Drama Casting & News
Daniel Choi joins the cast of new KBS drama Big Man
by | February 15, 2014 | 42 Comments

[The minion parade continues! Everyone, meet awcoconuts, here to help us keep abreast of drama news updates and the like. ‘Cause the pesky thing about news is, it just never ends. –javabeans]

Hello, I’m another new minion, and I’m looking forward to writing news updates and recaps for you all!

Onto the news: Daniel Choi is another Big Man. He joins Kang Ji-hwan in KBS’s new revenge drama, and will take on the role of chaebol heir and only son. It’s been roughly a year since his last television projects (School 2013, Anticipate Love), and in a step up from previous working-class roles (teacher, reporter, MD), Daniel continues down the Korean actor checklist by taking on the requisite chaebol role.

His character is an outwardly friendly and congenial man, but he proves to be a two-faced and cunning businessman who doesn’t hesitate to do whatever it takes to survive in business. As the only heir to the fictional Hyunsung Group (a mish-mash of Hyundai and Samsung?), he readily accepts his future as leader of Korea’s most powerful business conglomerate. However, his ascent to power is complicated by the revenge-seeking, orphan-turned-successful-business-leader played by Kang Ji-hwan.

Daniel Choi becomes entangled in a fierce love triangle for a woman (yet to be cast, who’s loved him for a long time) with his rival. It’ll be nice to see Daniel Choi explore an intense, multi-dimensional character, as up until now he has mostly played endearing and somewhat dorky leads or supporting males. (Yes, he was a bad guy in Ghost, but the dork roles have been much more plentiful.)

As previously noted, Big Man will air Mondays and Tuesdays after Full Sun beginning April 14.

Via TV Report


42 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Uj

    Welcome to DB awcoconuts 😀
    i like Daniel Choi…not so much into the drama though…doesn’t sound that interesting to me OTL

    • 1.1 Ivoire

      Hello awcoconuts, and a warm welcome to you!

      Like Uj, I really like DC as an actor. I have liked him in the roles I have seen him in, so far. I have a question, when has he been an MD? Was it in a drama, or in a movie?

      • 1.1.1 chorchi

        It’s in Babyfaced Beauty.

      • 1.1.2 Beng

        oh MD means merchandisers? not the doctor? I see =)

  2. redfox

    hi, awcoconuts.

    thank you for your effort.

    hmm, I hope he also brings something funny into the part, I think Daniel Choi is best with this subtle comic scenes that make you roll laughing with very little

    I must say these names get weirder by day though. sorry, really, I had to say it

    • 2.1 Mandy

      LOL, glad I’m not the only one to thinks so… Or the first one to say it out loud haha.

      Hey awcoconuts! Thanks for the news… Hope we have more recurring Big Man jokes. It’s the only reason I’m looking forward to this 😛

    • 2.2 divyrus

      I loved him so much in school 2013, just the way he talked and stared was so hot !!!!
      I can imagine him in a intense role easily !

      • 2.2.1 redfox

        he reminds me very much of this particular Estonian actor, who wears glasses just like DC´s character in School, and it is sort of… he is just talking and has this presence and charisma that he doesnt like, DO anything, and it still kind of you know, acupuncture? you dont even notice them but it works

  3. jomo

    Welcome! Thanks for sharing your time and talents with us.

    I hope he gets to be a bad guy we can love. He really was the best part of Ghost in the few eps we had him.

  4. Quiet Thought

    For some reason, at first glance, I read the plot description as: “Daniel Choi becomes entangled in a fierce love triangle for a woman (yet to be cast, who’s loved him for a long time) with the devil.”

    On reflection, that would make for a pretty original drama!

    • 4.1 Yimmi

      Haha! That made me laugh! I was scrolling up and caught your comment… so, awcoconuts my greetings down below but I’ll just stop and say hello again!

  5. Adal

    Woah! I’m excited. Two of my favorite actors. I just wish the plot was more interesting. Sign me on for the first few episodes. After that, we’ll see how it goes.

    • 5.1 Chandler

      I know! I love these two. I just can’t help but wish this were a rom-com…

    • 5.2 Nonsense

      Kang Ji-hwan is really really really NOT my cup of tea buuut Daniel Choi <3

      uuuu, ma'boy ( "man"), now I'll definitelly have to sacrifice my time for another melo.

  6. snow

    Kang Ji Hwan and Daniel Choi in one drama! That’s simply great 🙂

    Welcome awcoconuts..

  7. mskololia1

    Welcome aboard new drama recapper….For KJH, I’ll give this one a couple of episodes before deciding to continue.

  8. Annie

    I prefer KJH in romcoms. And I tolerate DC. But I’ll give it a try.

  9. pogo

    I loved him in School 2013, it takes a lot of charisma to not be rendered completely redundant by The Greatest Bromance Ever, but he did a great job of playing the cynical-but-eventually-softening teacher. Glad to see him back again, and he’s another one that I hope will move into lead roles full-time.

  10. 10 ilikemangos

    I need to see him headline a rom-com asap. His charms cannot be wasted.

  11. 11 canxi

    Hii coconuts 😀

    I love Daniel Choi. So much! Too much, lol. He’s such a pleasure to watch in everything that he does. I’ down for another revenge drama, though I haven’t seen Kang Ji Hwan in anything since Lie to Me O: It feels like a long time…

  12. 12 Noelle

    Hello and welcome!

    I might read recaps but not sure I’ll be tuning in. Don’t really enjoy business dramas but damn do I love Daniel Choi. He is just the cutest thing evah!

  13. 13 August

    Welcome awcoconuts! Your name reminds me of Dramabeans regular/frequenter ilikemangos. 🙂

    As an avid fan of Daniel Choi, I squealed with delight to learn that he was co-staring again with Jang Na-Ra in School 2013. I enjoyed them both in Babyfaced Beauty.

    Without a doubt, I was entertained by and definitely enjoyed Kang Ji-Hwan’s character in Incarnation of Money.

    • 13.1 ilikemangos

      We can be fruit buddies 🙂

    • 13.2 Fab

      Well that’s a great idea for the yet to be cast heroine: Jang Nara!

      Daniel Choi ánd Kang Ji Hwan in one drama, what a treat. 😀

      Thanks for the news Awcoconut!

      • 13.2.1 bjharm

        well other than a cameo in her father produced film she has not done any acting for almost a year now, so it is past time she took on a new project acting wise. Her last two korean drama where both KBS so you never know…

  14. 14 owl

    Hi awcoconuts -welcome! We want more and more and more to read, so recap away, it is much appreciated with this bunch 🙂 I’m a Daniel Choi fan as I see many are. Let’s rock!

  15. 15 jnewin

    Welcome Aw Coconuts! Nice name! It makes me hungry and thirsty. 🙂

  16. 16 Yimmi

    Just chiming in to say, ‘hello there awcoconuts!’ Thanks for keeping us up to date!

  17. 17 Carole McDonnell

    Glad to meet you, awcoconuts!!!!!!

    I really like Daniel Choi. He’s so weirdly uncomfortable in interviews. Thanks for the headsup

  18. 18 kanz

    Hello awcoconuts!
    Daniel Choi is cute and funny. He’s so endearing in everything he did.
    But the funnier part is Hyunsung (hyundai-samsung) lol

  19. 19 Orion

    Welcome, awcoconuts. I have not seen Choi in a darker role so I cannot speak of his melodrama skills, but I hope they know what they are doing.

    Kang Ji Hwan on the other hand is great with both romance and comedy, so I have full trust in him for such a role. I think the funny man image is some all might have seen, but he is great with melodrama too. A well-rounded actor.

  20. 20 Cam

    *raises arms & hands signs ROCKS ON*

    Whooooooo….That’d be freaking awesooooome!!

  21. 21 chan

    Hiya awcoconuts…. Thanks for joining.
    I so cant wait for this one to start airing. Loved Kang Ji Hwan in Hong Gil Dong and Incarnation. Such a fantastic actor.
    Daniel and Ji Hwan are both awesome but I am now curious who is going to play the lead actress.

  22. 22 unknownunknown

    Thanks for this news, awcoconuts. I look forward to reading more posts from you. 🙂

  23. 23 korfan

    Welcome awcoconuts! So nice to meet you!

    Thank you for the latest info.

  24. 24 Makoto

    Welcome Awcoconuts. 🙂
    Would love to see him in drama again. That character described above remind me a bit of Ha Jung Woo in HotS…
    Btw he wasn’t bad guy in Ghost, I think.

  25. 25 divyrus

    And welcome to db coconuts !!! 🙂

  26. 26 myra do

    Looking forward to this drama now that DANIEL CHOI is joining, such a great actor, FIGHTING!

  27. 27 Chiaki

    awcoconuts WELCOME!!! Your name is SUPER CUTE!!


  28. 28 Pipit

    Welcome awcoconuts ^_^
    Looking forward to hearing the news of the female lead.

  29. 29 Beng

    I saw Daniel Choi in Traffickers. He was a surprised in that movie. Don’t want to say more for those who haven’t watched it =)

    Welcome awcoconuts! looking forward to your recaps and newscaps =)

  30. 30 crzygal

    i’ll watch this coz of my other fave Kang ji hwan! miss him so much! yday i rewatched KJH in Be Strong Goom soon & luv his all over again! i can’t wait to see this! DC is ok but am not into him as much as i do KJH

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