I’m already girded for some fur to fly on this casting news. Jang Geun Seok has been linked to the upcoming manhwa adaptation of Beautiful Man for a month now, even turning down the other male lead in Ha Ji Won’s upcoming mega sageuk Empress Ki because of the conflicting schedules. There were murmurings that Jung So Min was offered the leading lady role, but that’s all come to a screeching halt with breaking news that rising movie actress Han Ye Ri will be joining Jang Geun Seok in BM. That wasn’t the only casting news for this drama, Lee Jung Woo is also in talks to round out the love triangle and give the beautiful man a run for the money. So it’ll be effeminate self-absorbed man versus lunky man child? I know which one I’d pick (hint: neither). For those of you unfamiliar with Han Ye Ri, she has racked up an impressive number of movies on her acting resume since her debut in 2009, and in the interim has only starred in one K-drama. She was a supporting character role in the period war drama Road No. 1, which is one of those abominably written and directed dramas that the three leads likely already zapped from their memory and resume. Han Ye Ri’s star is rising especially high this year after winning the Best New Actress award in the film category of the Baeksang Art Awards this year for the movie As One. I still haven’t seen it but it’s that North and South Korea ping pong movie starring the awesome lady duo of Ha Ji Won and Bae Do Na, with Han Ye Ri also playing a ping pong player in the movie. In Beautiful Man, Han Ye Ri will be playing Kim Bu Dong (literally means Kim Ordinary) who has harbored a crush for the last ten years on beautiful man Dokko Ma Te. Lee Jang Woo’s character is named David Choi and is a manager of a home shopping network. For whatever reason, he falls for Bu Dong and a love triangle and rivalry springs up between the two men. Jang Geun Seok’s fans are not being very nice in describing Han Ye Ri’s looks so I won’t throw my opinion into the mix other than to say she looks very striking with strong features, and Jang Geun Seok is clearly going to be the prettier one between the two of them. Which I guess is the point of the story?
I’m kinda surprised that Lee Jang Woo is actually considering the second male lead role in this drama, especially since he’s already been the male lead for his last two dramas on MBC which was I Do, I Do and Oh Ja Ryung is Coming. I’m also really confused by why Han Ye Ri, a quirky actress who is a movie regular and rarely sets foot in drama land, would want to do this role where she basically plays a doormat. This casting news is very surprising for sure, but I’m pretty annoyed at the Jang Geun Seok fangirls in DC and Baidu insulting Han Ye Ri’s looks left and right. She might not be cute but that’s hardly anything worth discussing, especially since this drama is not called Beautiful Woman and her character is not supposed to be gorgeous. I hope she grows out her hair for this role, since the manhwa Bu Dong has long hair and I think it’ll soften Kim Ye Ri’s features a bit.