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Kim So-hyun cast as gisaeng-in-training for KBS sageuk rom-com

I’ve been wondering when we’d get to see her back in dramaland! Kim So-hyun (Radio Romance) has confirmed that she will star in the upcoming KBS adaptation of hit webtoon Nok-doo Jeon, a play on the male lead’s name Jeon Nok-doo but which also literally translates to Mung Bean Pancake. Kim So-hyun will play the female lead, Dong Dong-joo in the adaptation, a tone-deaf gisaeng-in-training with two left feet, metaphorically speaking. I like the culinary theme to the names: Dongdongjoo is a type of traditional rice wine, often served with savory pancakes.

Nok-doo Jeon is a sageuk rom-com set in a strictly women-only community in Joseon, nicknamed the “widow village.” The main hero, who wants to avoid getting married, sneaks into the widow village dressed up as a woman, and meets Kim So-hyun’s character, a feisty, hot-tempered gisaeng-in-training who is completely lacking in terms of musical talent. Which doesn’t exactly bode well for her future as a gisaeng. But thankfully, she has skills in other areas, and is commonly referred to as Jang Young-sil in her village for her ability to make anything with her tools (Jang Young-sil was a famed inventor who served in King Sejong’s court).

Directing the adaptation is Kim Dong-hwi, who helmed Fight My Way, and penning the script are writers Im Ye-jin and Baek So-yeon. I’m excited to see Im Ye-jin’s name, because she also co-wrote Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, itself an adaptation of a web novel. Nok-doo Jeon will also be a reunion between writer and actress: Im Ye-jin was a writer for Who Are You—School 2015.

Nok-doo Jeon is slated to premiere in September of this year. As for me, I’ll be waiting to see which actor the show thinks is pretty enough to pass as a woman. Thoughts, beanies?

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For historical setting dramas, have seen more plot with females pretending to be males than the other way around, so this should be interesting. This is a drama where an androgynous pretty boy would be right for the role.

Anyway, I have a huge crush on this girl and hope she hits with this role.

I don't have much hope in the writing though. Moonlight and School 2015 was saved by the actors and osts imo.

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The OST for School 2015 is legendary! I don't mind tuning in just for the gender reversals, pretty leads and aesthetic OSTs. I'm rooting for her as well! She has so much talent!

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@tofuetoffee
"...Moonlight and School 2015 was saved by the actors and OSTs imo."

Have you noticed this trend as well? I remember the big writer dramas of the hallyu wave where the writing appeared way above the level of the acting. Now, its flipped and so many dramas are being carried by the actors/OST

My only hope for this drama is that with M and S2015 in the writer's resume - it may just be this writer's skill is actually writing to enable the actors and OST to work. Will be interested to see if that is the case.

P.S. Kim So-hyun has become a such a name, I am always surprised she is not able to command better projects than she appears to currently select. Her drama's stories are almost never meaty enough to last 16 eps and the casts are top heavy.

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Like you said its actors that drama writing has gone down overall. Its not just her but almost everyone is bogged down by bad projects. I mean look at WWWSK and TYH even if you combined them they don't have enough story for 16 episodes. Romcoms have always lacked plot but they have gotten even more futile these days. RIABB and Boyfriend despite their star casts had almost no plot from the get go. I don't think she is doing anything different than other big named stars. Her acting is still rock solid which is what dramas are about these days - Good acting with little to no plot.

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@roleplay
As a viewer there is a soul crushing difference between shows that have never had plot and shows that run away from the plot they set up. (I see Boyfriend as the latter)

Shows with no plot are vacuous and you know that going in...no investment no foul. On the other hand, shows that run away from the plot or abandon it for contrived setups offer you the world only to pull it away once you are in deep.

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My point remains actors can't do much about bad or poor scripts. If a scriptwriter loses direction or a director has poor skills the they are the ones to blame. Good actors like her give their best to each and every character and the performance of a drama is not in their hands. I would never fault her for bad scripts because with each character she has shown subtle but strong growth in acting.

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In some of the roles Kim So-Hyun played while she was in elementary school, the characters she played were so despicable that I even started to dislike the young actress. All that changed after Let's Fight Ghost (Bring it on Ghost). I loved her role in that drama and most of all, I was completely impressed with how her influence on Taec-yeon seemed to transform him from a really "weak" actor into an actor of merit. For the first time, I took Taec-yeon seriously as an actor. He became believable and I credited that to the relaxed and playful chemistry he had with Kim So-Hyun. Since then, Taec-yeon has shown himself well in his dramas and Kim So-Hyun is still a strong and talented actress but may have taken on several roles that were beneath her ability.

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As for male actors pretty enough to play female roles, maybe Song Joong ki or Park Bo Gum depending on how tall they are compared to the females in the drama and how much they may have been working out lately. In the historical dramas hair is hidden in both males and females. If not hidden, at least it is stylized in such a way as to diminish personality and individuality. I love seeing how people wear their hair naturally and believe that is something to consider in deciding which males might pass as female in a historical drama. If the hair is all slicked back, it's harder to hide masculine features

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Or Kim Bum or Kim Jeong Hoon might also work for actors being about to pass from female.

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@zzthorn,

Yes to both of them. Thanks for the reminder of GOONG / PRINCESS HOURS. ;-)

From that same time period in Kdramaland, Bae Soo-bin was androgynously attractive in JUMONG.

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Jin Young from Moonlight Drawn By Clouds would look the part i think 🤔

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I usually boys who look like girls.

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I find it hard to picture KSH "with two left feet" - she normally strikes me as so graceful. But she is a good actress, so maybe she can pull it off.
I've heard he sing, so it's easier to see her as tone-deaf.

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I love this girl with all my heart and soul but its true she is not the best singer or dancer. Her singing is eons above her dancing but it just makes me love her more!

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LOVE Kim So Hyun!!! She's my fav teen actress (well not teen anymore, but I've been following her since Moon days). Can't wait to watch Love Alarm, and with this drama, it will be a year full of Kim So Hyun!!!

I heard some reports about Jang Dong Yoon taking the lead male role. I don't dislike him, but he's not my fav either. He was kinda nice in School 2017 and Mr. Sunshine. He actually dressed as a female for Just Dance, maybe this is a reason why he was choosen for this (he is in talks, not confirmed yet)...

What do you people think of this choice?

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Since Solomon's Perjury, I really like this actor. He was incredible in this role. I liked him in A Poem A Day, it's sad what the writer did to his character on the other hand...

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He might look somewhat like Ariel Lin, is what I was thinking.

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I haven't seen him in his most recent dramas but I think he's quite good, based on what I saw in solomon's perjury.

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Jang Dong-yoon is not someone I think of when I think "pretty boy." Most of all, I wish they cast an actor closer to Kim So-hyun's age.

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Oh, I like JDY! He's great in all of the projects that I've seen him in.

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This sounds really fun!
So looking forward to seeing which actor they choose!
Low-key want it to be Ji Chang Wook. Do we remember his Disney Princess Snow White in Batchelor vegetable store! He was so pretty!
https://twitter.com/fanwithacause/status/825433385606606848
And he's apparently willing to cross dress for a role!

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Ji Chang Wook as a credible woman? He's famous for his very large shoulders. Between willing to cross dress and being plausible, there is a little difference.

But I want to see him in a new drama too :)

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Hmm that's true. Depending on what the story line is, they might want someone who is either passes as a girl more easily and can be 'beautiful' haha or someone who barely passes as a girl and is bullied by the other gisengs in training and is 'saved' by Kim So Hun's character. That could be interesting too!
I guess we will have to wait and watch!

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@unmyeong2025 Yashashree Jadhav,

Dang, Ji Chang-wook is cute as Snow White.

Judging from some of the scenes of him as the emperor in EMPRESS KI, I think he could pull it off.

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And he is being discharged the end of this month from the military! Maybe this can be his return drama :D

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The more I read your description, the funnier it gets. At first I thought this was the same Mung Bean show the 6FD team was working on and wondered why it became a rom-com and casting big names this late.

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Whoop, I totally thought the same thing until your comment!

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I had to check the date to see if this was an April Fool's type post. I guess not. I have become a sageuk fan so I am sure I will check out MUNG BEANS CHRONICALS (working title according to a Soompi article I just read) when it airs.

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Sorry. MUNG BEAN CHRONICLES.

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OMG! SAME! I had to read it over a few times before realizing they are not the same drama! Thankfully they aren't coming out at the same time otherwise I'd be so confused! The premise sounds like a hoot and I'd love to see what KSH does with role! A male actor prettier than her is going to be a hard find though!

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LOL

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Totally random, but I think Ahn Woo-yeon would make a pretty girl. He has that thing at the end of his eyes, like that tiny wing you usually draw with eyeliner. LOL I don't know what it's called but he's so pretty in Five Kids.

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@mary

I could see Ahn Woo-yeon as a pretty girl. But I suspect uri Song Jae-rim would truly be a bigger knockout. ;-)

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I thought that her next drama was about a love app for Netflix? So she already filmed it?

It sounds like a fun sageuk, I like it. I liked a lot Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, it was so funny. The trio Kim You-Jung, Park Bo Gum and Kwak Dong Yeon were good and have a great chemistry.

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I think Love Alarm was pre-produced. Since its for Netflix, we will get the full drama once it airs (ala Kingdom).

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Love Alarm already finished filming 2 months ago. Its only and 8 episode drama like and like all Netflix content is entirely pre-filmed. Both her dramas will most likely air in the same month. A double dose of Kim So-Hyun is never ever a bad thing! Its impossible not to love this talented angel.

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Would love to see her reunited with Yook Sungjae. I guess he can pass off as a pretty woman easily with his those gorgeous looks. Or may be Do kyungsoo? Oh how I would love to see kyungsoo back on screen and that also on a saeguk drama.

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@aamiabdulla aami,
I was thinking Do Kyung-soo, too. But it might make Seja "uncomfortable." Har!

And in the total fantasy category, Song Seung-heon -- who has the most beautiful eyelashes on the planet. ;-)

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Sungjae dressed up as a girl before and he was so pretty!

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Park Hyun-sik as the pretty boy/man?

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He could pull of the cross dressing part well. I'm just glad SHE is finally making a comeback.

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I second this combination!!

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Me too. He would be perfect. Either him or his good friend Kim Taehyung from the boy band BTS.

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Oooooooooh the reversal where the man dresses up as a girl. I soooo like this premise.

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Also ahn yeo seop as a girl? Or Cha Eun Wo? I KNOW 100% that cha eun wo can pulling off looking like a girl but he's still green in the acting department.

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Cha Eun Wo would be an amazing choice. I agree he is a little bit green, but he has a petite and feminine face, which would be perfect for this role.

BTW, Ahn Hyo Seop already has a drama coming with Park Bo Young. So, I think he won't be casted on this one (he already dropped out from Love Alarm which Kim So Hyun filmed not too long ago)...so no chances now...

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Cha eun woo was confirmed for another sageuk i THINK with shin hye sun. But he does have the most pretty feminine face.

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I thought it was L who was cast alongside Shin Hye Sun for Dan, Only Love.

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Ironically, Kim So Hyun filmed a short drama where the male lead dressed as a girl, I think it was called Ma Boy (though it was on modern days).

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I think the word is coincidentally not ironically. Sorry for the grammer nazi!

I'm loving that this is a potential joseon take on that because even there she played a girl with two left feet!

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I think the word is coincidentally not ironically. Sorry for the grammer nazi!

I'm loving that this is a potential joseon take on that because even there she played a girl with two left feet!

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Ma Boy was even recapped on Dramabeans. Kim Sun-woong made a beautiful girl.

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Or they could cast a girl and have her pretend to be a guy pretending to be a girl...

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I jus wanna know how they plan to get a guy prettier than her unless they cast an extremely flowerly faced idol like BTS V or Cha Eun Woo

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And she could have amnesia, too.

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Thanks to the cart of doom.

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How about L? I'm rewatching SUFBB and willing to give him another chance.

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@ultramafic Nam Joo-hyuk is Tall,

You're right. L would look very pretty.

Or how about Lee Min-ki? We already know that Byung-hee looks fab in eyeliner -- and I seem to recall his absconding in his girlfriend's skirt. ;-)

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When you talk about pretty, L's name should definitely come out. Idk though if he can deliver acting-wise. But aesthetic-wise, I'm all for it!

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What is with mung beans? Jo Jung Suk's drama is also titled mung beans, to be exact Mung Bean Flowers 😆

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@katakwasabi,
My thoughts exactly, which I started writing before you posted. Great minds running in the same DB channel. ;-)

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Heh. High five! I was confused at first and thought it was the same drama. I had to google the exact title 🤣

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Mung Bean Flowers, Mung Bean Chronicles next up we have Mung Bean Restaurant about a magical chef who whips up the 'jeon of happiness'! As far as name trends go I'm liking this 'unique' sense. ;)

I'm down for this plot and youth saeguks are hard to come by so the more the better! This girl is especially talented in the genre and I can't wait to see her keen acting sense.

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Thanks for more casting news, @tipsymocha.

So now we have Joseon rom-com MUNG BEAN PANCAKE hot on the heels of MUNG BEAN FLOWER set during the Donghak Rebellion?!? Wey, Writer-nim, wey?!

Is the venerable mung bean the newest fad in Kdramaland? Will it replace robot friends and lovers -- and exorcist priests?

This sounds like a Joseon variation on PERSONAL TASTE.

If Sadie Hawkinsville is a "strictly women-only community," why is there a gibang?

I'm always game for a good tale with cross-dressing. I nominate Jang Geun-seok, who I think could pull it off. I feel kind of sorry for whomever gets the role. Lee Joon-gi set the bar stratospherically high in THE KING AND THE CLOWN. Manseh, Gong-gil!

As a thought experiment, I'd love to see what Jang Hyuk would do in such a role. I don't think he's played such a character, but I bet he would be fantastic. He goes for broke in all his roles.

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Lee Jun-ki is prettier than most women in hanbok.
My vote for 2nd place is a tie between Yoo Seung-ho and Yoo Yeon-seok. I think Seung-ho was very pretty in "Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River" and Yeon-seok was unbelievably gorgeous in "Hedwig." I can see him transform into a beautiful gisaeng if he wasn't so tall.

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Lee Jun-ki and Yoo Yeon-seok are beautiful as women. YYS really surprised me as he was gorgeous. Though LJK's face has become more masculine as he got older.

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@kiara,

I'd forgotten how beautiful Yoo Seung-ho looked in SEONDAL. Very fetching!

As for Hedwig, you're right, Yoo Yeon-seok is a blonde bombshell. Oh Man-seok, who originated this role -- as well as Gong-gil in the stage production of "Yi," upon which THE KING AND THE CLOWN was based -- is quite a stunner, too. HAECHI's Yi Tan (Jung Moon-sung) looks surprisingly lovely. He has beautiful eyes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adqykukRdLI

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YAY to all of our stage actors! I'm very excited to see Oh Man-seok in a drama even if I'll be hating on his character lol. Thank you for sharing :).
Speaking of HAECHI I think Jung Il-woo would look beautiful as a Joseon lady.

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@kiara,
OMS is one of my faves. Glad you liked that clip.

And yes, Jung Il-woo would be quite a beauty, too.

I think Yoon Si-yoon would, too. He tried to pass himself off as a saleslady of bust-enhancement snakeoil among the palace maids in MIRROR OF THE WITCH / SECRET HEALER, but he wasn't trying very hard. If he put his mind to it, he could be quite a looker. ;-)

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So Hyun looks more like the cross dressing male lead than Jang Dong Yoon, because the way the writer draws the male lead is much more beautiful than the female lead. It would be hard to cast an actor that is so beautiful and feminine and with convincing acting. I couldn’t think of anyone...

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I recommend Jung Jin-young for the role...another reunion for the actor and the writer! And boy he's beautiful!

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I’m going to throw Lee Gikwang into the cross-dressing ring. That boy is so beautiful and has two awards proving it. Lol! In all seriousness, his face is very effeminate and he could pull the acting off in spades as well.

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Didn’t he just go formIlitary duty tho?

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Almost forgot. I don’t think he’s there yet, but later this month. It’s fun to imagine anyway.

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It's true Lee Gi-kwang is remarkably beautiful. His eyes and smile are mesmerizing. And don't get me started on his luscious lips!

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My two wishes for the male lead:
1) age-appropriate
2) no idols who cannot act e.g., more Kang Chan-hee (2000), less Cha Eun-woo (1997)

Mung Bean Pancake is Kim So-hyun's second gender bender drama after Ma Boy.

Kim So-hyun in a sageuk reminds me I still need to finish Ruler - Master of the Mask. Honestly, I ought to just drop it at this point.

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Yeah, Master of the Mask was bad written... Don't torture yourself :p

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You don't have to finish it just watch the parts with the 2 leads (together and separately) because it amounts to less than 3 hours in the whole drama. I'm sure there are compiled videos on youtube or vimeo for their parts only. They really did them dirty in that drama.

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I'd love Yook Sungjae & Kim Sohyun to reunite for this.

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I do hope that this is going to be a good drama for her. I love her ever since THE DUO (2011). She had a small part but she stood out.
I'd love to see her with Noh Young-hak, Park Gun-tae, Park Ji-bin, Lee Min-ho (93), Kwak Dong-yeon, Yeo Jin-goo again in the future.
They have sageuk experience but under-rated except for Yeo Jin-goo.

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Seriously, for how good she is her choice of dramas have been disappointing, and her male costars uncomfortably too old for me. Feel the same about kim yoo jung. Really rooting for them to nail it in a good drama.
I cannot express how annoyed I am at noh young hak and co. being so underrated. Seriously, guys like yeon joon seok, park gun tae, and park ji bin are just around 4 years older than ksh, which is perfect. And must we need say any more about their acting chops...

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I don't think there is a rule about good actors having to pick good dramas. For example son ye jin has no eye for picking dramas but she is a great actress. Its about the kind of scripts that go to them. Its possible they are picking the best of the lot its just that the lot is not always great.

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Of course there's no rule. It's just very disappointing, as we don't see their skills properly shown. At least son ye jin does great in movies. Well, so hyun and yoo jung are still young, just hope this doesn't become a regular thing.

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You're right she's still very young so I wouldn't worry to much for sohyun finding the right role eventually. I've seen many child stars suffer through bad roles while moving to adult roles and some still do. For sohyun and jingoo they find it better to power through roles till they find the right fit. That's a good strategy as well since they have the talent to back it up.

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@sparks121
I just made the same observation above. It is almost like a Twilight Zone - bizarre psychosis running through KDrama land. Its becoming so common I wonder if it has to do with some weird IOUs.

To me, KSH appears stranded in her dramas with little to react to and the story has nowhere to go but her or her Male co-star. I long for the day when she is in a strong ensemble cast so she has more to work with and react to....(I think this is Bae Doona's strength)

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You are not alone. I missed them all! This generation of talented child actors needs to reunite in their 20s.

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Jang Dong-yoon is considering, and he is ABSOLUTELY beautiful enough to pull it off.

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I'm team Jang Dong-yoon! If he accepts they will be an adorable pairing!

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He is good in Just Dance. And for the first time I'm liking the male lead opposite KSH since she is establish herself as a leading lady if Jang dong Yoon get choosen! He can act and definitely can create chemistry with his co star, as evidence with Park Se Wan!

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This requires a pretty boy...let's wait and see...

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@tesshan,
I wouldn't restrict it to pretty boys. A talented chameleon with a good makeup team would do -- especially if he's not too tall.

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True...it can also be a not so pretty looking lady lol

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For the male lead, I think they should choose an actor who isn't too tall because if he exceeds every women by 30cm, it would like very funny (like the SF9 Taeyang and Hwiyoung reacting Lovers in Paris and Goblin) but not very credible.

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@kurama,
And visions of Yoon Kyun-sang in drag with the rest of the Noisy Hongs in REBEL are dancing in my head. ;-)

Omo! Cast Ryu Deok-hwan! He has already channeled Madonna in LIKE A VIRGIN, and would be fantastic as a gisaeng. He can dance up a storm, his eye acting is top notch, and he has immense presence. He's the right height and build, too.

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I agree he could look good in giseang :p And he's good for comedy.

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KSH herself is quite tall so a slightly taller male lead wouldn't be a problem. On the other hand if the height is part of the premise to add humor and confusion it wouldn't be such a bad idea to have a tall actor. I don't care who they cast as long as they can act the part. I just want to see KSH being a fiesty JYS-kinda character. Its an absolute departure from anything she's done before and sounds like great fun.

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If it’s one of Kim So-Hyun’s work then I’ll definitely watch it no matter what. I love this talented girl. She’s a beauty inside and out. 😊😊😊 On the other hand, I don’t mind whoever became the ML as long as they’re convincing.

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Yoon park, Kim jae young or my favourite alligator lover shin jae ha😉😉😉😉😉

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vlkBadWolf what do u think about this?????

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Looking forward to it! Choi Woo Shik would be a perfect fit.

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Kim Nam-gil anyone? just watch him/her in fiery priest! or Taemin though he might be too pretty! he does have a face i could stare at forever. a lot of the singing idols who have acted could pull it off. lest we forget Heechul!

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Oh my! You just reminded me that we need also to think about the voice as we do our ML daydreams here. While Kim Nam-gil is far too tall for this role (imo) his voice is borderline when it comes to passing for a woman. I just totally forgot to factor that in to the qualities a guy would need to easily be accepted as female. It's much harder for me to remember the voices for these guys as it is to remember their faces.

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Some of the suggestions here... for real, normally it's always about age-appropriate casting here, but now a good amount of the male lead role casting suggestions are guys who are in their thirties?? Hope those were just made as a general 'who would make a pretty woman' and less 'I want him as Kim Sohyun's love interest'.

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Except for a few my guess is most of them were made in jest. I'm pretty sure everyone wants an age appropriate male lead for the lovely Kim Sohyun but it is also true a beautiful actor in her age range is hard to find. I think Jang Dongyoon who the production have named is a decent choice since he can act and with the right make up can look pretty feminine. He's also the right age visually so a good match all-in-all. Park Hyungshik and Yook Sungjae would be great choices for male lead also.

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Except for a few my guess is most of them were made in jest. I'm pretty sure everyone wants an age appropriate male lead for the lovely Kim Sohyun but it is also true a beautiful actor in her age range is hard to find. I think Jang Dongyoon who the production have named is a decent choice since he can act and with the right make up can look pretty feminine. He's also the right age visually so a good match all-in-all. Park Hyungshik and Yook Sungjae would be great choices for male lead also.

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@chi,
I'm making my suggestions based solely on acting talent and suitability and confidence to pass for female. Some of them look younger than their chronological age.

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For real. I even think Jang Dong-yoon (1992) is too old for Kim So-hyun (1999), yet beanies are suggesting nothing but actors born in the eighties. Who cares if Kim Jeong-hoon (1980) and Kim Nam-gil (1981) make the most beautiful cross-dressing women when they are two decades older than her? Do beanies want to see another Clean With Passion for Now?

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Don't taint this drama by bringing up that colossal mess. He's not too old for her. He's the same age as L who looked perfectly fine with her. Like someone said its about visual age as well not just real age.

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"That colossal mess" are even younger (1987 and 1985) than the suggestions here. Lee Min-ki does not look "visually" Kim So-hyun's age nor did Yoon Park in Radio Romance. I will take any actor born in the nineties over actors born in the eighties.

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If you will take any actor in the nineties then stop cribbing about Jang donyoon. Just hope that he accepts the role if you don't want an eighties born actor. Be thankful the production is even looking at a nineties actor who looks similar in age to her. We all know how difficult it is to cast male actors these days.

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We all know how difficult it is to cast male actors these days.

Why is it difficult? Do male actors not need work? Do post-1992 male actors need even less work?

Beanies were against Yoon Doo-joon's casting in Radio Romance, yet are dream casting pre-1989 actors here.

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@panshel Male actors in the 92 below group prefer to act with actresses in the 90 and above group. Haven't you been following recent news? Noona romances have taken the trend so younger actresses are having a harder time finding male leads close to their age. If he accepts its a blessing for her and us otherwise they'll go and cast an actor from the eighties line. Just be grateful if he accepts and don't crib.

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I think Im Shi-wan will certainly fit the role, in terms of passing on as a pretty woman.

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He is also small and his voice is soft and pleasant. Good choice! I don't have a clue how old he is, but for me it is not a big deal on the age differences when a 30 year old looks 22 anyway. If it is very hard to visually distinguish how old a person is, then I don't think it should matter how old their character is in the drama unless their acting isn't so great and they can't act the appropriate age.

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@ Ginger,

Yes! And Im Shi-wan sings, too. He looks great in Goryeo garb with a mane of glory. I'm not sure how that would translate to a Joseon gisaeng wig. LOL!

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Kim Soo Hyun. Apart from the obvious beauty the name confusion would be a hilarious meta and the behind the scenes would be amusing to watch.

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@nomadic,
I love it! And then the show could be subtitled THE SUN EMBRACING THE MOON. Alas, he's currently serving and won't be discharged until July 22. ;-)

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I'm surprised no one has mentioned Kim Soo Hyun. Apart from the obvious beauty the name confusion would be a hilarious meta and the behind the scenes would be amusing to watch.

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She had done something similar to this before but it was modern drama, anybody remember ma boy??

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Yes Ma Boy was super short but hilarious! Can you believe its already been 7 years since? A historical reverse gender bender is so rare that its piqued my interest.

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She's so adorable. I enjoy her every time I see her.

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Yes exactly I'm always waiting for her to be in a new drama because its delightful to watch her. A natural born talent who also works hard.

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Im siwan is perfect for this role ..pretty and average height

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Having just watched Ho Goo's Love, I think Choi Wu-Sik will suit the role nicely.

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I hope we get to see that high school boy from sky castle, can’t remember his name. He looks very pretty and I think can easily pass as a girl. Plus both of them will make an adorable couple

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