Blood: Jung Il-woo out, Ahn Jae-hyun in?
Hm, having some trouble locking down a vampire hero, are we? I know that Yoo Yeon-seok and Jung Il-woo were only entertaining offers to headline KBS’s new vampire medical drama Blood, but when a series has this much trouble casting, it always makes me wonder what’s wrong with it. After Yoo Yeon-seok passed on the drama because of his movie schedule (boo), the offer went to Jung Il-woo, who ultimately turned it down as well (double boooooo). And in a rather shocking move, newbie actor Ahn Jae-hyun (You’re All Surrounded, You From Another Star) is now in line to star.
Obviously I understand why the model-turned-actor might be cast to play a vampire — he certainly looks the part. It’s just that Ahn Jae-hyun just debuted as an actor earlier this year in You From Another Star (as Jeon Ji-hyun’s little brother). He picked the winning lottery ticket as far as debut projects go, and followed it up with supporting roles in the drama You’re All Surrounded and the campy movie Fashion King. He’s really likable and pretty good for a rookie, but a headlining role seems out of his league.
I’ve liked him in all (two) of his dramas, but this casting move makes me nervous for the show, and already I’m wondering how he’s going to make me believe he’s a doctor. Strangely, I have no trouble with the vampire part. If he does sign on, my fingers will be double-crossed in hopes that the director will draw the requisite depth and angst out of him.
Blood is the new project from the PD-writer team behind Good Doctor, about a vampire doctor who represses his urges for blood and treats terminally ill patients in the hospital. Ji Jin-hee (A Warm Word) plays the ambitious surgeon antagonist, and Kwon Hyun-sang (Mandate of Heaven) plays a bad vamp who faces off with the hero. The series plans to start filming by the end of the month, as long as it can secure a cast. It follows Healer on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning in February.
Via IS Plus
- Blood looks to Jung Il-woo for vampire doc lead
- Vampire medical drama Blood courts Ji Jin-hee, Kwon Hyun-sang
- Yoo Yeon-seok courted to be bloodthirsty vampire doctor
- Variety Roulette: Witch Hunt
- Joo-won’s ugly duckling transformation in Fashion King
- Good Doctor producers reteam for Blood
- First look at Fashion King (the movie)
- You’re All Surrounded: Episode 1
- Newbie Ahn Jae-hyun joins You’re All Surrounded
- You From Another Star: Episode 1