Secret Garden and A Gentleman’s Dignity. And then… there, he will meet his fist love. Huh, sounds more like of Boys Over Flowers season 2.

          And besides does he look too old for a high schooler? And I bet he will be paired with some noona A-lister actress because it seems Kim Eun Sook only works with A-list actresses such as Ha Ji Won, Kim Ha Neul, Kim Sun Ah etc.

  36. 36 gayu312

    hi very Much excited for hiatus drama! I want goo hye sun again…and she is very pretty…no one can deny BOF was a daebak with lee min ho – goo hye sun cast πŸ™‚ many might scold her but she is a great actress according to me..

  37. 37 bd

    Kim Eun-sook’s “romcoms” may be popular, but if “Secret Garden” is a prime exemplar, they aren’t well written.

    • 37.1 alua

      I think Secret Garden works overall (and I think the actors and their intensity is to thank for that for a good part), but I’d agree, I don’t think it’s is a superbly written drama. There are some holes and some dialogue just made no sense to me at all.

      That said, I couldn’t stop watching – it sort of hooks you.

  38. 38 lenrasoon

    lmao i love Kim Eun-sook dramas, they so addictive, so i’m watching this.

    I just wanted her to write better female characters, they all good on paper but end up being kinda beige (although she wrote ‘City Hall’ which Kim Sun Ah’s character was great), but basically her dramas are a vehicle to male actors.

    • 38.1 Kiara

      City Hall was the only drama that she wrote that I really enjoyed. I never finish watching SG or AGD.

    • 38.2 asianromance

      So true about her dramas being vehicles for male actors! Because of that, I tend to forget that she wrote City Hall, where Kim Sun Ah really shined.

      I hope in this drama, the female lead is the one who gets all the lovable quirks and quotable lines.

  39. 39 lemondoodle

    I’m happy to see him back in dramaland, though truthfully I’ve never been a huge fan of his dramas and or this writer. I couldn’t finish Secret Garden or A Gentleman’s Dignity. I’ll still watch this though.

    • 39.1 wanne

      I didn’t finish Secret Garden or Gentleman’s Dignity too because they were so dragging but I do think the writer is very romantic with her writing. I finish all LMH dramas so I think with him on board, I will watch this drama fully.

    • 39.2 DayDreamer

      I’ve never been a fan of his dramas either…..hence I never watched anything he was in….hence I can’t join the general crowd of happy fans here, heh.

  40. 40 J

    Since KES had historically only cast A listers on her dramas, can we please ditch the idol names and cast Han Hyo Joo/Han Ji Min/ Park Bo Young (newfound fame thanks to Wolf Boy)/Moon Chae Won pleaseee???

    • 40.1 Toystar

      Me 2 Moon Chae Won gets my vote. LMH & MCW would make me watch.

    • 40.2 Ace

      He already starred opposite Moon Chae-won in Mackerel Run…

  41. 41 wanne

    I’m very excited for a Lee Min Ho – Kim Eun Sook combo.

    LMH is never that really great actor to me. He got his strength and weakness but what makes me have special affection for him is his ‘IT’ factor that could probably be his great charisma. I just hope he doesn’t become too cautious with his look when acting. It works in City Hunter And Personal Taste because it fit his character but not in Faith. I love him even when I didn’t find him handsome at all in Boys Over Flower. So if he wants real recognition as an actor, that is what I think the hindrance that he should get over with.

    Anyway, like LMH, KES is not a perfect writer as well. But their strength is what makes people strongly attracted to them/their work regardless of the flaws they have. KES’s drama tends to drag a lot but her writing is really romantic. She used to work with PD Shin Woo Chul (who is directing Gu Family Secret now) so I don’t know if the new PD can portray her writing just as good or maybe better.

    One thing that excite me less though, this drama sounds like another Boys Over Flowers with the heirs and the school theme. I don’t watch to watch LMH playing the same thing so I hope it won’t be that similar.

  42. 42 Peeps

    You know, I sometimes wish that Kim EunSook would team up with some other good writer(s) who is/are good at handling story plot-lines. If that happens, we might get a totally Daebak story with strong, quirky, memorable characters and a logical, well-thought out, intriguing plot. Wouldn’t that just be drama paradise? Sort of like Reply 1997 or School 2013, with that famous Kim EunSook crack factor.

  43. 43 crazedlu

    he’s okay. if they cast the girl well, i will be tuning in, though. ha.

  44. 44 Christy

    Hopefully this drama’s PD will bring out the amazing Lee Min-ho that Faith’s PD nearly failed to do. After all, a good director will help bring out the best of even the best actors while simultaneously hiding/controlling their limits. The bad directors just let all the pieces fall where they may.

    • 44.1 Kdramas

      Thank you! I am more worried about this than the female lead.

  45. 45 Sadie

    He lacks range, always cast in similar roles aside from Faith (which he sucked in). I know everyone here loves him but frankly, I find him very overrated.

    • 45.1 cherry89

      I second that πŸ™‚

      • 45.1.1 Lotus_Blossom


        • Oohlala


          • Leena


          • Kiara

            I so 6th that. I get that he is good looking but his acting left a lot to be desired.

    • 45.2 Oohlala

      Overrated is true. I feel like people only love him because of his looks tbh

      • 45.2.1 Kdramas

        Lmao, y’all just could wait to say that huh? I bet y’all will be watching though. Right? Haha.

        • Kfan

          Me two.

      • 45.2.2 CallieP

        Not true. I did not feel anything for LMH in BOF but his acting in City Hunter caught my eye. It was his role in CH that got me interested in him not his looks. His acting was excellent in CH. Looks was secondary.

    • 45.3 Uhnny

      I agree. πŸ™‚

    • 45.4 hana


    • 45.5 liz

      I agree. I think he is overrared, and most of it is due to his looks.

      LMH doesn’t do anything for me… I also cannot get this IT factor people are talking about here, he is a pretty boy (not my taste but I admit he is a pretty boy) but I find LMH very Bland…

      And I also didn’t like Secret Garden… Unless the drama be really a crack drama or cast one actor I really love, I won’t watch this.

      LMH is overrated and so are some of his dramas so…

      I already fear that this drama will win DB drama polls at the end of the year as : Best drama, best leading actor, best couple and ect.

      LMH is decent and can be good in some scenes (like City hunter he got some good scenes there, but he isn’t amazing like people make him be)

      • 45.5.1 Keylaa

        I couldn’t agree more! He always stuck in the same kind of roles. Most of his drama are boring an he’s usually gives the weakest performance in them void of any dramatic oomph in any line he delivers. Sure he’s objectively good looking, but he’s also objectively a mediocre actor. Watching him deliver lines in a drama is about as interesting as watching paint dry. Not impress by his acting,he needs more improvement just to get things done.

        He is one of the most overrated actors in korea, I just don’t understand why he gets so much publicity?

    • 45.6 AnotherFan


  46. 46 linda

    In the interview for faith’s Japan promo He gives score 50(out of 100) to his acting in faith. He is not afraid to admit his acting limitation and continue to pursue for improvement.
    I am hoping this time his co-star would be in similar age.

    • 46.1 CallieP

      Even though the female lead was not similar in age with LMH in Faith. I did not see that as a negative factor. Their chemistry was perfect. The age did not matter. She did not look older than him

  47. 47 blkasian

    I so love Lee Min-ho so please encourage our writer to hurry..hurry with this new drama. I am so-o excited.

  48. 48 maldita


    So excited. If Kim Eunsook writes him into another Kim Joowon-esque character, I’ll simultaneously die of frustration and happiness. This drama will be buzzed about, definitely.

    Hoping it isn’t the high school romance that other sites have been saying. Lee Minho isn’t exactly baby-faced, you know.

  49. 49 owl

    What awesomely perfect timing! I ff through Faith this week just for Lee Min Ho fix moments. Lots of ff, but slomo on LMH in fine form – ahhhh!

    The “It Factor” jb mentioned has a lot to do with his voice – it rolls so smoothly – Oh, and the looks, yeah, baby.


    • 49.1 momosa

      I did the same thing this week, marathoned Faith, ff thru but slomo at LMH & those Woodachi. His voice, how did he has a combo of two – looks & voice, only complaint though-not enough kisses, what a waste.

      • 49.1.1 owl

        yeah, what a waste!

    • 49.2 c-yan

      I actually even pause at him and stare deeply into his eyes imagining dirty things with that woodachi uniform of his! πŸ˜‰
      Sooooo excitedddddd

  50. 50 rumpel

    Given that KES is legendary, I surely think she will mind casting some idols AS LEADS in her drama which will cause of the probability of ruining it. So I don’t think the rumors are true. Besides it’s just a rumor. If it was, OF PLEASE. Just no!

    If it was a highschool drama (but I really hope they will be college that high school for more intense scenes) with a concept of Boys Over Flowers+Pretty Little Liars/Gossip Girl will be amazing! I just really hope no idols would be in it.

    I hope
    * Kim Woo Bin
    * Song Joong Ki
    * Kim Soo Hyun/ Jung Il Woo
    can join Lee Min Ho! Yaaaay! No plot is needed! Even the drama is really a crap and nonsense, I will surely finish it until the end!

    For the girls, I want:

    * Shin Min Ah
    * Han Hyo Joo
    * Park Bo Young
    * Kim So Eun
    * Jung Yumi
    * Park Ha Sun

    • 50.1 addylovesbwood

      Jung Soo Min & Jung Yumi

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