In the span of twenty four hours the K-drama news casting cycle stirred up a veritable netizen storm and I’m still wondering what the heck happened. Was this even a serious casting consideration? The upcoming KBS Wed-Thurs drama Golden Cross, which initially was in talks with Kang Ji Hwan but that fell through after he went off to do Big Man on the same network, floated the possibility of being Park Shi Hoo‘s comeback drama. He’s been gone from K-ent for a year now, ever since he was embroiled in allegations of rape last February after a Valentine’s Day outing with a male friend and a young female idol trainee. The scandal was covered in great detail so I won’t rehash it here other than to say that it was resolved with the prosecutor not pressing charges and both sides also dropping a litany of civil lawsuits lobbed at each other. Park Shi Hoo has been in China for the past two months filming the C-movie called Fragrant Scent, and shortly after the news broke that he was considering the script for Golden Cross, his agency released a statement that Park Shi Hoo has declined the Golden Cross leading man role due to scheduling conflicts primarily with movie promotions for that movie. He’s also purportedly busy with CF shoots overseas as well. Consider me wary of the reason given for passing on the role, last year Kim Bum managed to film Goddess of Fire Jeongi but still participated in the huge movie promotional machine for the big budget blockbuster C-movie Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon. K-netizens of course went batshit with howls of outrage that he might be returning to drama land and who knows if that might’ve influenced his decision to pass on this project. Golden Cross is a revenge melodrama where the male lead is a prosecutor seeking revenge for the death of his father and sister. The cast currently has two leading ladies in Lee Shi Young and Han Eun Jung along with Jung Bo Seok playing the antagonist who sets the chain of events in motion that starts the hero on his path for vengeance. Golden Cross will follow Age of Feeling (Inspiring Generation) and looks to premiere April 10th after AoF wraps up its 24-episode run, which gives it some time to keep looking for that elusive leading man.