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Pinocchio courts Lee Yubi and Kim Young-kwang to play reporters

We’ve got two more names in circulation for Pinocchio, the new drama about young reporters headed to SBS this fall: Lee Yubi (Gu Family Book, Nice Guy) and Kim Young-kwang (Plus Nine Boys, Good Doctor) are reportedly being wooed to join the cast, with the usual “just considering maybe” caveats. They’re up for supporting roles, while Lee Jong-seok and Park Shin-hye are still considering the leads.

Lee Yubi and Kim Young-kwang haven’t been paired in a drama yet, but they’ve done CFs together (that’s where the picture comes from), which is the same case for Lee Jong-seok and Park Shin-hye. But the boys did the movie Hot Blooded Youth together, where Lee Jong-seok played a wimpy ladies’ man and Kim Young-kwang played a gangster who was jealous of him, and the girls play rivals in the historical film Tailor due out sometime this year.

Some of the stories still mention Kim Woo-bin as a casting possibility in addition to these guys, though the last I heard, he’d already moved on. If it’s still a remote possibility, then we’d have a reunionpalooza on our hands, from Heirs, School 2013, White Christmas, and Vampire Idol. Apparently, all roads in the universe lead to Kim Woo-bin.

The new drama comes from writer Park Hye-ryun and PD Jo Soo-won of I Hear Your Voice, and will star a group of twentysomethings who work day and night behind the city news desk as eager young reporters in search of the truth. Lee Yubi is up for the role of an idol sasaeng fan who becomes a reporter. I suppose stalking skills could come in handy for that job? And Kim Young-kwang is up to play a second-generation chaebol who dreams of becoming a reporter.

They’re considering the offers for now — Lee Yubi is currently shooting her movie Twenty with Kim Woo-bin (of course), and Kim Young-kwang’s new tvN drama Plus Nine Boys just barely premiered last week, so it might be a while before the cast gets locked down.

Pinocchio follows She’s So Lovable (after It’s Okay, It’s Love) in November.

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Lee Yubi as the lead instead???

And I hope that LJS accepts this too.

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+1
Yubi really talent actress really love her

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Lee Yubi is being considered for a supporting role.

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You don't say.

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LOL, she will outshine no doubt..

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AGREED!!! Anybody but Park Shin Hye. Aside from her deplorable acting, her and LJS don't make a good match.

I can see why LJS wants to work with the writer of I Hear Your Voice again. After Doctor Stranger, better to go with something safe. I would trust that writer too, but adding PSH is just going to ruin this drama.

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I think PSY isn't that bad sometimes (in the flower boys series or her short apparence in miracle in cell nº7) but I've seen pictorials with Lee Jong Suk and... they just don't match xD IDK why...

Well, If lee Yubi accepts, I'd have to watch it, the only 20something girl I'm following in kdrama land... At least there is hope with the staff if they were involved in I hear your voice. And eyecandy LJS.

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I bet I'll be great as a sasae-- err... reporter too. *cough* Anyway...

I'm very excited about the Writer! I'm expecting a grown-up version of Dream High. Lots of behind-the-scenes look inside entertainment industry + everyone getting a proper story and character arc.

Park Hye-ryun hwaiting!!! ♥

She's great at handling female and side characters. Waaaaah~ I hope Lee Yubi signs on! :D Being a "side character" in Park Hye-ryun's drama isn't a bad thing at all!

*crosses fingers* *steals an incense from her Rim jar to wish luck for Lee Yubi*

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hehehe, if it's even possible, I aspire to be to Lee Yubi what you are to the Rim, and I will happily accept that incense stick to wish good luck to my bias :)

And it's the writer who has me crossing my fingers and hoping for greatness - let's hope this is as great as I Hear Your Voice (and not a pale shadow of it, the way Joseon Gunman is to The Princess' Man).

Also, despite all the complaints about Park Shin-hye, let's not forget this is the writer who even managed to cover for the nonexistent talent of Suzy in Dream High and make her likeable. She can definitely write Park Shin-hye into a character we'll love. (and I hope Yubi breaks out after this, though that rarely seems to happen with second lead women these days *sob*)

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Oh no, I would have liked it if Lee Yubi was the female lead instead. T__T

but this writer is good with supporting characters and the description sounds interesting. Look on the bright side..

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Isn't it sad I am more excited over the 2nd lead castings than for the OTP?

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Not at all.

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No! I got super excited BECAUSE I thought they were up for the leads instead. It would still be a pretty good foursome for me even though I can't, for some reason, picture much chemistry between PSH and LJS. I've been proved wrong before though.

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kind of. I like Park Shin-hye but damn I wish producers would actually give some rookie actresses (not idols) the break into first lead sometimes.

Especially when they've got talent like Lee Yubi, Kim Ji-won, etc. I feel like the only chance for these girls nowadays is in movies or cable :(

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Also, I won't lie, I would have loved to see a possible pairing of Lee Jong-seok and Lee Yubi, since she just missed working opposite him in School 2013 two years ago (her role went to Park Se-young, it wasn't a great loss).

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"Apparently, all roads in the universe lead to Kim Woo-bin."

How could you have not known that GF?

That's like the only truth that ever existed...Unless you live in Mary's universe, of course.

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Yes, the universe is an apple.

MY APPLE.

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I'm just going to take that as one less person to fight against in the Which-Noona-Ultimately-Gets-Her-Hands-All-Over-Woo-binah-War and go ahead and like your comment.

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LOL That scene in Surplus Princess... ;) ;) ;)

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Six degrees of Kim Woo Bin

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Why does he have to be a second generation chaebol who's a reporter again? Lol..reminds me of Jung I'll Woo's prosecutor role in My Fair Lady or SSH's in My Princess

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I was all ready for a huge HOORAY but realised that they are only up for supporting roles T_T Oh well, at least there's a possibility Lee Yubi would be back on the small screen. Can't complain about that. When will this amazing girl snag a lead role?!

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"Apparently, all roads in the universe lead to Kim Woo-bin."

haha...love it!!

i like it when one or two (or more) of the cast members were from white christmas...heh.

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So many sasaengs and hardcore fans of 1st and 2nd gen idol groups became reporters, drama writers, etc. LOL probably their own way to eventually meet their oppas. :)

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there he goes Kim Woobin. I miss him on small screen.

are these characters will have a loveline ? can they cast Yong Junhyung instead ?

haa. sorry. random Beast fan here coz I love Yubi and Junhyung on No More MV.

and I miss Yoon Seolchan.

random : Youngkwang with Hara on KARA's Secret Love. and Yubi with Junhyung on No More MV.

sorry again. btw I love all of them. :D

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more random: Yubi's sister Lee Da-in making her acting debut in Twenty Years Old opposite Junghyung's bandmate Kikwang :)

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"All roads in the universe lead to Kim Woo-bin"

And I thank God for that.

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I saw the title of this post and was pretty much SCREAMING with joy at the thought of my girl finally getting a lead role in such a high-profile drama

And then I saw it was for second lead.

Oh, well. Second lead in a Park Hye-ryun drama is generally handled well, but I would have loved to see her pair up with Lee Jong-seok. She's long overdue for a breakout into first lead.

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Sigh, please no Park Shin Hye. She somehow manages to suck the life force out of all of her co-stars, even though she is not a bad actress per se.

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trust me, if Park Hae-ryun could manage to work around Suzy's soul-sucking blankness onscreen in Dream High/accommodate her lack of acting ability, it'll be a cakewalk for her to make Park Shin-hye likeable.

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Just to make things clearer ..the fact that Kim woobin being casted for Pinocchio first and after he declined it was offer to jong Suk is all wrong ...Jong suk was the first choice from the start but since sidus (KWB's agency) is also the production Co. for pinnochio drama they tried really hard to get the role for their star but since the writer and PD had Jong suk in mind for the role since the beginning ..Sidus couldn't say no to them and claimed later that KWB declined it due schedule clash..
please read some facts below:

KWB’s reps’ statements don’t really add up… and a lot gets lost in translation…On August 7th at 8:02 am, Sidus
released an exclusive article where aSidus rep gave an interviewconfirming that KWB has received and accepted the lead role in Pinocchio; and that, after co-ordinating his schedules with the movie he’s filming (which is also a
Sidus production so co-ordinating
between the movie and the drama schedules shouldn’t be a problem), he will proceed to film both.

http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=106&oid=241&aid=0002238934

Just a few minutes later, at 8:30 am,Sidus reps released several articles stating that It’s hard to even say that
KWB is in talks for a role in this drama (which contradicts what they said in the previous article) due to
schedule conflicts with the movie filming, but that he received an offer.

http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhnmode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=106&oid=109&aid=0002847700

Starting at 9:07 am, SBS’s side released several articles denying Sidus’ statements.
According to an interview with the drama department chief “the writer and the director are in the middle of discussions with an actor better suited for the role”. He also added that KWB does not even match the character in question and that he was never considered for the
role.

http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhnmode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=004&oid=005&aid=0000681687

http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhnmode=LSD&mid=ec&sid1=106&oid=047&aid=0002064764

Note that it is very rare for the drama department chief to come out in person and do an interview like
that (which confirms that SBS’s side was very irritated by the media play seeing as how they put a stop to it as
soon as it started).

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they don't want Kim Woo bin but okay with Shin-hye ? they must be crazy after heirs he was the most wanted to see as a lead role in drama thanx good they don't want
Shin-hye more enough to make this drama fail

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not because he is a bad actor but because he doesn't suit the role, it is as simple as this.

he may be one of the most wanted actors but not the most wanted one, there are few names ahead who already proved themselves as leads and jong suk is 1 of them. KWB still have to prove himself as a lead who can carry a whole drama by himself, it s not easy thing you know.

I believe KWB is a good charismatic actor ;
he can do it, he just need the right role that suits him

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I would love to know how he "doesn't suit the role".

What kind "suiting the role" do you need for a rookie reporter?

I do think there are more interesting projects for him, because at the moment I'm not seeing anything in the synopsis that makes this drama especially appealing.

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well you should ask the writer and PD :D they are the ones who are doig the castig.

and BTW it is not a just "rookie reporter" it s a bit more complicated role than that... otherwise why sidus it trying so hard to get this role for Woo Bin if it doesn't worth it ;)

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That's what I meant... I want to hear it from the writer and PD or whoever is doing the casting.

Because I just can't think of anything that wouldn't apply for LJS as well. It can't be the quality of acting, because between the two, KWB is, IMO, better. What else then? The way they look? Level of fame? (That has nothing to do with a character though.)

Maybe it'll be clear once the drama starts and more detail is revealed about the character, but at the moment it just sounds a bit like a little wishy-washy excuse.

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How is it relevant?
Just because they want her and not him? Unacceptable right?/ roll-eyes

The truth is whether you like it or not PSH is one of a few TOP actress in her age range. She'd be named in those high-profile projects especially ones with SBS... while there are many more actors to choose from like KSH, LMH, JW, LSJ, YAI etc.... And KWB hasn't gotten a lead role yet ( though I think he is due to one soon)

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I think shin hye isn't The major cause if failure of Heirs Drama If you annoyed that much from her just be fair the story itself isn't working , Her role wasn't creative bcz the writer itself doesn't develop her character .
I wish her the best if the role is Such stupid & Typical female lead only will serve the Male lead what ever who will play the role , I hope she just leave it & Act in a Movie .
& Please don't drag her name as she is the main problem shin hye is Good actress but she need a role showing her potentials .

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It is not the first time sidus try to play it dirty, they did it before when they used jong suk 's airport incident and released articles comparing between KWB and jong suk during that time, they tried to make KWB appear as the good "saint"guy and jong suk the bad one..it was so low from their side, at least respect KWB's friendship with jong suk.
I like KWB but really really hate his company

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Do not get me wrong i hate his company too and i think if Woo bin had abetter one he will take a lead after School they both my favorite so i don't want any of them act with Shin hye and the story not that excited for me
and even if they are better than him but the worst take a lead role so i really think he worth better drama

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.....except that SidusHQ is one of the most high-profile acting agencies in Korea - their roster in the past has included Choi Ji-woo, Jun Ji-hyun, Im Soo-jung, Gong Hyo-jin, Song Hye-kyo and Shin Mina, to name just a few. And Jang Hyuk now.

For a rising young actor, this is one of the best places to be right now, and clearly they have been exerting themselves on behalf of Kim Woo-bin.

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your problem is shin hye Nesma you don't know how to reply but using & dragging shin hye's name will make you happy as if shinhye is the main answer of the question why woo bin turned down the role & Jong Suk is in talk....!
Really Cheap you think you own Woo Bin Or Jong Suk to say whatever you want on others you don't like it that yours but dragging her name as she doesn't deserve to work or she is ......etc .
I don't like heirs & I am 1st one that opposed her to take that drama but what happened is happened , My problem in Korean drama that turning from Good Quality to bad quantity the writing isn't great any way May be TvN which is doing great job to create something different from the Typical stories .
As @Nile Rose Said : If that role wouldn't add to her just leave it & search of script showing her potentials all who loves her wish that .
Shin hye isn't running behind the roles but the offers come to her as others .

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so what the problem ? shin hye can't even act i don't said they are the best but they deserve the best than her at least Actress can act is this too much ?
i hate heirs too it's not even drama for me but she forget how to act from Flower Boy Next Door i used to love her in Stairway to Heaven , Tree of Heaven and You're Beautiful
that's Really Cheap you think i don't love her because I'm jealous or some thing i just hate how she act i think this her problem and it not big deal now even Shin Se-kyung and Krystal in lead roles so why he can't get offers

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Actually in my opinion Kim Woo Bin is more talented than Lee Jong Suk and I believe he can play variety of roles. I love both, but now I'm more inclined to KWB.. :))

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I love Woobin, but he still hasn't proven himself to be versatile. All his roles have been played the same (minus Vampire Idol which he was over-the-top in). Him and Park Shinhye are similar in that aspect, always picking the same roles, so I don't understand why people praise him and diss Shinhye.

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I'd say his recent roles (that we've seen) have been better chosen than hers, I like PSH but Heirs managed to put even me off her for a while - and I'm a fan!

They do choose roles in a certain mold, but it's just that Woobin's sensitive-bad-boy streak of roles is, for now, more appealing and better executed than PSH's Candy/bland girl-next-door roles. She needs to branch out a little more, like she did in Flower Boy Next Door.

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My only point was that Woobin and Shinhye both stay in the box (and their talent is on about the same level), yet people criticize Shinhye for always picking the same roles and therefore don't want to watch her anymore, but that doesn't apply to Woobin. They go to say Woobin can play a variety of roles even though he has yet to prove that, but they don't want to give Shinhye a chance to prove the same. Flower Boy Next Door you mentioned and Heirs were both from last year, but people only like to point out Heirs because that's the convenient choice to hate on her with. She was also in Miracle in Cell No.7 which isn't a romcom.

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I really want the casting to be true and I want the drama to be good.
The bromances are going to be awesome ,so is the romance(But I just want PSH to improve a bit on some areas.)
Just hope that Lee Yoo-bi will not play a bitchy role,because I want to adore her and her character at the same time.
All in all I fervently wish that the whole cast will be together as a team who we can root for.

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Kim Woo-bin was never even considered for this drama as far as SBS, the scriptwriter and director are concerned. Sidus (the production company and also KWB's management company) has been media playing to have their way with the casting of the leads since the beginning of the year. However, the head of the drama department at SBS released an interview on August the 7th denying all casting speculations of KWB in this drama. (Mention of KWB's name in some of the recent KYK and LYB casting articles can be seen as journalist's mistakes from copying and pasting from their older articles, which happens all the time.)

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also on tumblr someone answered a question whether woobin was considering Pinocchio or not

the answer:

there must have been a big clash from the higher-ups. SidusHQ (the producers of the drama and Woobin’s company) sent out reports that Woobin was considering the role, but at that time the director and writer were already talking to someone “better suited” for the role (this last part came from SBS). Those reports of “not confirmed but still considering / we’re working out his schedule to see if it’s possible” from SidusHQ (released for whatever reason when they knew otherwise) must have really gotten on SBS’s bad side since they very promptly stepped in (reports published 1 hour later) to shut down all those reports of Woobin possibly being the lead, they said it was decided from the beginning that he wouldn’t be, that these reports are only happening because Woobin’s from SidusHQ, and like I mention earlier that the director and writer were already talking to someone better suited. Those statements really contrast each other so much that I think something was going on, I think SBS must have been mad at SidusHQ for doing this. Yikes.

I’m not saying that this drama was for Jongsuk from the start or not— Jongsuk just came out of another drama and lots of film scripts were coming his way and I was SO SURE he was going to pick Time Renegade— he probably didn’t expect to star in two dramas in one year. It’s just that Jongsuk has a good relationship with the director particularly, the director is really supportive and dotes on him, and probably wanted to work with him again. The writer is really fond of him too.

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Apparently, all roads in the universe lead to Kim Woo-bin.

True. Once I wanted to see a broadcast of Pope's visit to Korea, and guess who was smiling from the screen of my TV ;). To make it weirder, this broadcaster is ultra conservative, and I daresay rather boring, anyway you don't see young popular actors in their programs. And yet, KWB made it.

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BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

(it's also thanks to the Pope's visit that I found out that Woobin - who is often said to look like a Korean Benedict Cumberbatch, i.e. weird but handsome - actually has the Christian name of.............Benedict!!)

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Well I like the cast a lot and if Kim Woo Bin joins the pot then it would be absolutely fantastic! :) Also I would probably root for him to get the girl since he didn't get PSH in "Heirs"..haha kinda reminding me of PSH and YH pairing..he eventually got her in "Heartstrings"..perhaps 2nd times the charm in the K drama world lol
Also is it just me or is this drama kind off giving the "You are all surrounded" vibes? Young people working together, inter office romance, different personalities yet ending up as friends in the end.
Let's hope the drama ends up being super fun.
Also I only have one complain abt the cast...well it's not even a complain but more of a grievance..but I kinda hope Park Shin Hye's character is fun and has some spunk! I am actually kinda getting bored of her same good girl/wimpy roles. I like her but she is becoming boring. I am really optimistic with this fantastic young cast *fingers crossed*

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I will pray to the k-drama gods that my lovely PSH can act here and have a strong, bold character!! the writer for Heirs was terrible made her character out to be the worst of characters out of all the characters she's done I'm telling you Cha Eun Sang was the worst character ever not only did she not talk much, she didn't even grow! I only got happy cause of that one slap to the face otherwise, the writing for that character was horrible! I swear that whole drama was horrid. PSH needs to know how to pick her characters who picks her characters?! Her manager needs to notice this and pick the right stuff for her challenge her!!!

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"Apparently, all roads in the universe lead to Kim Woo-bin." - I giggled out loud at this, and couldn't help my fangirl self; I did a fist pump and had to say, "YES THEY DO!" XD

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this would be great, both talented actors who need their big break

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Since KYK is already working on a drama, why not cast someone else for the 2nd male lead? Like Choi Woo Sik. He's a good actor, but never really seems to get spotlight roles.

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