- Han Ye Ri (As One) and Lee Jang Woo (Oh Ja Ryeong is Coming) will be joining Beautiful Man. Han will play Kim Bu Dong, who has harbored a crush on Dokko Ma Tae for the past 10 years. Lee will play David Choi, a manager of a home shopping next week. Beautiful Man premieres on December in MBC.
- Future Choice has finally secured its cast with Yoon Eun-hye (I Miss You), Lee Dong-gun (When Night Comes), and Jung Yong-hwa (You’ve Fallen For Me) officially signing on. It’ll be set in the world of television broadcasting, and stars Yoon Eun-hye as a writer named Na Mi-rae who travels back in time to meet her past self on purpose to set about on a different course in life. The character is described as a bright and lovable type who spends her days chanting to herself, “I’m okay!” She works as a desk drone at a large company’s call center and just kind of scrapes by in life. But one day her future self appears in front of her and starts her down a path to pursue the things she really wanted in life. Lee Dong-gun as the broadcaster’s lead announcer, a man who can be prickly, but is also a highly principled and upright. Jung Yong-hwa plays a VJ who went to film school in the States. But he’s also got a double life, because he’s actually the grandson of the broadcast network’s CEO, and is basically pulling an undercover boss move by playing a lowly cameraman when he’s set to inherit the entire station. He’s described as a smooth operator who dreams of building a media conglomerate that does everything from film to TV. The new drama comes from writer Hong Jin-ah of The King 2 Hearts, and the PD of Crime Squad. Future Choice follows Good Doctor and airs in October on KBS.
- Jung Il-woo (The Moon That Embraces the Sun) is in talks to take on weekend family drama Gold Rainbow. The role being offered to Jung Il-woo is of a prosecutor named Do Young. Gold Rainbow will finalize its casting decisions soon and begins script rehearsals early next month, to replace Scandal in November.
- Hit writer Kim Soo-hyun’s new weekend drama Thrice Married Woman is going through some serious casting trouble. Apparently Kim has very high standards, which actresses Han Ga In (The Moon that Embraces the Sun) and Kim Sa-rang (Secret Garden) couldn’t meet. Though the obligatory round of headlines says “She’s dropping it.” The drama has already had to delay its October premiere by two weeks, and is looking at possibly losing even more time. SBS, meanwhile, is working on getting a two-week extension for its current weekender Goddess of Marriage to fill the gap.
Go Ah-sung (Snowpiercer) and Kim Yoo-jung (The Moon That Embraces the Sun) star in the new film, Elegant Lie. Kim Hyang-gi (Queen’s Classroom) plays the 14-year old girl who commits suicide at the start of the film, which sends her sister, played by Go Ah-sung, and Mom (Kim Hee-ae, A Wife’s Credentials) looking into her past for answers. Go Ah-sung’s character is bright and outspoken, the polar opposite of her younger sister, who was always quiet and reserved. As she uncovers the harsh truth about her sister’s life at school, she’ll deal with her own guilt and loss. Kim Yoo-jung will play the friend and bully who made Kim Hyang-gi’s life a living hell at school. She’s described as the truly frightening kind of mean popular girl: outwardly bright and cheery to everyone else, but in reality hiding a dark, shrewd, manipulative side underneath that sweet facade. At the helmed is the PD-writer team behind Wandeuki. Elegant Lie starts shooting this month for a release next year.