Everyone and their grandmothers know by now that Lee Min Ho has selected his next project and it’s a Kim Eun Sook drama. I’ve watched all of her dramas and it’s a wide berth between love (City Hall, On Air) and hate (Secret Garden, A Gentleman’s Dignity, Lovers in Paris). One thing that has been constant is that her dramas skew older in age, with her cast and her subject matter. She doesn’t do youth dramas nor does she deal with younger topics. Initially I thought Lee Min Ho would be paired with an older actress for the upcoming Heirs, but the latest on dit has this being a college campus drama with four leading men and four leading ladies. What is this, A Gentlemen’s Dignity for the school-age crowd? A better description has this drama being a cross between Boys Before Flowers and Gossip Girl with the rich heirs set up, except for the college crowd. The netizens have been having a field day discussing possible leading ladies for their beloved Lee Min Ho (which is a fun exercise, I have to admit), but casting rumors have already trickled out for other co-stars. Apparently Jung Yong Hwa of CN Blue is on board as the second male lead in this drama. Raise your hand if you immediately flashed back Kim Hyun Joong of SS 501 pairing with Lee Min Ho for Boys Before Flowers? Whatever Heirs is about, I just hope its not Kim Eun Sook’s attempt to re-visit the success of BBF, but I’m not holding my breath that this will be some groundbreaking drama with fresh originality. It might be snappy and cracktastic, and of course I’ll check it out, but I’m going in with tempered expectations.
I heard also that while this is a college-campus based drama, there will be an older woman character that is a teacher who takes special interest in Lee Min Ho. I don’t know if she’s going to be his OTP, or if her special interest is of the romantic variety versus more of a mentorship role. I do think Kim Eun Sook’s forte is writing very distinctive and memorable male leads, way moreso than the same drama female leads. I think competition will be fierce to snag a role in this drama – no matter what I personally think of Kim Eun Sook’s works, she’s a hitmaker and one who always manages to attract buzz with her dramas. I do hope the cast is low on the idols with limited acting experience and more young and promising actors get a chance to snag some exposure with this project. As for my preference for his leading lady? A few big names are too A-list to play second fiddle to Lee Min Ho, so the possibilities are limited. I would pick Park Bo Young and reunite them from Mackerel Run, or Jung So Min. Supposedly Park Min Young might be a possibility as well. The drama doesn’t air until October so it might be some time before the full cast is confirmed.