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Sung Joon offered lead in Chaebol’s Daughter

Now that the first set of potential leads have passed on SBS’s Chaebol’s Daughter (that would be Moon Geun-young and Park Seo-joon), the drama’s out to court more actors, and Sung Joon (Hyde, Jekyll, Me) is currently considering the leading role.

The character he’s up to play would be the male lead who grew up extremely poor and watched his parents being sneered at and belittled. Although his smarts and talents were recognized from a young age, that background has hardened him; as an adult, he’s become the kind of person who only takes interest in things that profit him, who rejects things ruthlessly when he decides against them. Naturally that worldview will be challenged when he meets the heroine, a woman who hides her filthy-rich chaebol background and works a lowly part-time job, while hoping to find somebody who could love her for herself instead of her money.

Park Hyung-shik (Heirs) was recently cast to play another of the leads (from the sound of it, it’s the second lead); his character grew up rich and pampered, spending money easily and brimming with confidence. He works as a high-level director of a department store, which he assumes he will inherit. So, basically the privileged rival to the hard-working and self-made hero.

One thing I like about Sung Joon (among all the other things I like about Sung Joon) is that he seems to like jumping from genre to genre, and taking on all sorts of characters and personality types. His recent choices include the swoony romantic lead (I Need Romance 3), the broody bad boy (Shut Up: Flower Boy Band), the nice-guy second lead (Discovery of Romance), and the mysterious villain (Hyde, Jekyll, Me) — so while not all his choices have been to my liking, I do like that he’s exploring. That’s my glass-half-full way of looking at Hyde and Gu Family Book, yup.

Chaebol’s Daughter has yet to confirm its titular heroine, but one assumes casting will be wrapping up soon; I expect to hear word of her casting any day now. The series will be a Monday-Tuesday drama to premiere in June.

Via Star News

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yessssss, finally he gets the shot at broadcast drama lead that he's deserved for the last two years now!

Too bad Han Groo isn't the prospective female lead, because I would SO be down with a Can We Get Married reunion, even a cross-couple one. I hope he accepts, and thank god it's a lead role so he won't be wasted like in GFB and Hyde.

PS: Speaking of Gu Family Book alumnae and casting news, Lee Yubi's apparently been confirmed as the cross-dressing female lead of Scholar Who Walks The Night..... I am so ready to uncork the champagne.

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Why not Han Groo???

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Yeah, why not her? I think she would be perfect for this. Could they go back to her and ask if she would be the lead on this one? I read conflicting reports that she'd signed up for 2nd lead for this, and another that she'd turned it down.

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If they offered the lead role to Moon Geun-young, then chances are the role rumoured to be offered to Han Groo was only a second lead.

Now that they're looking at Sung Joon for the lead, I really hope they revisit the Han Groo option and court her for lead this time, she's worked with both this team AND this costar before and done great.

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Han Groo and Park Seo Joon were the first to have been offered the leads and unfortunately they both declined.

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@Pogo: "Lee Yubi’s apparently been confirmed as the cross-dressing female lead of Scholar Who Walks The Night….. I am so ready to uncork the champagne."

Really? I read reports that Kim So Eun was confirmed for that role? I'm getting dizzy with all these back and forths. Could you cite where you read the report? I would love to read it up myself. Thanks!

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I read it on soompi's news section, the post specified that Lee Yubi was playing the cross-dressing character who is the lead female protagonist.

Previous articles on Kim So-eun's confirmation have not clearly stated what her role was, or gone back and forth about it. (I'll give the pink below so my whole post doesn't get caught in the spam filter)

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Thanks!

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That's probably why there is no article here with confirmation on the main casts. They want to be sure because it has been so damn confusing!

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Here are the links in Korean, I would attempt to translate but it's too hard to do on my phone: http://www.newsen.com/news_view.php?uid=201504201758400410

http://isplus.live.joins.com/news/article/article.asp?total_id=17629624&cloc=

and the English-language post from soompi (which I really hope is accurate, and settles the question of who is playing lead once and for all). In any case, they have almost 3 months left before they start airing, plenty of dramas have cast with shorter margins of time left.

http://www.soompi.com/2015/04/20/lee-jun-ki-lee-yoo-bi-kim-so-eun-tvxqs-changmin-confirmed-for-the-scholar-who-walks-the-night/

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Sung Joon in a cold ruthless character??? 100 times YES!!!! :D It reminds me the student in "white Christmas"... he can really portray these kinds of roles , his emotionless look gives me chills :P

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yess. i really like him :)
jung so min for the female lead please. they were lovely together in Can we get married.
actually he had great chemistry with han groo in that drama too !

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My votes for female lead are
1. Baek jin hee
2. jung so min
3. park se young

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I vote baek jin hee for this. Love her

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I would love Options 1 and 2. Love both those actresses, and Jung So-min especially deserves to return to leading lady status where she belongs.

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I miss Jung So Min suddenly...

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+1
I'm really happy he is getting the leading man status on public broadcast know !!

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Who wants to bet that Jin Se Yeon is going to get the offer for the female lead?

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Shhhhhhhh, she might very well hear you.

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hush, don't call it into being.

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Noooooooooooooooooooooo! ?

(Now that you have said it out loud, that means you unjinxed it, therefore, it can't happen, RIGHT?!)

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Please don't give the dramagods any ideas ! :D

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Tihihihi...you guys crack me up!

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Park Seyoung....come back already!!

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is this going to be a melodrama?

i wasn't interested in this but i saw sung joon and why not?
i hope he gets this role...

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Sung Joon one of my favs. He can generate chemistry with a ham sandwich.

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a ham sandwich lmao....

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I'd like to be that ham sandwich.

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Haha yep. He was all kinds of amazing in INR3. Gahhhh. <3

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well hope he will confirm it because i like him and i would love to see him again in a leading role

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I love him too since I discovered him in "Lie to Me".

I'm super happy for him for finally getting a lead role in a weekday primetime for the big 3.

Pally pally...accept Joon-ah....

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I thought he didn't have much to do in GFB because there were way too many characters in that drama. More than him, YYS was wasted, I thought. I'm glad he's finally headlining his own drama though, he really deserves to move out of the second lead territory.

Now I just hope they find a suitable actress to co-star. Someone his age preferably, I feel we don't get same age couples anymore these days.

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He deserves it!

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I would like 1: Jung so min, 2: Han Groo, 3: Baek Jin Hee for the female lead !
Can't wait to see Sung Joon again in (hopefully a good) drama !

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That's a great order of choice. :D

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I second this, especially the first. I want a Can We Get Married? reunion. The height difference was soooooooo cute.

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Now that I have seen Han Groo in a cameo in Super Daddy Yeol, I need her back on my screen asap.
1. If they had previously offered her the second female lead which she apparently turned down then its time to go back and offer her the lead role.
2. If they haven't offered anything at all, they need to run and offer her the lead role.
Either way, please can we have Han Groo for this, she is so perfect for this role.
If none of that can happen, then I want Baek Jin Hee

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Take the role! Take it!
Ahhh, I am excited for him. I also strongly dislike all his boring second-fiddle nice guy roles (I Need Romance 3 included, lol, even though he was first-fiddle).

I think he'd be good as the guy with a chip on his shoulder who slowly opens up. I have no qualms about his acting at just some of his choices, lol. But, this I can get behind.

I don't really have any ideas for any leading ladies...it'd be cool if it was Baek Jin Hee or someone he's never worked with before. Where are you Im Joo Eun?? *yodels on a mountain for her to appear*

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agree.. still forever craving for Im Joo Eun..!
now i wonder if she's really struggle to get roles or King Kong Ent. don't really pay that attention to her.. *curious*
but i think KKE treat their artist pretty well.. praying to see her in any project soon..

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I think she gets a steady stream of endorsement and/or CF deals but I want to see her in more dramas. ):

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OMG YESSSSSSSSSS!! I'd SO watch this for literally every plot they'd give me 'cause... Sung Joon. I love him to bits, every role he takes on is instantly loved by me haha please make this happen ㅠㅠ♥

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Glad for Sung Joon...good to see him in another project after Hyde Jekyll & Me.

What's in the water?
Lee Jong-suk from Doctor Stranger --> Pinocchio
Park Hae-Jin from Doctor Stranger --> Bad Guys
Kang So-Ra from Doctor Stranger --> Misaeng; Wam & Cozy

Now if only Hyun Bin could find a great kdrama project to follow up with quickly after HJM.

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well, the first three actors named above certainly deserved palate cleansers after suffering their way through that mess of a drama with what was done to their roles/characters. I'm glad for their sakes that they were successful with the followups, especially Kang Sora.

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I know right. It probably doesn't come across the way I meant it...but it was more along the lines of what's in the water with bad projects happening to these actors.

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let's hope they and HB, Sung Joon etc have worked off their share of bad project karma for the rest of their careers now, and never end up in dramas like those again. Though they deserve credit for not sucking at acting despite absolutely terrible writing.

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I know that doctor stranger was poor script but good in rating average 13-14% and always got in top 20 of Korea in daily chart not like Hyde,Jekyll,me. That's why people called Lee Jong suk never failed in rating, pinocchio and DS are 1 or 2 percent rating difference. Koreans like DS.
DS leads expect JSY went on well after DS.

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It's not that they liked it, more like they give Lee Jong Syk credit for acting well even with a bad script.

and LJS himself gave an interview around Pinocchio time where he said he was not happy with DS/his work in it. Too polite to blame the bad script of course, but he seemed to accept that it was successful even if it made him feel bad as an actor.

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So you mean because of LJS? OK, Koreans love him so much like a national son. Bravo! JS

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Im Joo Eun! Will this be your role?!

I would be happy if Im Joo Eun, Han Groo or Jung So Min got to be the lead.

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As much as I love Sung joon, I find his acting lacking at times,he was perfect in I need romance but discovery of romance and HJM not so much. Here's wishing, he hits this out of the ball park.

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His act not good enought to be lead guy...

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yes yes yes please :)
I just adored Sung Joon in Shut Up Flower Boy Band, he was one of my favorite drama characters ever...

I agree some of his roles were lacking, but as jb says, I appreciate that he plays such different characters. I wish he'd accept this lead role (wasn't too happy with him as a 2nd lead in Jekyll and Hyde...), and that his impersonation would be so strong and convincing that I would end up watching the show for itself, and not because of my SUFBB nostalgia... The character sounds pretty interesting, too!

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anytime i see news about sung joon being cast in anything i just want to re-watch flower boy band. for me, none of his other roles live up to that one

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Yeah, I totally agree. He was amazingbeautifulperfect as Ji-hyuk.

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Totally agree to "amazingbeautifulperfect as Ji-hyuk."

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Ji Hyuk is probably one of the dreamiest, yet angsty character ever. Plus being in a band as the lead vocals is +1 <3

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uuuuhhh I was kind of hoping for a Moon Geun-young and Park Seo-joon pairing :|
Really loved Park Seo-joon in Kill me heal me. Hoping to see him as the lead in some awesome drama and with a great actress :D

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The only way I'm watching this drama now is if they cast a female lead I really like. I like the premise but not Sung Joon. I have nothing against but he just bores me for some reason. I hope it's going to be a rom-com and not a melodrama.

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OMG YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

I literally gave a loud squeal when I first read this :3

I love Sung Joon to bits <3 <3 <3, and I’d sacrifice ANYTHING from kdramaland if he would be able to score a leading role in a primetime big 3 drama and a girl, as well. Just as long as he wouldn’t be paired alongside the girl-who-shall-not-be-named, but nah, not gonna jinx it.

Were the female lead role being offered to Han Groo at one point? Or was it for the Scholar who Walks the Night instead? I must have gotten both shows mixed up by now. But her and Sung Joon would be my kind of dreamy, ideal pair ah :’)

PLEASE PLEASE accept this role! I need him back on my screen stat, so that would at least erase some of the not-so-fond memories I had of him from HJM eeeeep.

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I feel like he's already played the guy with the chip in his shoulder.. Wasn't his SUFBB character chipped to the tee? I liked his turn in INR3, but I don't think this role gives him that much growing room. Nonetheless, his voice draws me in like nothing else, so I might be suckered into listening into this show for his sake.

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Ah, but high school chip and adult chip are so different O: Plus, I always thought his character in Shut Up was just stoic/cool not really mad at the world lol.

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jung so min pleeease get cast

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Dude! accept it NOW.

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YES SUNG JOON! He is young and very talented. I think it's only a matter of time before his popularity blows up ala Kim Woo Bin.

Since so many people are talking abut Jung So Min, can someone please tell me why we haven't heard casting rumors from her?! Twenty was a huge success from what I hear, and she was main female lead. Where is she ;______;

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Twenty was about 3 guys reaching maturity age. All their girlfriends were secondary characters. That's why you don't see anything about them.

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Lol. The fact that he was in HJM flew past me completely.

Like jb, I, too, like that he's exploring different kinds of characters and drama genres. He doesn't seem to particularly care about popularity.

I haven't seen him since Can We Get Married ?, though.

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Yess good news. Finally Sung joon get lead roles even if he still considering but still I'm happy for him.

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I'm apparently in the minority here, but he's just blah for me. I didn't plan on watching this anyway, so whatever.

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YESSSSSSS!!! I gotta scream first. Now off to calmly read...

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Okay now I wished Moon Geun Young has taken the female lead role. That would have been my K-drama dream OTP :D Sung Joon for lead! YESSSSSS

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oh wow he's finally getting the lead!

To be honest, I don't find his acting that awesome all the time like his time in Lie to me and Gu Family Book or maybe he was just not getting a better script because he's always the second lead but his "other guy" syndrome has been growing on me for years that after watching Hyde Jekyll Me, I just want him to get the lead for once.

Here is a guy who have always worked so hard as a second lead and is now finally getting the lead he deserves. cheers!

Sung Joon Fighting!

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Is he good at actings? Not because I wanna bash but because I'm not familiar with him. I just saw one of his work Discovery of Romance, but his actings just average. I enjoyed Yoon Hyun Min more than him. Not sure maybe because Eric is too dominating the show's presence. But he seems really hard working because after just few months finishing one drama, he already started filming another one. ANyway, good luck for him.

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YESS PLEASE , accept it sungjoon-ah , it been a while since the last time you got the lead actor for an drama ...

just please accept it then i have a reason to take a look of this drama :))))

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Yes please!! I loved him in I Need Romance 3. Sooo swoony.

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great news to come back to from Copenhagen! Broody and cynical suits this guy.

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I really hope he accepts. Park se young and Sung Joo would make an amazing pair. Really want to see her come back. Han groo ah so conflicted because i've wanted them together since "can we get married?".

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Finally my prayers have been answered.

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