SM Entertainment is on a roll, a roll aimed at conquering my aversion to their stable of young, pretty, and acting-challenged actresses. First they cast Yoona opposite Lee Bum Soo in Prime Minister and I (maybe called Prime Minister in Love), and then throw in Yoon Si Yoon to seal the deal. I’m a goner for that one already, no resistance needed. Now they’ve up and secured Lee Seon Kyun as the male lead of the upcoming Miss Korea starring Lee Yeon Hee. What? The Voice? *bleeping bleep bleep!* Dang it, now I have to watch this one as well! SM is producing this drama and had been reportedly courting Gong Yoo for the male lead, which would have reunited him with Lee Yeon Hee from when they did One Fine Day together. Word is Gong Yoo wasn’t interested in doing a drama, probably still smarting from the Big debacle since the ratings were dismally low on that one. Miss Korea has a strong production team in the duo that did the charming Pasta, which also starred Lee Seon Kyun and paired him with Gong Hyo Jin. Those two were one of the best OTPs ever, but the story line was never all that interesting to do them justice. I think Lee Seon Kyun is a fantastic actor, so full of charisma yet a thorough character actor that can disappear into any role. No description yet on the male lead character, but I’m guessing he’s involved with the main drama story of how a bunch of guys band together to turn their neighborhood girl into the next Miss Korea. Beyond wishing Lee Yeon Hee wasn’t cast because her acting is so spotty and mostly bad, another reason is that she’s so pretty she could be Miss Korea already. That means uglifying her first to convincingly do the make-over section, thereby taking the satisfaction out of it since it’s just turning Lee Yeon Hee back into her normal level of gorgeous. Now that the main leads are secure, I’m excited to see who SM wrangles up to round out Project Miss Korea. This drama will have a steep uphill climb when it premieres in late November on MBC after Medical Top Team with its rock bottom ratings.
Lee Yeon Hee and Yoona – getting all the hot hot namjas come late Fall. So jealous. Seriously, so jealous. Lee Seon Kyun and Lee Bum Soo, respectively? They won the casting lottery one-two punch.