FINALLY. We have a heroine! After multiple rounds of casting news and false alarms, the Korean drama remake of Nodame Cantabile — called Cantabile Romance — has secured its leading lady. The fantastically talented Shim Eun-kyung (Miss Granny) has at last signed on to play Nodame, opposite Joo-won (Good Doctor) who has been attached to the project since April. Shim was an early favorite to play the heroine, but bowed out due to scheduling conflicts for her movie Waiting For You; fan outcry during subsequent casting rounds left the role unfilled, and once her movie got pushed back, producers successfully wooed her back.
The fall KBS Monday-Tuesday series is a university campus drama about classical musicians. It’s being produced by Group Eight (Boys Before Flowers, Tamra the Island, Goong, Pretty Man) and will star Shim Eun-kyung as Nodame, a savant pianist who can replicate a piece after hearing it but struggles to read music. She’s a quirky, adorable slob who can’t manage to clean up after herself, which I can already picture Shim Eun-kyung pulling off without breaking a sweat — if any young actress has cornered the market on quirky, it’s her.
Joo-won will play the star pianist who secretly wants to become a conductor. He’ll help the heroine with everything from music to cleaning up her messy place, and naturally she falls in love with him. I mean, he cooks and cleans, plays the piano brilliantly, and is played by Joo-won. What else is there to know? Baek Yoon-shik (Gu-am Heo Jun) has been cast as the genius conductor and mentor who’s also a pervy womanizer, and Do-hee (Answer Me 1994) will play a supporting role as a member of the orchestra.
Sometimes Group Eight’s manga, anime, and Japanese drama remakes end up feeling more cartoonish than I would like for a drama adaptation, but I’m hopeful that this one will live up to its buzz. It’s clearly a beloved story with fans who are protective of its core characters, and a show driven by its love of music. Besides, I’m beyond excited for the Shim Eun-kyung/Joo-won pairing. They’re going to be SO CUTE. I can’t stand it.
Cantabile Romance follows Discovery of Romance in October.
Via TV Report
- Nodame Watch: Shim Eun-kyung’s hat goes back in the ring
- Yoon-ah out of Nodame Cantabile remake
- Yoon-ah as Nodame?
- Do-hee to join Nodame Cantabile’s orchestra
- Nodame Cantabile casts its genius conductor
- Nodame Cantabile is a go: Joo-won in, Shim Eun-kyung a maybe
- Joo-won offered lead in Korean remake of Nodame Cantabile