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MBC’s Star of the Universe finds its star in EXO’s Suho

I guess when you’re casting a show called Star of the Universe, it’s only fitting to cast EXO’s Suho; the name of the hugely popular boy group was taken from the word “exoplanet” after all, and Suho may know a thing or two about being a star.

MBC is currently working on part one of a three-part, nine-episode fantasy drama trilogy called Star of the Universe, and EXO’s Suho has been confirmed as the male lead. Few details about the story have been released, with one source simply describing it as “a story about singers.”

Su-ho’s last project was the film Glory Day where he was part of an ensemble cast comprising of the likes of Ryu Jun-yeol and Ji-soo. Star of the Universe would be Suho’s first major drama as the lead.

The anticipation is doubly high as this is PD Kim Ji-hyun’s newest project since she made waves with the 2015 MBC fantasy romance drama special Splish Splash Love, which garnered her the top prize at the 20th Asian TV Awards in the Drama Short category.

Production for Star of the Universe is set to begin in early September, and it will be 100 percent preproduced as a coproduction between portal site Naver and iMBC.

Via Naver

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YAAAY! I love and adore Kim Ji-Hyun's work. I am glad she gets to make longer productions. I hope this new project is as squee worthy as Splash Splash Love.

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Ugh, I didn't give a damn about this until you mentioned Splash Splash Love, now I have to check this out...

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Same! I loved Splish Splash Love but I'm worried about checking this out because this has Idol acting written all over it.
But then again maybe I'll be surprised because I didn't realize that the male lead in Splish Splash Love was also an Idol until after I had watched. So I shall try to not be biased.

A good female lead please!

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Yes but Yoon Doojoon was always a good actor even before SSL, he did well in lead roles even .

He does not deserve to be compared to idols who only get roles because of popularity like Suho (I will laugh at the idea of Suho ever passing an audition with his level of acting)

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Young movie actress, Jiwoo is confirmed to act alongside Suho. She has acted alongside Kyungsoo in Cart and with Park Jinyoung in Nunbal. No, she's not just usual pretty faced actress who act alongside idols, she was a child actress.

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This could be good or this could be bad. Three part fantasy with the producer of SSL sounds like a fun ride. This is a big year, acting-wise for EXO. I'm excited and anxious.

His acting left a lot to be desired in PM&I but that was years ago. He was okay in the few EXO:ND scenes he was in, except the cry scene. I don't know how he did in Glory Day. I'm sure he's been working hard. I hope uri appa has something to show for his hard work.

P.S. love the picture. It's one of my favorites.

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Exo Next Door was a fun bit of fluff mostly carried by a competent and charming female lead - but Suho even in his minimal screen time managed to make me cringe (he can't fake pain or sadness to save his life). I hope he's improved, if he's going to take lead roles.

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That drama belonged to Moon Ga Young. Imo, the only member that was convincing, besides D.O., was Kai. But I don't know how he would have done with sadness.

Yup, I remember Suho in that scene in the studio and the one when he was on the side of the road ?, not as bad to me as church oppa in PM&I but still unnecessary. When he wasn't in pain, he was okay to watch, neither acting really or taking away from the scene. I'm hoping his time with RJY, Jisoo, and Kim Hee Chan helped.

I'm just biased against all things PM&I kekeke

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I thought it was hilarious how it was the self-insert character who elevated the entire drama, because Moon Ga Young was just so good, and so darn adorable in her role. She's one of those who can be cute without being cutesy, which really works in a drama like EXO Next Door. I wonder why she isn't in more things- or maybe I just haven't been watching the things she's in.

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Honestly, after seeing more than one of these idol self-insert dramas, I realised it's always the self-insert-playing female lead who carries them. Whether it's Moon Ga-young in END or Lee Da-in in Twenty Years Old (which is ADORABLE btw). The actual idols in question don't have much to do.

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I haven't seen any other idol insert dramas, yet. But I knew going into EXO:ND that Moon Ga Young would carry it. Had no idea who she was at the time. After watching, I realized she was Shin's younger sister in Heartstrings. She'll be in Jealousy Incarnate.

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Thanks heaven for Chungmuro!

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He was actually good in Glory Day imo, but he didn't have much screen-time and the role fit his image. But, for what it's worth, I did feel the most for his character because of his arc (which is quite the feat in a movie with Ryu Junyeol and Jisoo).

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That's good to hear. I love all 4 of the guys so I've been excited for a while. I hope I enjoy it as much as everyone else.

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He is so pretty! I love his face. Not sure about acting chops as I have not seen him in anything except two episodes of Fluttering India. I kinda liked him in there.

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Don't know who he is,have not seen anything with him but,he incredibly PRETTY in that pic!!

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Yeah I came in to type the same thing. It's absolutely ridiculous how pretty he looks being a man.

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Just showed my sis this pic and she said "who is she?" I replied "thats a guy". She: oooo

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*HE

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I should have known that would come up the first time I read @Deb comment. Boy's Day was a beautiful moment in history.

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Oh one hand, the writer/PD of Splish Splash Love! I can't wait to see what she comes up with (is she the writer for this too?)

On the other hand, Suho's acting is PAINFUL and he really should not be going near lead roles. The memory of his attempts to emote in that stupid web drama still triggers reflexive cringing.

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I love him but not as actor, sadly. still i'm gonna check this out for the heck of it, and not to forget the PD too.

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A few weeks ago, I did watch Glory Day (and bawled my eyes out in the process...definitely thought it was more light-hearted) and while Suho had the smallest part amongst the 4, I thought he acted well enough and fitted the character. So I am hopeful that he will do in this drama; SSL was a beautifully written and Suho is very charming in real life so hopefully it will be a good combination

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Oh nooooooo, I loved Splish Splash (like everyone else ever).

I did watch Glory Days recently, which made me Feel Things. It's a pretty good watch; absolutely heartbreaking and frustrating. Suho's role was important, but he didn't have as much screentime, and he could get away with his smiling a lot of the time. There was some Emoting though. HmmMmMmmMmmm.

Will still watch, because I'm excited about the plot. Please give him a good female co-star!

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What ever happened to his other drama, How Are You Bread?

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I knew there was another food drama I was forgetting. I hope HAY, B? stays away.

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Oooh, I totally forgot about How Are You ,Bread? Aside from the ridiculous title that spurred so many hilarious descriptions and creative drama crossovers, the abrivation of the drama, HAY-B, is totally cracking me up and I don't know why!

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I think DO is the best EXO actor. I can't recall Suho's acting in EXO next door. So that might be a good thing?

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Studying acting is not like mugging up answers for an exam, no use if he gets 100/100 in his studies if his acting is still like that.

At least he stayed in small roles until now but that does not mean you just get lead roles automatically like that if his acting is not good enough yet.

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But it looks like we are saying the same thing? We agree about his acting....

Some people just don't have the ability to take lead roles even if they study hard and do smaller roles first and it looks like he is one of those. And like others pointed out, everyone in Exo isn't cringey in that Web drama, some are at least ok. He was not one of them. When Other crappy actors get lead roles, people complain. This is no different. Maybe he is a great potential talent but he's not like his Glory Day costar Ji Soo who showed that in his smaller roles.

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I've watched a lot of the EXO members in their acting attempts and sadly I feel like DO's the ONLY good actor in EXO. SM have done a good job by putting him in supporting roles and their clearly conscience about his exposure and want to build a proper acting image for him.
A lot of the other members (Chanyeol, Xiumin, Kai) got cast as leads and SM are clearly just banking on their popularity for views.
I'm not expecting much from Baekhyun in Scarlet Heart. It's probably gonna be a cute, bubbly role and he'll probably pull off the character enough for proper fan service.
As for Suho, I'm tentative. I loved Yoon Doojoon in the Splash Splash Love but comparing him to Suho would be too harsh. Doojoon has had loads more experience and this overall attractiveness on screen (some sort of screen presence?) that is hard to act out. But I hope Suho's improved and proves me wrong though.

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Yep, DO's been doing a range of character roles - probably because of the entire lot, he's the only one who has the acting chops that let SM risk him in roles that are somewhat demanding and don't depend on his appeal to fangirls.

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But to be fair to Exo, I don't think they're all terrible actors - Baekhyun had a decent sense of comic timing in END, and so did the dopey-looking one who was in the house with them (the one who had the bromance with the girl's brother - can't believe I've managed to forget most of their names after watching a drama where they literally play 'themselves'!). Just maybe not all lead material.

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dopey face is sehun! I think he has promise as a comic actor, he acted in a sitcom before and was pretty funny

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Your description of Sehunnie is daebak! Had me loling in the early morning.

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LOL @ dopey-looking Sehun. Thank you for making my day, pogo.

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"D.O. playing a serial killer FOR THE REST OF HIS CAREER."

That is hilarious. Lol

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For the longest time, though, Siwon was definitely not a success story. Out of Suju he did the most acting, true, but he was cringey in the beginning too. I think it was only around She Was Pretty that he got more critical acclaim haha So at least that goes to show, for all the idol actors, that there's always hope!

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But but but he can't act. :(

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I really like him or I just like how he handle things exo-related
for acting, idk, but I believe that final presentation is also about the role and the directing,
and he get the chance

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Omaigah!!! Suho hyung!! Lol.
I hope he's doing good with this project.

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I have watch the teaser...and Suho is pretty good showing his emotion tho.....I am a big fan of Suho so i am very happy he got this role and really hope this drama success.

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I just watched the whole 6 episodes in one afternoon. It is a gem of a show. I won't give any spoilers, but wow, it was beautiful. Great music too!

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My bias in Exo. This drama is real good and good hearts and soul.

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