Drama Casting & News
News bites: July 2, 2016
by | July 2, 2016 | 31 Comments

Park Bo-young, Song Chang-eui

  • Park Bo-young (Oh My Ghostess) is confirmed for the title role in Strong Woman Do Bong-soon. I’m excited for her return to dramaland, and while there’s still very little plot info available, I love that she’s headlining in what is sure to be a spunky, strong role. Planned for a January 2017 airdate on JTBC, Strong Woman Do Bong-soon will be penned by Beloved Eun-dong writer Baek Mi-kyung and directed by Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-ki’s PD, Lee Hyung-min. [News1]
  • Congratulations to Song Chang-eui (Dr. Frost) — he’s getting married in September. Song made the announcement directly to his fan club (instantly breaking thousands of hearts, no doubt) stating, “I’m starting the second stage of my life with a precious person who has constantly been there for me in times of joy, sorrow, and hardship.” His bride-to-be is a non-celebrity whom he met through an acquaintance. [Star Today]

  • Jung So-min, Lee Dong-hwi

  • This pairing seems a bit unusual, but I love them both individually and I’m looking forward to watching their collaboration: Lee Dong-hwi (Answer Me 1988) and Jung So-min (D-Day) have been cast as the leads in KBS drama special Red Teacher, which is based on a script that won runner-up in a 2015 contest. A coming-of-age story having to do with communism and set in the 1980s, Red Teacher is scheduled to air in August. [TV Report]
  • There have been conflicting reports about Park Han-byul (I Have A Lover) taking the lead in MBC’s upcoming Blow Breeze. In the drama about a wealthy older gentleman who doesn’t have much longer to live and who suddenly discovers he has an heir, she’s up for the role of Mi-poong (which means breeze; the title is a punny way of referencing her name), a young woman who defected from the North and has settled in South Korea. She grew up in a wealthy Pyongyang household and is correspondingly high-maintenance. Despite her sizable ego, Mi-poong’s a cheerful girl and described as a “lovable Pyongyang punk.” Initial reports stated Park had accepted, while her reps came back with, “It’s true she received a script, but there have been no further discussions.” The weekend drama will be written by Kim Sa-kyung (Rosy Lovers), and the cast so far includes Sohn Ho-joon, Han Joo-wan, Sohn Chang-min, and Lee Il-hwa. Blow Breeze premieres in August after the conclusion of Happy Home. [Joongang, My Daily]

  • Park Han-byul, Hyun-woo, Seo Shin-ae

  • Weekend drama Five Kids has averaged viewership ratings of 25-30% and has been extended from 50 to 54 episodes. The show will conclude on KBS at the end of August. [Digital Times]
  • Following Five Kids is Laurel Tree Tailors, and Hyun-woo (Jackpot) is positively considering a role as a young man preparing to enter the workforce in the upcoming KBS weekend drama. [My Daily]
  • Former child actress Seo Shin-ae (Queen’s Classroom) has filmed a guest appearance on W—Two Worlds. The Wed-Thurs drama starring Lee Jong-seok and Han Hyo-joo will premiere on MBC on July 20. [Osen]

  • Lee Hana, Kim Gyu-ri

  • Our Gap-soon, the upcoming weekend drama starring Mary’s man, has cast its titular lead: Lee Hana is reuniting with Song Jae-rim (they worked together in Unkind Women) and will play his long-suffering girlfriend. She’s approaching thirty and as she clings to her boyfriend’s hopes of passing the civil service exam (and her hopes of a proposal), she works several part-time jobs to stay afloat. Also joining the show in an unspecified role is Kim Gyu-ri (King’s Face). Our Gap-soon will air on SBS in August after the conclusion of Yes, That’s How It Is. [Joongang 1, 2]


31 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Sera The Ms Temper

    Is Lee Ha Na confirmed?? Oh no. Among the reunion that I won’t want.😭 They had zero chemistry in Unkind Ladies. Can they cast other actress to pair with Jae Rim? sigh..

    • 1.1 mary

      Does that mean she’s the “Gap-soon”? So is the story about her instead?

      • 1.1.1 Sera The Ms Temper

        😱 Probably.

      • 1.1.2 V

        Not necessarily. Going by Beautiful Gong Shim’s title, you can suppose the story is about Gong Shim but Nam Goong-min’s character is very much the lead. Though Gong Shim has a lot of focus as well.

      • 1.1.3 V

        Got cut off-so I think it’s safe to suppose this will be the same as well.

    • 1.2 pooneh

      completely agree 🙁

    • 1.3 Nika

      Unfortunatelly she is confirmed…sigh. I would rather have him being paired with the one playing his older sister instead.lol.

      • 1.3.1 Sera The Ms Temper

        LOL agreed. I’m not hating her, but I’m not a fan of her acting. I’m still wishing her to drop off. But it will be so selfish of me. sobs..

    • 1.4 rosaline cha

      I am Lee Ha na’s fan and very excited she is playing in a new drama!

  2. Sancheezy

    ooh welcome back Hyun-woo——

  3. RY

    Hooray for the Five Children extension!! More family adventures please.

    • 3.1 Adal

      Yep, I’m pretty excited about the extension and hope it doesn’t ruin the lot. They’ve been doing so well so far.

      • 3.1.1 Adal

        Sorry, I meant “plot”.

      • 3.1.2 Amilia

        Ditto. I know extensions usually ruin things, but I was feeling sad that there were only 10 or so episodes left. I could live with these people for quite a while.

  4. Lidyadya

    Lol now the whole world know that Song Jaerim is Mary’s man.
    I still couldn’t find Lee Hana’s works that I like, but Jaerim is great even though they got awkward chemistry in Unkind Women (plus the awkwardly squeeze Kim Ji Seok).
    So I hope this one turn out great too, because I like to watch weekend dramas when I’m taking rest in between the weekday dramas.

    • 4.1 Sera The Ms Temper

      I missed mary’s man part because I was frustrated with the news. LOL

    • 4.2 Bazu

      Even though I adore Seo In Guk, I dropped High School King of Savvy halfway partly cos I didn’t quite fancy her acting chops :/

      I’d rather root for Mary and Song Jae Rim instead. The chemistry will be daebak hahaha 👫❤

    • 4.3 yessy

      I dont understand why many people dont like Lee Ha Na, She was adorable and perfectly fit the roles in High School King of Savvy, I cannot imagine any other actresses for Soo Young character there.

      Unkind Ladies had a poor script for couple LHN-SJR that why everybody felt awkward, even the character Ma-Ri was awkward herself but I love the scenes they were together, sweet enough.

      So I am happy to see this couple again to complete their open ending in Unkind Ladies.

  5. kanz

    Excited for Park Bo Young and her new drama.
    Wish Ji Chang Wook offered male lead part. But now I’m not so sure since he’s considering K2.

    • 5.1 Erika

      Wish Park Bo Young got matched with Ji Chang Wook…

  6. PBY

    Thank you for linking to the previous Gap-dong article and Mary’s comment about apple butts 🍎 XD.

  7. Kiara

    So many young talented child actress in their teens. I didn’t realize Seo Shin-ae is also 17. I rather see this cameo appearance then watch her in a full drama being paired with a 30yr old male actor. She kind of look like Nam Ji-Hyun in that picture.

    Good to see Park Bo-young in a jTBC drama. I hope they’ll cast a leading man around her acting level like Jo Jung-Seok. Maybe she’ll get her wish to act with Yeo Jin-goo.

  8. Peeps

    I admit that when I read about Sohn ChangEui, I was so confused, because I thought he was already married.

    Then I realised that I was thinking of Yoo JiTae. Heheh. Am I the only one who gets them mixed up?

  9. Archer

    Yay, it’s Lee Dong Hwi’s turn now as a lead! Is this drama supposed to follow Bogum’s drama?

  10. 10 V

    I’m excited about Park Bo young, love her! ❤❤❤ Also glad to hear about Lee Ha Na in Song Jae Rim’s new drama. I actually like her acting and I liked her chemistry with him in Unkind Women. 😅🙌

  11. 11 chiyako92

    I congratulate Song Chang-eui for her marriage, but I can’t do the same with Song Jae-rim. I wished for him a better pairing with a younger-looking actress. I’ll definitely skip this drama.

    • 11.1 chiyako92

      *His* marriage. Sorry Song Chang-eui for gender confusion. Ignorant keyboard!

  12. 12 Miky

    Wishing all the best to Song Chang-eui and his future to be wife….Hope to hear more news about Park Bo Young upcoming drama..and so happy seeing Lee Dong Hwi as a lead,even if it is a special drama…

    Might be the only one on Dramabeans that doesn’t get the Song Jae Rim hype(don’t kill me)..Not a big fan of Lee Ha Na but she is not bad so maybe i’ll check it out if the story is good….

    • 12.1 Sera The Ms Temper

      SJR’s hype here honestly not mainly because of his acting or he is super duper famous but.. beanies should know by now that he is mary’s man. Thanks to mary, SJR got to be famous here. 😇😇

  13. 13 korfan

    “Mary’s man”

    This pretty much sums it up. Heh!

  14. 14 franbergh

    wow! red teacher sounds interesting. i was hoping there will be another drama from writing competition like angry mom. i’ll look forward for this one 🙂

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