Casting fairies say whut? I was NOT expecting this at all, totally came out of left field at me. It wasn’t that I never expected Park Shin Hye to star in a drama with Lee Min Ho, since there are a limited number of talented actors in that age group the odds are they would pair up at some point. I just wasn’t expecting it to be for the upcoming Kim Eun Sook college-campus drama Heirs. Last week the Korean entertainment news reported that Park Shin Hye was in talks to star in the KBS sageuk Sword and Flower, and her agency confirmed that she had received the script and was reviewing it favorably. Rumors also had Song Joong Ki in talks for the male lead. Then Song Joong Ki said in an interview this week that he’s either going to do a movie next or enlist in the army, thereby nixing his involvement in that drama. There must have been a courting war going on behind the scenes for Park Shin Hye, and looks like her old-chum network SBS won out. If you look at her resume, SBS has been the network that she’s worked the most with and KBS the least with, so that doesn’t surprise me that she would have picked a SBS drama. Not to mention it being a youth-oriented college campus drama from high profile screenwriter Kim Eun Sook starring super high flying similar-age actor Lee Min Ho. It’s sorta a no-brainer decision if you ask me. Despite Park Shin Hye doing a series of Etude CFs with Lee Min Ho in the past, this coupling hasn’t excited me for some reason. I hope that’ll all change when Heirs arrive because I’m itching for Kim Eun Sook to relight some magic for me with her works. I still contend Park Shin Hye saved an entire civilization in her past life, as her co-stars in dramas, MVs, and CFs have thus far ballooned to Jang Geun Seok, Lee Wan, Yoon Si Yoon, Kim Ji Hoon, Lee Seung Gi, Jung Yong Hwa, Kim Hyun Joong, Se7en, and Yoo Seung Ho. Can I get some of what she’s having?
If Jung Yong Hwa also signs up for Heirs, I’m assuming he’ll be guy 2 which means it’ll be his third time co-starring with Park Shin Hye. When they did Heartstrings together, it was a feeling of contentment for fans of You’re Beautiful who were so sad that poor sweet Shin Woo oppa totally had no chance to get the girl. It would be hilarious if that happens again now in Heirs. It would be even more amusing if this drama turns out to be some older mash-up version of Boys Before Flowers and You’re Beautiful with the same cast. The drama doesn’t air until October so let the casting fun continue to round out the four men-four women line up.