I love discussing casting rumors because its such a fun game of “what if”, and I try not to get too invested in a potential pairing that if it ends up being a pipe dream its no big deal. Fresh off her well-received turn as introvert Go Dok Mi in cable network tvN‘s Flower Boy Next Door, a youth drama that wasn’t all that trendy or fluffy, Park Shin Hye continues to cement herself as a genuine contender for A-list actress status. She picks a wide range of roles and projects, works hard, and continuously improves. Her management company has just confirmed that she’s seriously considering the leading lady role in the upcoming KBS sageuk Sword and Flower, which was a drama that initially courted Kim Nam Gil who has now taken on another KBS drama Shark. The papers haven’t been signed yet, but if the news is out and even her management company is confirming she’s considering it, I think its pretty much a done deal. Park Shin Hye has done a saeguk before, when she played the younger version of the heroine in the Chinese-Korean collaboration drama Bicheonmoo. Sword and Flower is set in the Gorguryeo dynasty and involves a princess who falls in love with the warrior who assassinates her father the King. Say what? This is like The Princess’s Man on crack! In TPM, Park Shi Hoo‘s character kept trying to kill the princess Moon Chae Won‘s character’s father the new King but he never goes through with it. Now we’re getting a drama where there is actual patricide going on? Yikes, I foresee lots and lots and LOTS of pain, tears, and suffering ahead. Which means I am totally on board. The leading man hasn’t been confirmed yet but you guys want to hear what the little rumor birdies are saying? Three hangul characters – Song. Joong. Ki. The possibility of Park Shin Hye and Song Joong Ki in a romance sageuk? Mindblown happiness.
KBS has a mega-line up coming up. Aside from sageuk Sword and Flower, which will be a Wed-Thurs drama following Mandate of Heaven (is it raining sageuks this year or what since there is also MBC sageuk Goddess of Fire Jeongi with Moon Geun Young), it’s also lining up a medical drama called Green Surgical Knife that is slated to be a Mon-Tues drama following Shark (which itself won’t premiere until June following God of the Workplace). All of this is fluid and can change (I remember when Gu Family Book was scheduled to be a Wed-Thurs drama), but these are definitely the upcoming dramas lined up. Kim Soo Hyun, who has been hotly watched for his next move now that he’s finished up a his latest movie filming, confirmed last month that he will be doing a drama this year. Now casting rumors have Kim Soo Hyun doing a medical drama since he was spotted learning on the job at a pediatric clinic. Will it be Green Surgical Knife for KBS? That is the word on the street. But its also possible he’ll reunite with the PD from The Moon that Embraces the Sun who is preparing his own medical drama called Top Medical Team airing on MBC sometime in October. I totally have good feelings about Song Joong Ki potentially taking on the KBS Sword and Flower since his last drama was the successful KBS drama Nice Guy, and this pairing with Park Shin Hye totally works for me. So does the thought of Kim Soo Hyun in a medical drama, Song Joong Ki did OB/GYN a few years ago for SBS and I really enjoyed it. I’m crossing my fingers all of these casting rumors come true since its a great career move for all of them.