I’m just laughing at the all-over-the-place feeling of Heirs, from the casting to the script concept. But it appears that Kim Eun Sook is going to throw whatever the heck at the board and see what sticks. She’s got established young actors Park Shin Hye and Lee Min Ho returning to high school, if fangirls or fanboys want idols then she’s nabbed Krystal from f(x) and Park Hyung Sik from ZE:A, if it’s the up-and-comers then Kang Ha Neul and Kim Ji Won fits the profile, if it’s the current It Boy then none is hotter than Daddy Gumiho Choi Jin Hyuk. And if she wants to appeal to the crowd that demands talented and quirky, she will give you Kim Woo Bin (who looks like an alien but is too awesome a talent to be bogged down by his non-conforming striking looks) and now Im Joo Eun joins the cast as well. I seriously love her, she makes everything better whether its in an ensemble cast of What’s Up or in a cameo-level supporting role in Arang and the Magistrate or just being a funky part of Wild Romance. Along with this new addition, there are some more drama leaks about Heirs spreading like wildfire all over DC. The first is that the second male lead may not yet be revealed – Kim Woo Bin is reportedly NOT taking over the role of Yoon Chan Young (son of the Empire Group secretary) offered to Jung Yong Hwa and will instead be playing guy3 Choi Young Do (brother-by-marriage to rich hotel heiress Rachel Ryu and himself the heir to a resort conglomerate). But SBS never confirmed what role he would be playing so we’ll have to wait and see. The official script reading is supposedly taking place on July 17th at the studio so I hope SBS announces the casting for guy2 soon otherwise it feels incomplete with a major cast member missing. Another bit of news is that insiders who have read the first two episode completed scripts are all buzzing on social messaging sites over what a great role the male lead is, continuing in the tradition of Kim Eun Sook writing very memorable and attractive male leads. Reportedly the consensus is – Lee Min Ho’s fans will LOVE this role. The unspoken other side of this sentiment is that Kim Eun Sook typically writes terrible female leads, and even the okay ones come off as either shrill and demanding or submissive and weepy with very little in between. I pray for the love of Park Shin Hye that she doesn’t end up being decorative window dressing to what will become The Lee Min Ho Show.
Chinese fans have assembled the current casting and character chart and have discovered that the top four handsome rich boys at Empire High School will be called the Z4. Yes – Kim Eun Sook baldly ripped of Hana Yori Dango (and no, she didn’t rip of Boys Before Flowers, which is a drama adaptation of the manga Hana Yori Dango which coined the phrase F4). The Z4 consists of Lee Min Ho, Kim Woo Bin, Kang Ha Neul, and Park Hyung Sik. Right now all the high school girl characters seem to be in the air, I’ve heard Krystal will either be playing Rachel Ryu or Lee Bo Na, depending on how busy her f(x) schedule is, with Kim Ji Won taking the other role.
Im Joo Eun’s character is the high school teacher Jeon Hyun Joo, 25 years old and has a loveline with Choi Jin Hyuk’s 31 year old character. Kang Ha Neul’s character is Lee Hyo Shin the son of the Chief Prosecutor and is also the school president of Empire High. He’s described as the perfect smart handsome student, and he’s also a year older than the other three Z4 members and he has a crush on teacher Jeon Hyun Joo. Park Hyung Sik’s character is Jo Myung Joo, the son of the President of a famous car import company, he’s a layabout that doesn’t want to inherit the family business and someone quick to think on his feet.
When I say the casting is ALL OVER THE PLACE, I really mean it. Witness: Lee Min Ho is a ’87er which makes him 26 and he’s playing an 18 year old high school student, but Im Joo Eun is an ’88er which makes her a year younger than Lee Min Ho but she plays his teacher! A 25 year old teacher like her real life age. Choi Jin Hyuk is an ’85er which makes him just 2 years older than Lee Min Ho in real life, but in the drama they are 13 years apart. He’s 31 years old and the President of Empire Group, and Lee Min Ho is 18 and his super young kid brother. Finally Park Shin Hye is a ’90er and is a mere 23 years old playing 18, which might be the least random casting of the leads.