The youthful fresh faces of Andante’s rookie cast
Kai, Baek Chul-min, Kim Ki-soo, Ahn Seung-kyun
A slew of castings have been confirmed for KBS’s upcoming youth drama Andante, after initially courting EXO’s Kai (Choco Bank) and child actress Jung Da-bin. Kai confirmed but Jung ended up not taking the part, and Lee Ye-hyun (Master—God of Noodle) has been cast in her role instead. The respective friend groups for Kai and Lee Ye-hyun have also been cast, most of them young actors and actresses who are relative newbies with few projects to their name, but maybe Andante will be a chance for them to showcase their talents.
Kai and Lee Ye-hyun play a bickering brother-sister pair whose lifestyle drastically changes as their family moves from the bustling city to the quiet countryside. Unfamiliar with everything at first, Kai’s character struggles to adapt to his strange new school that’s attached to a hospice center, but later he realizes the true meaning of life and love through his experiences there.
Kai is the ultimate antisocial city boy who is a VVIP at his nearest PC Room. He’s the complete opposite of Baek Chul-min’s (Solomon’s Perjury) character, who is the beloved golden boy of their small country town, an elite student with a warm temperament and dreams of becoming a doctor. In contrast, theater actor Kim Ki-soo (Hello Summer, Seagull) plays the troubled school rebel who is threatened by Kai’s arrival because he thinks they’re similar and views him as a rival.
Finally, rounding out the good-looking F4 of Andante is Ahn Seung-kyun (King of Walking), who is set to become the talkative school gossip who goes around like it’s his job to churn the rumor mill. He has an insatiable curiosity about people, and his character is a cheerful student who is supposed to bring a comedic element to the drama.
Kim Jin-kyung, Lee Ye-hyun, Song Ji-hyun, Baek Eun-kyung
In the fearsome female foursome, three very different girls become friends with Lee Ye-hyun, Kai’s younger sister who’s described as a cosplay otaku with a prickly personality. Kim Jin-kyung (Yellow), who is best known for her reality TV presence in Korea’s Next Top Model and We Got Married, has been cast as a mysterious student, who contrary to her innocent looks and cool-girl aura, is so shy she can’t approach her fellow students.
Song Ji-hyun (Vampire Prosecutor 2) will play the class president who has a forceful, direct personality and strong leadership skills. Despite all that, in front of the boy she likes, she becomes a tongue-tied bashful girl willing to do everything for love. Lee Ye-hyun’s desk partner at the new school will be played by Baek Eun-kyung (High School: Love On). Her character is a sweet ordinary girl without any special dreams until Lee Ye-hyun, who sparkles with passion, comes along. During the drama, she learns to ponder her future goals seriously.
KBS’s coming-of-age drama Andante will air in late 2017.