It’s pretty neat to watch dramas getting cast in real time, because all the relevant elements currently at play in the entertainment world are so very obvious. From the moment Lee Min Ho’s involvement with Kim Eun Sook’s upcoming drama was announced, Heirs (with a super long name) became the hottest in-production drama around. Despite there being NO SCRIPT yet, fans were already frothing with excitement. Then Park Shin Hye signed on and the anticipation doubled, followed by Jung Yong Hwa and the delirium tripled. It was like watching a collective freak out over an ephemeral idea. Then Jung Yong Hwa backed down and people appeared to have calmed the heck down. Today comes word that hottie du jour Choi Jin Hyuk has been offered a role in the drama. When I say hottie of the moment, it really is a matter of momentum and relevance that Choi Jin Hyuk came to Kim Eun Sook’s radar. He was the best thing about the currently airing Gu Family Book during the prologue section, and remains a fan favorite even as his character might be dead or worse yet gone to the bad side. He’s actually been acting for many years now and I would say he got his first big break with the cable romp I Need Romance. I like but don’t love him, but he definitely was compelling as the god of the mountains Gu Wol Ryung in GFB (and daddy to Lee Seung Gi’s half-man/half-beast Choi Kang Chi). His possible casting in Heirs worried me initially since there is no way in hell Choi Jin Hyuk could pass for a high schooler, and Heirs will definitely be a high school drama. Then news leaked that he is being offered the role of Lee Min Ho’s older brother. Okay, I can totally buy that! He’s older by two years and the two have the same tall angular bone structure. Sold.
Choi Jin Hyun is not yet confirmed but is positively reviewing the offer. Dude, take it. Even if Heirs ends up sucking donkey balls it’ll be great for career exposure. He’s slated to appear again in GFB which runs until end of June, and Heirs isn’t airing until October so there are no conflicts between the two projects. I think its safe to say the role offered to Choi Jin Hyun is not the role offered to and turned down by Jung Yong Hwa, because there are no magic mushrooms strong enough for me to ingest and believably hallucinate that Jung Yong Hwa could be Lee Min Ho’s older brother. This leaves the role of the second male lead still up in the air, but I still want to ping Kim Eun Sook and suggest Jung Il Woo. I also hope neither of the two leads Park Shin Hye or Lee Min Ho book it before this dramas started prepping in earnest (and that has been known to happen), since I like certainty in casting decisions so I don’t have to keep changing my mind about whether I want to watch or not.