The upcoming KBS drama Secret has been living up to its name throughout the entire development process. Its existence was barely acknowledged until two weeks ago when it started casting its net publicly for leads, whereas most K-dramas generate chatter on the down low for months prior to even getting into formal production. With only less than 6 weeks left until its slated to take over the time slot currently occupied by The Blade and Petal, this drama really needs to lock down a cast and so far no one is officially confirmed. Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum have been courted as the leads and my gut tells me they will sign on unless something drastic happens. But this is a drama about a complicated love square so the second leads will be quite critical to the narrative and can’t be cast with just newbies to stand around filling screen space. The latest murmurings have Bae Soo Bin and Lee Da Hee in talks to complete the main quadrangle. Bae Soo Bin has been off television since 49 Days two years ago and he’s an actor who shines in the right roles with a really slow burn intensity. In some ways he reminds me of Go Soo, except less of a chiseled Adonis in looks. Bae Soo Bin’s career took a big leap after he did Shining Inheritance/Brilliant Legacy back in 2009 but he never quite reached A-list status. But he’s doing well at the movies with two recent ones being 26 Years and Mai Ratima. I don’t know if he will really accept Secret since he’s getting married in September to his long time non-entertainment industry girlfriend and it’s pretty daunting to deal with a wedding and newlywed life while pulling 20 hours days and nights toiling on a live-filmed drama. Lee Da Hee is currently getting lots of great buzz starring in the SBS hit drama I Hear Your Voice and I can see her striking while her star is hot and taking this project which sounds like a girl version of Nice Guy if you ask me. Here’s hoping KBS locks down this cast by the end of this week.