Kim Yoo-jung offered leading role in School 2017
Yay, I couldn’t be happier about this news! Casting has finally commenced on School 2017, the seventh installment of KBS’s high school drama franchise, and an offer has been made to Kim Yoo-jung (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) to headline. It seems like a no-brainer that she’d be their first choice, given that she’s one of dramaland’s biggest youth stars, and her last series Moonlight Drawn By Clouds was a huge hit for the network.
School is a franchise of standalone seasons that tells stories set in high school and focuses on teen issues of the day like bullying and academic pressure. It began in 1999 and launched several early Hallyu stars’ careers (Jang Hyuk, Bae Doo-na, Gong Yoo, Lee Dong-wook, Im Soo-jung and more), and then was revived after a long hiatus in 2013 with Lee Jong-seok and Kim Woo-bin in the teen bromance to end all bromances. Who Are You–School 2015 starred Kim So-hyun in a season with a melodrama-mystery bent, which was more addictive but had less of the realism that the franchise built its name on.
The newest season will be helmed by PD Park Jin-seok of Naked Fireman and written by Im Soo-mi of the Let’s Eat franchise, long-running office comedy Rude Miss Young-ae, and old sitcoms like Three Men, Three Women and Nonstop 4. They haven’t revealed any story details yet, but the new season plans to stick to the original core of the series, to show real high school students’ lives and struggles. I’m especially happy about the addition of writer Im Soo-mi, because I would call both seasons of Let’s Eat relatable, funny, and poignant. School tends to be more dramatic than most of the dramas on her resume, but I feel like I can trust that she’ll give it heart.
This may be familiar ground for Kim Yoo-jung, who’s played her fair share of students both bullied (Angry Mom) and bullying (Thread of Lies/Elegant Lie), but I’d love to see her take a role like this where she’s front and center as the high school student and tackling some good ol’ teen angst. Hm, I wonder if any of her Moonlight co-stars are free. Kwak Dong-yeon is the right age for this, right?
School 2017 is being planned for a July broadcast on KBS.
Via Herald Pop
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