Child actress Jung Da-bin (Flower in Prison) and EXO’s Kai (Seventh First Kiss) have been confirmed as leads for a new KBS youth drama called Andante. Andante is a coming-of-age story about a young man who moves to the countryside one morning and discovers a real live ecosystem. Kai plays the protagonist, a high school student named Lee Shi-kyung, and Jung Da-bin stars as the female lead; details about her role have not been released at this time.
Directed by PD Park Ki-ho (Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek) and written by Park Sun-ja and Kwon Ki-kyung of the popular youth series Sharp (which starred early-career Go Ara, Yoo Ah-in, Oh Yeon-seo, and Seo Joon-young), Andante will be fully pre-produced with an episode count of sixteen. The table read already took place, and cameras will roll shortly. The production company behind Andante is the same one that made High School: Love On, so pretty sure they know a thing or two about adolescence shows.
This project would be Kai’s first broadcast network show. His previous works were web dramas Choco Bank and the Lotte Duty Free-backed Seventh First Kiss. Andante is also a first for Jung Da-bin; it’s her first leading role, where she won’t be playing the younger version of an adult character for once. The “ice cream girl” has grown so much since her Baskin Robbins CF days, and though she’s still quite young at age sixteen, it seems she’s transitioning into leading lady territory. I can’t say much regarding Kai’s acting since I’m not very familiar with any of his work, but he and Jung Da-bin do make one pretty pair.
Andante is aiming to premiere in the second half of the year on KBS.