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Namgoong Min lands lead role in Beast’s Beauty for SBS

Yay for Namgoong Min (Remember—Son’s War), who’s coming off a string of scene-stealing villain roles to land his first lead role in a broadcast drama, which is tentatively titled Beast’s Beauty. He must’ve made a good impression on his Girl Who Sees Smells producers, since that drama’s PD and writer are the ones behind this new drama, also for SBS. He is confirmed, while Baek Jin-hee (My Daughter Geum Sa-wol) is currently considering.

Namgoong Min recently said he wanted to stop playing drama villains, and this’ll give him a good opportunity to do so; it tells the story of one man’s struggle-filled life and the love that blossoms in it. I know, a terribly generic description, but it is a drastic turnaround from the drama’s original premise: When initially announced, it was titled Dance With You and about an idol producer, but everything’s been scrapped and the only things remaining are the producers.

The main character has a “manly appearance with a childlike smile,” which means either Namgoong Min was perfectly cast or the description was written about him. His name is Ahn Dan-te, which… really? Andante? Are you sure you’re not a music drama anymore? He’s the best fighter around and an ex-con who’s sent to prison on a false charge, then also a human rights lawyer and even a chaebol heir. Wait, what? I guess they really do mean it when they call his a roller-coaster life.

Baek Jin-hee’s character is a hard-working young woman struggling to land a job, which is a description I can easily see her in (and have seen her in, say in High Kick 3). I’m sure it’ll all make sense in the end, right? I do have some faith in the writer, who has penned some very charming dramas like Bad Family and Rooftop Prince, as well as the melodrama Yawang. Ah, in any case I’ll be happy to see Namgoong Min take the lead for once! Also, not killing or in murderous rages all the time, even if he’s so very good at that.

Beast’s Beauty will follow Mrs. Cop 2 on weekends, premiering May 14.

Via TV Report, TV Daily

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Noooo, not her please!!!

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What's wrong with her? I think I quite like her.

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Oh please. Just because her character was terrible in MDGSW doesn't mean she's a bad actress. Case in point: Oh Yeon-seo who's killing it on CBM yet starred in that makjang fest Jang Bori

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And both makjang are penned by the same writer, and she has the knack of ruining her lead titular characters. (Even oh yeon seo subtlety implied her disappointment about it in an interview).

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I feel sorry that she wasn't able to give justice to her acting because her character in the drama was so poorly developed. It is nice that at least some of us realize that BJH was just doing her job by following her script because many people blamed her for the way her character was heading towards the middle of the drama. It literally felt like to stab to her fans and I feel sorry for the actress and I hope she will never work with this writer again and possibly reconsider most of the dramas she is offered to act in.

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I agree! I'm a huge fan of Baek Jinhee and she is literally my favourite actress so last year was a really difficult year, what with her being kicked out of SFD and being slammed by the knetz when she was just following a bad script. I really have mixed feelings because I trust this writer yet I really want her to have a breakout role in a primetime drama ): Here's to hoping whatever she does next turns out amazing!

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Kicked out of six flying dragons? I thought she dropped out of the drama on her own to star in mdgsw. I hope she wasn't kick out.

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My reason not wanting her here because she just finished her weekend drama, and now another weekend drama again. This girl should carefully consider her future projects so she would not typecasted.

I will prefer to the one who played Oh Wol in the same drama with her to be casted in a lead role.

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True, but the actress playing oh wol also just finished her weekend drama. She was given a way bigger role in the drama than the lead actress. BJH may have appeared as a weak actress in MDGSW, but it is not her fault. She did quite well in her previous dramas..

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nothing wrong with the actress. In fact, I think BJH is way too good to play this type role again.

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Wow! We will get to see goongmin again.
I so love his smile. Though he is the best charismatic villain lets see what this new drama brings to us ..... ^^

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Hi, just wanted to let you know that his name is Min, last name is Namgoong. Not kidding haha, it was a topic on wgm because his fake wife also called him goongmin

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Oh, I loved this description, it was fun. I felt like screenwriter used all her creativity on male lead, while female lead became our famous candy girl

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Yep,another candy girl but i'll keep my assumptions at bay until it comes out.
One of the most relatable candy girls I've ever seen in dramaland is Kim Go Eun's Hong Seol from Cheese In The Trap....wait, are we supposed to not talk about that? But I still love it...Ah bittersweet *sobs*

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Seol is the most likeable candy girl ever, level headed, smart, quiet, cynical, and so natural...loved the way her nose crinkled when she grinned....miss her, miss sunbae...*sobbing with you*

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Yes! Finally... he is gonna get a lead role... :) I'm happy.

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I initially confused it with that Dr. Frankenstein drama and immediately said don't do it! But this one sounds better than that - somewhat.

I admittedly used to really dislike NGM. He always felt so fake playing the nice guy - like he had this alternate agenda. Both in INR and MSH, I just hated his character despite the production expecting me to like him initially. Then he really turned it around as a villain. I was so taken by how subtle and convincing he was. So now... Going back to being nice? I hope he can still be as great. I'm rooting for him!

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I so agree with you about your take on NGM!

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I agree. He looks suspicious when he plays nice guy roles

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Yessssss! Baek Jinhee in a romcom!!! Geum Sawol really did not do her justice at all and she really needs a great PD-writer team to give her a refreshing character to work with. The synopsis of this sounds pretty cliche but I like how this writer is great at turning cliches around. Really hope that it turns out to be a magical piece that will give them both the big break they deserve :)

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Nope. I have to disagree. The male lead's character is refreshing, but the female lead is cliche as f*ck. It would be smart if BJH declines the role, but I doubt she will. She's pretty stupid when picking dramas. No matter how great she did as Tanashiri, this actress had most misses than hits after Empress Ki. I think it would be a smart move for her to take on more riskier/diverse roles. An unemployed woman caught in between a love triangle with two brothers? Meh...sounds like she already played this role in Triangle.

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THIS!! I totally forgot she was in Triangle, thats how unmemorable her character was. Come to think of it, the female storyline IS similar to that of Triangle's. wow. She should know better not to consider this role, but she's not very smart (as evidenced by her drama choices). She's already "positively" considering the role, so you know what that means. Looks like I am not going to be watching her dramas for awhile, until maybe (probably never) she pick better projects.

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Quite happy for him getting at last his first leading role in one of the BIG 3 but now i really hope the script will deliver and he did indeed have luck or insight in picking it,i like the leads a lot so far so i'm quite curious seeing him play a lead and i guess we'll see some pieces on a small scale of his bad boy and now he's even a lawyer besides a chabol and ex con,he has it all,i know he can deliver so i hope he has material for it

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Cooooool!!!

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Yay!! I'm so happy for him. I just love his smile, it's way too cute. I sat through 26 episodes of 12 year reunion only for him. I really wish this works with a great cast and great writing, I want to see him as the lead and want him to kill it!

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I hope Baek Jin-hee doesn't take this, SBS weekend dramas have been doing badly for years now and she deserves better than to be in a surefire ratings turkey. Unless they're offering her a subsequent weekday drama lead role to sweeten the pot.

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I have a lover was good imo so hopefully this will be just as good. Ratings don't automatically mean good drama

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In my opinion, I Have A Lover was in another level of weekend drama. Even its rating was the lowest, it is still a good drama and melodrama at that, The plot is not flawless, but still gave us satisfaction.

If only the drama was not began with story of a cheating husband, I think the rating was not suffered that much. Regardless of its rating, the leads still managed to get many awards, even Kim Hyun Joo was among the Daesang contestants.

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I agree pogo. I was surprised she left Six Flying Dragon for a weekend drama. SHe is perfectly capable of headlining a weekday drama.

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I still 'traumatised' with her character in Geum Sa Wol. This drama did well in rating, unfortunately I hated her character so much and wanted to kill off her character. lol.

She should carefully choose drama and role. And I dont think she should do another weekend drama after her last drama just ended last month. Unless the character is something new and she never do it before. from the description, I can see the character is too easy for her.

Can she be Tanashiri once again?

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I am also traumatized with the entire drama, especially with her idiotic character. I don't think I can watch her ever again without getting that Sa Wol character off my mind. I don't even understand why the ratings were so high; every scene in that drama had my blood boil.

She has already played this kind of character in Triangle: unemployed woman caught in between a love triangle. *yawns. The male leads and the other less prominent casts will definitely outshine her.

Man, is she in her right mind? Stop acting in every godamn drama offered to you. At least take the time to consider what would role best fits you or take the time to hone your acting skills!! ><

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I don't see her taking on weekend dramas as an issue, but to act in this type of role.. that's the real problem here. She seems to be the favorite candidate to act in dramas with first male lead actors. Believe me, Nam Goong Min is an excellent actor, but the female character should be given to someone else. BJH should be at the stage in her career where she should take on more diverse roles! As if her Geum Sa Wol character wasn't a huge humiliation to her acting already.. How irritating.

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*first time male leads

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Is this really NGM's first lead role?
Wasn't he the lead in Wild Chives Soy Bean Soup? You know, the one where Lee Won Geum played NGM's teenage character?

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JB said it is his first lead in a BROADCAST drama. Wild Chives was on jTBC

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@Mindy
Oooo....Broadcast=the big three?
Thanks for the clarification. :-)

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That drama was so bad. And I believe his character didn't show up until about episode 6, though the second lead showed up right away. I thought Sung Hoon had the part and I was so surprised when Namgoong showed up. He was great though.

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I liked the earlier, teenager episodes though. Dropped it not long after the adult main leads came on. NGM just didn't click with me in that show. IICR that drama had a massive episodes cut.

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Lee Won-geun and Yoon So-hee >>>>>>>>>> the adult leads of Wild Chives.

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Crinkles was already crinkly back then! :-D

And I liked Yoon So-hee's character in WCSBS better than her char in MND.

Whoa. Gotta stop. Veering off topic. :-D

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If she accept, I (once again) don't understand Baek Jinhee's career choices. This doesn't even sound like a plot worth risking low ratings for.

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Gotta agree, seems like she's just taking the easy route rather than challenging herself with diverse roles. Diversity is what she needs. It sucks because the girl was amazing as Tanashiri

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Yay finally something new for NGM! But that character though... as if the writer summarized every Kdrama ever written and made this one.

BJH is one of my girl crushes! So pretty. But I didn't like her 2 previous dramas- the prosecutor and GSW.

Anyway about the story.. so NGM is wrongfully accused, lawyer now, also chaebol.. how will he meet BJH? She'll work for him? Meh kinda boring. But we'll see.

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I am going to write Han Groo's name in all casting related post until that girl actually decides to do another drama again. I know she got married but come on, time for a come back. On a second note, BJH is monotone, is there nobody else??

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Wasn't she pretty much exiled from the industry after her scandal?

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What scandal? You're the first one to mention it so please elaborate kindly.

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Nam goong min was also in unemployed romance so this aint his first lead role. I'm happy tho coz I love love nam goong min.

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Yes, but Unemployed Romance was a short cable drama. This is his first lead on Broadcast TV.

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It's nice to have him as a male lead; however, the description of his character is taking away my excitement. Because it seems like a short-lived brainstorm add to that the original storyline and I can't see this turning out good.

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Love him. So happy for him being the lead. About time!!

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YAY! Namgoong Min! At last your time has come!! Kill it. I'm glad he's taking the time to relax his psyche, lol. I haven't watched Remember yet, but I will. I also must say the new hair is really a look for him. If you had such a nice forehead you should have been showing it off all this time, dude!

These character descriptions are making me laugh though. I do like the idea of an everything but the kitchen sink male lead but why are my girls always in the struggle? I'll leave it up to the writer to add something different. And the PD and NM work well together so it should be fun. Love Baek Jin Hee and if she signs on I'll be all the happier.

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Didn't realize this was his first lead role in a broadcast drama. Glad he got it though.

I first saw him in Secret Hotel (terrible drama!), but he impressed me in Remember - Son's War.
He was very convincing as a villain. It will be nice to see him in a different role...
But the main character is really an ex-con, lawyer, and an heir in this drama??? So strange..

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Ex-con human rights lawyer chaebol heir.. are you sure the writer not just mixing the characters from his previous drama, Remember?

Anyway good luck to Namgoong Min and Baek Jin Hee!

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I am so happy for him! But I cannot say I liked the production team of The Girl who Smell. I hope they do a better job here, and don't bring us SSK or the likes of her...

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Good or him! I have liked him for awhile - and have never even seen the villain roles that garnered attention recently. I was just not into those dramas, unfortunately.

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She really is gorgeous isn't she? Not the kind of gobsmack! beauty,but an understated one,the type that builds-up and stays with you forever. I miss her already *sigh*
She's so adorable,you just want to wrap her in a blanket and feed her.

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Damn! That was a reply @YY about Hong Seol. Off topic i know.

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I hated her as tanashiri but missed hearing her voice after she was killed.
Can't she play another memorable character again?

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Kudos to Namgoong Min! Did an Excellent job in playing the villain role in Remember - Son's War! Very memorable role for him!
Finally gets the lead role - he's a A-Lister! ?

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Okay these two are both great and likeable leads is no one considering the huge age gap between the two? Sorry but that is turning me off

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I like BJH, but maybe she should not accept this drama. She just finished MDGSW and I really hope she would pick a better drama. This one...I have little faith that it will succeed given that it is a weekend drama and you know.. SBS have had a history of poor ratings for their weekend dramas. I just hope she would pick a better drama. Watching her character in MDGSW felt like a huge stab to her fans due to the way it was so poorly written. It is about time for BJH to choose a better drama.

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so happy for Nam - it's high time he gets a lead role! liked him since One Fine Day etc. I also love his new 'Do' instead of the old style with bangs! go Nam G ssi! you deserve it

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I agree with all the comments about jin hee. I was hoping she would take on a much more diverse role. I have already watched many of her dramas, but only two stood out to me -- High Kick and Empress Ki. If I didn't watch these two dramas, I would have never believe this actress can act at all. For the those who are bashing her acting in MDGSW, I am pretty sure any actress out there who took the role of Sa Wol would get bashed as well. No matter how great an actress is, there is just no hope saving such a deeply flawed character or in MDGSW's case, a deeply flawed drama.

Pride and Prejudice was great until the writer screwed up there latter half. I can see why people would say she does not have any chemistry with her male characters, but she did very well with Park Seo Joon. I was hoping they can act together again, but I doubt it since they were caught in a dating rumor twice.

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i was disappointed with the story of MDGSW,but baek jin hee managed to portray what the story requires...
i will be happy to see her again in any drama that she chooses...i just hope that this time,she will be given a good script that will show her acting abilities.who knows,in the near future,she will be given a chance again to act with park seo joon.

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Can't be more than happy to watch namgoong min again in another drama after Remember...and what more as the lead!he did great in the girl who sees smell..and remember...can't yet forget his brilliant act..I just wish they will give famous actress like shin hye,ha ji won etc to pair up with him one day...;)

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