Solomon’s Perjury’s bad boy Baek Chul-min joins youth drama Andante
I have a feeling this is just the beginning of a wave of casting stories we’ll be seeing for the young stars of JTBC’s thoughtful mystery Solomon’s Perjury. The show might be a ratings underdog, but it really made the right move in casting young unknowns who get to showcase their acting chops in a really meaty story. Among them is bad boy Baek Chul-min, who’s already been cast in his next drama—KBS’s Andante, the new coming-of-age series starring EXO’s Kai (Choco Bank) and child actress Jung Da-bin (Flower in Prison).
The new youth drama is about a city boy who moves to a small town—not exactly a high-concept premise, but I can see slice-of-life potential in there, especially in a high school story. EXO’s Kai stars as an 18-year-old city boy who one day finds himself having to move to a small rural town where his father’s side of the family lives. Baek Chul-min plays the popular boy at the small-town high school, a cheerful student who is loved by all the teachers and students, and dreams of becoming a doctor one day. The two boys will be friends when Kai transfers there.
Right now I can’t picture this at all, because Baek Chul-min is playing a tyrant bully with a short fuse and a possible murder rap in Solomon’s Perjury. He’s doing a great job of making that violent tormenter character frighteningly amoral one day, then suddenly sympathetic the next (it’s fascinating, the way we’re meant to change our minds about his guilt or innocence like every twenty minutes), so I’m pretty sure in his next drama I’m going to be worried about his secret dark side the whole time. But maybe this drama has bigger worries, like Kai taking the lead role in his first full-length drama.
Andante comes from writers Park Sun-ja and Kwon Ki-kyung of the youth series Sharp and PD Park Ki-ho of Ad Genius Lee Tae-baek, and is being planned for a broadcast later this year on KBS.
Via E Daily
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