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The boys (and girl) of Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Here we get a look at the first stills of the four leads of the upcoming “campus historical drama” Sungkyunkwan Scandal, which is set in a Joseon-era school that is attended by the scholars and noble young sons of the day — and one young woman who sneaks in posing as her brother and subsequently finds herself in romantic entanglements with her fellow students.

This is the drama debut for DBSK idol singer Micky Yoochun (above), whose casting at best is a big ol’ question mark. I’ve seen a handful of idols make impressive acting debuts so there’s always hope, but the numbers aren’t in the idols’ favor. We’ll see if he’s up to the task, which is no small feat: not only is it a debut role, he’s playing the primary lead, plus it’s a sageuk.

In conjunction with the opening of the drama’s official website on the 12th, there will be special events held on the site that includes the giving out of VIP invitations to the production pres conference, T-shirts, and other paraphernalia.

Sungkyunkwan Scandal attracted interest right from the get-go, having been adapted from a popular novel. Anticipation grew with the casting of each of its hot young leads and the promise of a “Joseon-era F4.” The drama will air in September on KBS.

As for the character stills:

One of these is not like the others! Surprisingly, I think Park Min-young (I Am Sam) looks kind of like a passable boy, considering how feminine she looks in real life:

 
The first thing I thought upon seeing Yoo Ah-in (Antique Bakery) as a scruffy rebel character was “Orroz!” Those of you who followed the Strongest Chil Woo recaps know what I mean, am I right?

 
Last but not least, Song Joong-ki (OB-GYN) almost gives Park Min-young a run for her money as prettiest of the group, doesn’t he?

Via Hankyung

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Er, not too impressed with what they've done with Song Joong-ki. We get that they're cashing in on his cute face but aren't they stretching it a little too far now?

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i'll probably watch this for song joong-ki's sake!

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hmmmm....I'm withcha Supah! What is going on? :-(

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why is he wearing butterflies...i'm all for feminine guys but am i the only one who finds his outfit weird?

yea i think i'm only going to watch it for song joong ki
but i'm praying it's a diamond in the rough :]

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IDK in DBSK's Banjun drama things, Yoochun was the best actor out of the five of them. Which isn't saying much I guess but it gives me hope haha.

Ahhhh and Changmin has a drama too! But it feels like they'll never show it, ugh.

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Son Joong Ki so cuteeeeee, thanks

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Also I just noticed Taecyeon on the letterhead! Haha. Cutie.

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YB meets HanaKimi meets BOF meets sageuk???

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looks interesting...gonna watch this

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Hee. Song Joong-ki is probably the reason that Park Min-young won't be questioned. The school already has one student that looks very pretty, but is clearly all boy (butterflies aside) then when a second pretty boy shows up, s/he will less likely to be questioned. If memory serves, they used that excuse in the manga version of Hana Kimi.

Speaking of which, when will we be getting the Korean adaptation of Hana Kimi? Or are there too many cross-dressing female leads as it is?

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I'll probably give this a try for Song Joong-ki. When is this kid getting a role as the main lead? He totally deserves it, imho.

Omg I didn't recognize Yoo Ah-in in that still. 0.o

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Ooooh!

I am so interested in this. Hopefully it'll be good. =P

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@Tina:

I suppose if you consider butterflies feminine, then it appears feminine. To me, I never consider butterflies as being "feminine", but beautiful creatures and I thought they looked very well on him :)

Park Min Young could pass off as a (pretty) boy. But you're right - Song Joong Ki is the prettiest! At least Park Min Young's character would not have to worry about sticking out for looking too pretty for a boy ;)

With all these girl-pretending-to-be-a-boy, I want a sageuk of Lee Jun Ki pretending to be a woman. *Goes off to watch King's Clown again*

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OMG, Song Joong-ky looks gorgeous in that dress holding the paper fan.

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i'll watch this drama!! park min-young <3

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JB: last but not last?? ..or am i not getting a pun? LOL sorry :D

so excited! joseon f4 ftw!

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SS501 Kim Hyun Joong lead for ISWAK just final decided and confirm but has not sign yet

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"One of these is not like the others!"

Isn't this a line from an old commercial? *racks brain trying to remember*
This is going to bug me all day :)

Joseon-era F4 cross-dressing campus drama--sounds FUN!

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another BOF ,?

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@ birdscout

I remember "one of these things is not like the other" from Sesame Street, if that helps! :-)

Still undecided about this drama, though. Think I'll wait for the initial reviews and see how it goes.

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True, Song Joongki owns this post!

:)

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@20 langdon813

Ah, yes...it was Sesame Street-not a commercial. Thank you! That would have bugged me all day:)

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Ummm so I guess people have heard about Hyun joong for the lead of playful kiss? I almost died........ In dissapointment :( that just ruined an awesome series for me... Hey! Just like the cast of BOF ruined Hana yori dango for me..... *sigh*
well I hope this micky guy is less wooden than so many we've seen! Best of luck!

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Wait... So is this like Butterfly Lovers?? Cause I totally grew up hearing that story! Gosh! It's my favorite!! I can't even count how many times I've watched the Chinese version!! Gahhh I'm excited now! Maybe that's why that guy was wearing the butterfly outfit thing? Haha

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micky YC is a pretty good actor, actually. i'd say he's wayyyy better than yunho -__-
well, i'm excited ^^ for some reason, i can't get into BOF <,< couldn't even finish the first five episodes.
Joseon-era F4 ? i'm intrigued lol

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HaHa. Must watch this. Wondering if this drama broadcast at Mon-Tue Timeslot at KBS. Interesting because made us recall You're Beautiful, Hana Kimi and Boys Before Flower glorious era.

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@24 Dancingstarlet
It better not be like Butterfly Lovers. If it is, I'll cry my heart out for days on end.

Maybe it's like Hana Kimi in ancient times.
That would be way better for my poor heart.

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No, wait, this will be like Hana Kimi + You're Beautiful in ancient times.

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Owwwww!!! Heuk San is back!!!!! Definitely watch this for Yoo Ah In!!!

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Song Joong Ki is so adorable
:D

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hmmm a sageuk-y almost Hana Kimi...interesting indeed!

ORROZ!!!!!! LOLS How could we ever forge him!

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I think Yoochun acted in a Japanese drama already. I didn't see it but I heard it got good reviews. It might've been a mobile drama. I'm not sure but he was one ofthe leads, opposite the girl who played Sunako in Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge.

I'm really excited for this drama! It looks a lot different from what I expected.

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yeah... The end waas depressing but I quite enjoyed the other parts! They can always hopefully tweak the end? Haha andmake the butterfly part like a dream? Haha cheesy yes but not as heartbreaking:)

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omooo,,,i DONT DONT want Hyun joong in playful kiss,,,i mean i've been anticipating that drama, since Park Bo young was rumored to be cast>< and now THIS news come aboard *pray to God KHJ won't ruin it like BOF*

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O M G!!!!! WHAT HAVE THEY DONE WITH YOO AH IN????!!!!!!

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YOO AH IN :)
It's not a terrible change haha.
And SONG JOONG KI <3
SO watching.

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wow Park Min-young really does look more like a boy than Song Joong-ki!

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Ugh, why why WHY is SJK in this? The cast doesn't look bad at all, but seriously, why would they cast an inexperienced idol-turned-actor as the lead character? Couldn't they have given him one of the secondary roles?

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dangg.. it's quite evident that Micky Yoochun has aged compared to the other three..

he used to be the pin-up boy for pretty boys back in his hey day. poor guy should have staved off the smoking and drinking

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lol...at all your reactions...i had the exact same thoughts abt SJK..if they were going to doubt abt anyone being a girl it has to be him....Park Min young doesnt even come anywhere near his ball park when it comes to looking pretty in the above stills...I couldnt recognize Yoo Ah In either....If he's going to play rebellious character...Im totally...hedoes that very well despite his slight/cute frame...a la Antique Bakery...All in all everyone here looks good...I'm not gonna judge Yoochun until I see his perfomance...Let's just give him a chance...and if he still sux..im willing to watch the drama just for the rest of the cast...hey if I could live through Goo Hye Sun and Kim Hyun Joong's acting in BOF, simply because of the rest of the cast..I could do the same here...as long as the story is funny and good...afterall I'm a sucker for genderbenders

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@sere: " I’ll probably give this a try for Song Joong-ki. When is this kid getting a role as the main lead? He totally deserves it, imho." <-- THIS!! i so agree! with all his projects he's doing now, i hope we'll see him as the lead role soon :)

i'd give this a try for song joong ki :) he never disappoints me with his previous roles.

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Love, love, LOVE Yoo Ah In! And the others as well. I'll definitely be checking this out.

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lol @winnie what are you smoking song joongki is not an idol turned actor. that would be yoochun.

these shots are boring but i'm excited for this anyway! AND OH MY MY YOO AHIN!

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@winnie hmm unless you meant you didn't want sjk in this BECAUSE of yoochun lol. sorry if i misunderstood

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Yoochun already did some japanese drama called Beautiful Love. He's the lead character and plays a cocky rich kid. From the few eps I've seen, IMO he's doing fine, but that's a pretty standard character/lead to play. On the other hand, KHJ did terrible in BOF and he had the easiest, most likable character in the series. So I'll put my faith in Yoochun and hope he does well, even though I have no idea what his character is going to be like or even what this series is about.

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@okdubu: Yeah, I meant that I didn't want SJK in this because Yoochun's the lead.

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I was totally a big fan of Yoo Ah in in Strongest Chil Woo so I know he's going to deliver.. he was awesome as a spy.. now I'm curious how he's going to play out in this drama.. its getting me excited to watch this drama if he's in it!!

Thanks for posting and hopefully you'll post recaps of the drama once the drama airs just like you did in Strongest Chil Woo because I still love those posts you did for Yoo Ah In..

Can't wait! :)

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Yeah so I was like "that chick looks nothing like a boy" and then I scrolled down and saw Song Joong Ki and I was like "That dude looks nothing like a boy." I really think he is riding his prettiness a little too hard. It's turning me WAY off. In triple he was adorable but still masculine... just boyishly cute. I didn't see OBGYN but everything I've seen him do since then has had him looking more and more girly. I get it... you're pretty. Your features are far more stunning than mine. But still, you're a man. Embrace that just a little!

By the way... the cross dressing girl is still not convincing enough for me. I'll give it a try but I'm pretty sure I wont be able to stomach it. I couldn't even finish You're Beautiful because the role was so ludicrous. I couldn't watch a show where I was asked to believe that someone cross-dressed so horrendously and only one character figured it out on their own. And that "she was raised by nuns" excuse never flew for me. According to the storyline she went to school with boys and she had a brother. She had to have some tiny idea of how a boy acts... and even the most sheltered of convent raised children doesn't shuffle around like a two-year old.

I think Hallyu should call a moratorium on cross-dressing female leads until all actresses have a chance to attend and graduate from the Go Eun Chan School of Gender Reversal Roles.

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LOLOL. So true. Song Joongki is the prettiest in these photos. Why so pretty??

I still dislike this idols turning into actors thing. It's just so... unpredictable. I hope Yoochun does not turn into the second Kim Hyunjoong or I will have to gouge my eyes out of something and donate them to Korean PDs who clearly have trouble casting people who can actually act.

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LOL.

Butterflies! LOL. SJK is suppose to be this rich kid right? Well, fits perfectly with Seo Hyo Rim's character eh? ;)

Well, I just hope that YooChun can act.

There's only a handful of idols turn actors who really turn into decent actors. But decent nonetheless. The rest...eh.

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