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Lee Hyun-woo, Yook Sung-jae courted for KBS’s Moorim School

Okay, if you can get Lee Hyun-woo (Battle of Yeonpyeong) and Yook Sung-jae (Who Are You—School 2015) to headline your drama, I almost don’t care that I still can’t figure out what the heck it’s about. Almost. Eh, I’m sure I’ll be too busy angsting over the fact that Yook Sung-jae keeps breaking my heaaaaaaaart to notice. At least this time Lee Hyun-woo will be giving him an actual run for his money.

KBS’s new youth drama Moorim School is a coming-of-age drama about the diverse students who attend a special school that teaches honor, faith, survival, and sacrifice, rather than the usual test-taking and resume-building taught at most schools. Moorim refers to the world of martial arts, though how much actual fighting will be taught at the school remains to be seen. The series will have action and romance, but the descriptions remain awfully vague about anything beyond that.

Lee Hyun-woo is being courted to play the lead character, a down-on-his-luck idol who was once a top star, who has since fallen from the limelight. The drama will be about his growth and change as he enters Moorim School. Yook Sung-jae has been offered the role of a half-Chinese, half-Korean classmate at Moorim who comes from a wealthy family.

KBS is promising all kinds of dramaland paradigm-shifting with this show, though mostly what it sounds like is that they plan to cast a very multicultural set of teens for the international high school. Open auditions will be held all over Asia, and the drama will be entirely pre-produced. Directing is PD Lee So-yeon of Baby-Faced Beauty and Prime Minister and I.

I’m setting my expectations really low for this drama (it’s your own fault for over-promising, KBS), but if they’re casting really strong young actors like this, I could start getting excited pretty fast.

Moorim School plans to air on Mondays and Tuesdays in January 2016.

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I love both of them but why Sungjae a second lead again T-T. Hope they like different girl, I can't take another School 2015

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'am still traumatized by School 2015 so I'm hoping Sung Jae will pass up on this one, if he is again the 2nd lead. My heart hurts so much from that, so I won't really be interested to watch this. Aim for lead, Sung Jae there's too many broken hearts in the world, and yea, I know the boat sailed a month ago but still, in a real world scenario, the girl, any girl for that matter will choose you! especially if a girl has a twin sister who could sub for the other guy anyway. Aish!!!

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@be me too I hope he gets his own love line. I can't handle his puppy sad face again?

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If both of my precious bbys sign up, I'll have to watch it even though I have the faintest idea of what they're going to do with those high promises.

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You cast these two, KBS, and I will give your drama a shot.

Such young, up-and-coming talent!

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I don't know about this...

The concept is very sketchy and I'm highly skeptical of KBS's ability to deliver. Regardless, if Sungjae signs up, I'm definitely watching. I hope this'll be good!

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What's with all the drama casting new today ..colour me excited ..
Just give a girl to yook sung jae,because I don't want to get mine and puppies heart broken again

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If they don't break his heart this time around, I'm all for Yook Sungjae being cast in this. It'd be a plus if his loveline, if any, involves Kim Sohyun. <3 KBS better not mess this up!

To be honest, I'd rather he get cast in a TvN drama because more often than not they have better scripts.

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I wishhhh na pd to cast sungjae on his new variety program in tvn rather this one ...I will definetely have a great time even though they'll bully sungjae ... I wishhhh pd na will notice sungjae ... plssssssss i dont want this one drama gods this does not look fun >.<

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This would be the death of me.

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IKR !!!!!! I COULD HARDLY BREATHE HERE

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Dang. I'm kinda glad that they're casting youngsters who can act but kinda sad that 2 slots are already filled for the Korean students.

Because what about Jisoo? Have you forgotten him, Drama Gods? Cast the boy. Cast hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim.

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+111111 for Ji-soo

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Wow~ Another school drama, a second-lead role, seems like School 2015 season 2. I can't watch anther drama with Sungjae being turned down by a girl again T_T. Nobody can handle that :(

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You are definitely correct!!!!! And the other guy looks similar with the 1st lead of school 2015 >.< naaaah as much I like sungjae's acting I might pass this one ... thanks kbs for trying to redeem yourself but the damage is done. thanks but no thanks

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BUT this time Hyun-woo can finally (hopefully) get the girl!!! They're both so experienced with playing second leads LOL, I kind of wish they were both able to headline their own school dramas.

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Right!!! Hyun Woo is an awesome actor:). Im glad he is leading now:)

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I don't know, it sounds kind of intriguing to me...a different objective for the plot, sounds kind of fresh. I'm up for it.

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ehhhh meh i dont want another school drama show for sungjae!!!!! Alsoooo its with KBS?! urrggghhh who is managing sungjae's projects I want to strangle him or her ! first wgm noooooow this ! urrrrrggggghhh I'm getting a headache!

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and i just wanna add this screams like assassination classroom without the alien teacher haha its a japanese anime urrrgggghhh kbs forever copying!

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just cast Kim Yoo Jung, and we would have prefect casts

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and Kim So Hyun..
KYJ for Lee Hyun Woo and Kim So Hyun for Yook Sung Jae to mend TaeBi shippers' hearts in School 2015

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Exatly. This is just PERFECT.

Unfortunately i highly doubt this would happen.

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I've seen her photo where she was warming up. It looks like she's also good in kicking asses.

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Hoping Lee Hyun Woo signs up and waiting to hear the rest of the casting news!

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OMG I ALMOST JUMPED OUT OF MY SEAT like DAMNNNN I LOVE THEM BOTHHHHH !!! and yay for the return of LHW to the small screen ! ^^ :DDDDDDD

if the love line gonna be some love TRIANGLE AGAIN , i'd rather not have any love line at all !!!!! just put in a lot of bromance like school 2013 TT^TT

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Im up for bromance stories:)

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Wow! I would love to watch this just for Hyunwoo and Sungjae!! ^^

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It sounded interesting before. Even better with these two ^^

I think it will be interesting to see what differences this school has compared to the usual schools and how that affects the students there..

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Plus 9 Boys to School 2015 I hope sungjae get the girl this time.

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Prime Minister & I started out so well, so I believe the abilities of PD Lee So-yeon are solid--if only there is a good writer(s) attached to the production.

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Wow if these 2 confirms then I'll definitely be watching this drama. Otherwise it doesn't seem like a drama that would attract me to be honest, unless good actors pull me in.

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BOOM. My dream come true!! This is exactly what I hoped for in the last article. Yesssss!! Lol. Make it happen!!

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I hope they won't fight over one girl. I mean, KBS did say something about "dramaland paradigm-shifting" with Murim, so a love triangle should not be imposed! Fingers crossed they both have leading ladies to swoon and complete separate lovelines like how High Society was (well, before this week's last minute love square storyline, which can I just rant and say UGH...so glad I stopped watching High Society and just wait for Dramabean's recap...anyway...)

Sorry for the rant, heh. So again, totally hoping cleaner story and better roles for these two. LHW and his talent were underutilized in Scholar, and YSJ is better than most idol actors. They both deserve happy endings after losing to the male leads in their respective dramas who could not even act (ehem, yes, I am glaring at you To the Beautiful You and School 2015).

So PD-nims, writer-nims of Murim...please make it happen. Happy loveline endings for both LHW and YSJ... AND LOTS OF BROMANCE PLEASE XD Totally jumping on the HWxSJ bromance ship this early!!!!!!!!!!!

LHW is <3
YSJ is <3
^_^

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But I guess, even if the drama will be a silent film or whatever, if these two will sign, totally watching the drama. Eye-candy <3 <3

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Kim Yoo Jung as the lead girl please!!

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Oh man.... its hyun woo which is yay! But... a kbs drama which is dang... crap. I wants to hope its dont suck but its almost impossible so... pls suck a bit less drama gods...

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Sung Jae your Noona is here :) :) ... KBS either you give him his girl or cast no girl, no lovelines, love triangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons are strictly forbidden ....

Btw, how about casting IU as lead, I think she would pass as a student, I want to keep KSH for YSJ this time, as he is not the lead I cant watch him heart broken over the same girl ..... errrrr no no no heartbreak at all

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Omo! i hope both accepts. I was hoping kim so hyun to star in the drama when i read somewhere else that lee hyun woo was offered, didn't hear about sungjae though. I am so excited that sungjae got the offer and i already love lee hyun woo. But i guess now, kim so hyun might not get the offer. Have dramas had same actors again so soon who have filmed together before?

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I love Kim So Hyun but I'm hoping she doesn't get offered a lead in this. I think with Hyun-woo and Sungjae being of similar age, it'd make more sense to find a female lead also of the same age so it'd make for better on-screen chemistry. Without us squealing, being like, aah they're 7 years apart!!!

Lol I'm secretly hoping for Joy b/c of WGM but at the same time I know she's not focused on acting and I don't know how good she'd be:3

But yes hoping both male leads accept!

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While they're ahead they should cast Ji Soo too.

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Color me excited. I don't think Lee Hyun Woo has ever gotten the girl before, so I'm so looking forward to him getting a happy ending.

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Woot woot! Hoping these boys accept this drama's courtship.

Can they just also conveniently cast Kim So-hyun as Sung-jae's love interest so we can rightfully get our OTP this time?

Y'know, like what they did for Shin-woo/Jung Yong-hwa with Heartstrings/You've Fallen For Me. C'mon, we all know that that drama only happened so that Shin-woo can end up with Mi-nyeo... don't we?

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LOL totally agree with this. +1

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If Lee Hyun-woo is in, I don't care what overarching, exaggerated promises KBS gives, I'm in! This kid is so underrated as an actor and I'm so excited to see him being courted for a lead role in what looks like an ambitious project. Now give him a great female lead and we are all good to go!

(Han Groo needs a drama, pronto. Please KBS, pretty please with cherries on top?)

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YES YES! I'm 150% watching now for Hyun-woo, it's been so long since he's had a full drama.
And this will be his first real lead I think! Up to now it's always been as supporting leads, like in To The Beautiful You, where Minho was the lead.

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Agreed! If Hyunwoo signs, I'm in, no matter what the goofy premise is. Kid has so much talent.

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THIS THIS THIS!

if they're casting Lee Hyun-woo and Sungjae, this drama had better commit all the way to ensuring that its leads have some baseline acting talent. i.e they better not be offering roles to any Dasoms or Suzys or Seolhyuns or Jin Se-yeons.

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Yook Sungjae as the second lead again? Noooo... ok.. I'm happy that he's getting noticed, but if they break his heart again, I swear to God... my Taebi heart will not be able to take it. Well, at least I know he'll do a brilliant job no matter what kind of role he gets. The huge promises are making me nervous, but hope it turns out to be a good drama. Wake me up when its next year :)

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If Sungjae accepts this, I wish he would play the lead, instead of Second lead... or that he has his own secondary love line... my heart cannot take watching him be all dreamy to win the girl's heart only to be turned down again.. I cannot </3

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YES YES Hyun-Woo is finally getting a lead! And his first real drama comeback in like 3 years (not counting Scholar, where he was only there for 1 ep), omgosh now I know I'M definitely watching!
And Sung-Jae yesss! Love how much popularity and recognition he's getting.
This drama sounds kind of interesting, hopefully they make it different from the typical high school kdrama. It seems like a mix of Dream High and School 2015, where it deals with real-life high school drama but also idol-life stuff.

But they're all high schoolers right? Lol how can Hyun-woo play an ex top star as a high schooler? Like he must have had a very short career, or debuted at like BoA's age :3

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There are piles of idols who debuted as young as 14, and I imagine if they had 2-3 years of being a craze before the public moved on to the next cute young thing, they could be burned out while they're still in high school.

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Im not really interested in this drama. I just don't find the storyline/plot interesting. However, I would totally watch it if Lee Hyun Woo and Yook Sung Jae are cast. I love them both so I would love to see them in a drama together.

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KBS totally ruined my summer with S2015 and Producer love line baiting. More so with S2015's shipwreck ending. At least that interview of KSH saying that she would have picked Sung-Jae IRL instead have mended my soul (cuz F* the writers and those cut out scenes they aired after the show ended just to twist the knife a little more).

Anyways, I'm happy that Lee Hyun Woo might be back in the small screen cuz I'm waiting for it since I watched him in "Secretly, Greatly". And another drama project for YSJ is always a welcome, though I hope his character is just as wonderful as it did from S15. Mostly I'm praying that if they both sign, the plot has better be as awesome as they are. For now, I'll set my expectations low as well.

Lol, if this was produced by a cable station I wouldn't be fretting so much. The main broadcasters has made me a little iffy with them lately.

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For the female character they could totally cast IU. Lee Hyunwoo and IU would be so cute. Their friendship is already adorable in real life. I'm waiting for the day they get casted in a drama together. But...I can't imagine IU doing martial arts stuff. Bahahaha

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I could totally get behind this, Lee Hyun-woo absolutely kills it in in any role and it's high time he moved to lead! Especially after being in 2015's most successful Korean movie. Same with Sungjae, though hopefully there's no baity love line this time.

In other casting news, Kim Go-eun apparently is one of the actresses in talks for the Cheese in the Trap lead role. I put her on my casting wishlist in the last CiTT post, I hope it works out and she takes it.

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After watching so many (well 3 to be exact) Hyun Woo-Yoo Jung fmvs on youtube, I am convinced that this pair just has to happen! Like pronto. Srsly hope Hyun Woo signs on (miss him on mu small screen ?) and wish (like other people here) they'd court Kim Yoo Jung to be the lead.

As for Sung Jae, I'm just glad he's getting cast in major roles ?

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I am fine with this as long as the two of them like 2 different girls (and maybe have a little bromance) because I swear if they like and will be fighting for the same girl and Sunjae ended up Taekwang 2.0 again, I am really gonna break something!! Not only that I will spam atleast 1000 hate mails everyday to the freaking writer for torturing and killing Sungjae and us viewers twice.

I can't take another School 2015 and not when I still have not forgotten the way it freaking ended!! So I hope Sungjae just pass this one up. I'm sure other better opportunities will come his way. Right now just focus on BTOB schedule, WGM, and the CF and photoshoots he is doing and wait for a better drama offer. Please!!

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I am totally yay for Lee Hyun Woo, but I don't think Sungjae should take this project because his role is too similar to School 2015 which just ended and it was a KBS drama too.

I hope for now he focuses on BTOB schedules and WGM. This role is too niche for him. And Lee Hyun Woo is too good so viewers can't complain if Sungjae doesn't get the girl. Because c'mon Lee Hyun is finally get a lead role.

I am gonna be super pissed if KBS casts both LHW and Sungjae and make Lee Hyun Woo's part short just like they did to Yi An in School 2015.

Because I love both equally I hope Sungjae rejects, please.

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ohmaygah Lee Hyun Woo! He was great in the first episode of "Scholar Who Walks the Night" and its high time he be given a drama again. And of course, as a BTOB fan, will support Sungjae. KBS seems to love Sungjae hehehe

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Lee Hyun Woo as main lead!

you have my attention, drama.

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