IU and Cha Tae Hyun in Talks for Producer Which is Still Courting Kim Soo Hyun

The casting of upcoming KBS Friday night drama Producer is not only shaping up to look really promising, it’s also casting at the speed of light it seems. A day after Kim Soo Hyun was revealed to have received the script and offer for Producer, penned by the scriptwriter from his last drama You From Another Star, the other male lead’s name also came to light straightaway. After three years away from the small screen post the KBS sageuk flop Jeon Woochi, Cha Tae Hyun has also been tapped to join Producer alongside possible costar Kim Soo Hyun. Cha Tae Hyun would be a veteran PD of over ten years experience while Kim Soo Hyun’s character is the rookie PD of the network.

The drama is going for a two male lead/two female lead structure and now the first possible female lead has revealed to be KBS darling singer-actress IU. She’s moved up on doing KBS dramas, first with a supporting role in Dream High, then the female lead in weekend drama The Best Lee Soon Shin, and finally as the female lead in prime time Wed-Thurs Pretty Boy (Bel Ami). It was only during Pretty Boy did I become an IU fan, she was fantastic playing what should have been a thoroughly annoying character of a kooky girl obsessed with the most handsome oppa in the entire world, except she made her endearing and likable. What a feat! Like the other two male leads, IU is still in talks but I wouldn’t be surprised if KBS firms up the full cast this week whatever it turns out to be.

IU’s character is described a child star who has been in the industry since she was 13 years old, but suffered a great betrayal in her road to stardom hence has difficulty trusting people and is very closed off. When the drama starts she’s already made it to top star status as a singer. Producer is an inside look into the K-ent industry and reminds me a lot of Kim Eun Sook‘s On Air, but obviously will have a very different story and flavor since Kim Eun Sook penned dramas are very distinct.The other female lead is a female PD working alongside the two male leads and the big casting rumor is that it’s going to be Moon Geun Young, or at least KBS is trying their darndest to get her.

If Kim Soo Hyun and IU both accept and end up playing an OTP in Producer, it’ll be a huge twist from their Dream High days when their characters didn’t interact much and definitely have no love line. Similarly Moon Geun Young was considering The Moon Embraces the Sun years ago but passed so if she takes this drama and pairs with Kim Soo Hyun then it’ll be the pairing that was supposed to happen now finally happening. Producer will be airing on a different time slot than the currently airing KBS Friday drama Spy as KBS is changing a time slot currently airing a variety show to air Producer. There is also talk of the drama being so big KBS may considering giving it the post Unkind Women time slot on Wed-Thurs.


IU and Cha Tae Hyun in Talks for Producer Which is Still Courting Kim Soo Hyun — 26 Comments

  1. Ahh this drama is surely shaping up to be quite awesome. I love the two guys already and of course there’s the YFAS writer too. But with IU on board, I really hope she’ll be pairing up with KSH because I found them quite adorable when they interacted in DH.

    As for MGY, I like her but was hoping for someone more fun like Han Groo or Jung Eun Ji. If they are courting MGY though, I highly doubt they need to try their darnest best to get her to do it. I mean, I girl hasn’t had a hit in years and doing a drama with the YFAS-YWRIU writer and CTH-KSH as costars should be enough for her to be latching onto this with both hands.

    But I’ll wait for official confirmation of offer for MGY.

  2. So excited! If IU, Cha Tae Hyun, and Moon Geun Yong sign in, it’ll like the perfect cast ever.

    Just know that MGY were courted to be the lead lady in MTETS *sigh* If only…

      • Moon that embraces the sun…

        Do hope moongeun young signs upm not much happy about news with ium she’s an okay actress and a better singer. But i really feel like she will fizzle out opposite CTH, KSH and MGY…

  3. I keep on seeing Song Ji Hyo’s name… and I have a sneaking suspicion that it’ll be Cha Tae Hyun – IU and Kim Soo Hyun – whoever. If it’s Song Ji Hyo, I’m out – she’s got no excuse at this stage in her career.

    • Hahaha… i also feel kike its veteran pd – child star actress Loveline and whatever ksh character is and the other one.
      the character offered to iu wounda like the real life of MGY as child star.

      I really hope MGY signs up and be paired with KSH. Thats one pairing i am so looking forward.

  4. Despite having no love line in dream high, they formed quite a nice friendship. Kim Soo Hyun made time to drop by one of IU’s concerts amidst his most busiest schedule post-YFAS last summer to support her and she makes sure to attend his film premieres. After all these years they still keep in contact.
    If she does get cast atleast they’ll have fun on set together having a good friendship.

  5. Cha Tae Hyun in a drama? I’m gonna watch it even if it is another PrimeMinisterAndSh*t. IU is a plus, I have a soft spot for her.

  6. What!? IU and Moon Geun Young in a same drama? Why they don’t invite Jang keun Suk as a guest star then to play the man, who broke their hearts in the past??? 🙂

  7. Lol. I totally guessed IU when I first read that one of the female leads is a popular singer character. It was either her or Kim Jiwon for me. As for the other female PD lead, I don’t know why but I imagined it as someone like Gong Hyojin? Not sure how the loveline goes but I’m hoping for the veteran PD + female PD romance and bumbling rookie PD + ‘ice princess’ singer romance. If Soohyun & IU were to take on the roles, I’m interested to see how their real-life friendship would translate to romancing on-screen. Since they’re close already so chemistry won’t be much of a problem?

  8. But if the Drama us about 4 leads and if KSH is paired with IU then wouldn’t moon geun young be paired with cha tae hyun???

  9. Frankly if they secure 2 out of the 3. And then add whoever they want for the 4th- I am still watching.

    We already have a great PD. Then add in a known writer. Then at least 2 out of the 4 who can act?

    That’s way more credibility then what we’ve been getting.

  10. Interesting casts!! I don’t know but actually I hope Song Ji Hyo as female PD as she’s in variety show for years and prove to be quite sassy… But if it turns out to be Moon Geun Young I’ll be really happy!! It’s about time I see her on my screen again and whether she’s paired with CTH or KSH, no problem with me, as long as she does a (good) drama this year!

  11. A CTH-IU pairing doesn’t really make sense. I’m guessing it’s CTH+whoever and KHS+IU. If they are going for bigger names for the female PD role then it’s ambiguous who is the real first male lead here.

  12. Awww. I like this casting so far. I’m not a raging Kim Soo Hyun fan, but I like him enough and I too really like IU after Pretty Boy (which I actually thought was not that bad of a drama even though most people hated / didn’t watch it). She was totally wonderful in that. If this stays as is, I’ll be tuning in.

  13. I anticipate some epic cameos, too. I would love to see Jun Ji Hyun do a cameo if CTH and KSH are in this together. It probably would be the closest thing in getting her to to do variety. Definitely the 1 Night 2 Days gang! Ooh, bring back the Dragon Brothers..CTH, Jang Hyuk and Kim Jong Kook.

  14. I think KSH’s character will enter the variety world due to liking an older-noona-PD (who will eventually be CTH’s OTP), but will fall for the ice princess singer guesting on his show instead!

    • Haha I think it might be the opposite. KSH’s character might be nursing a crush on IU but will eventually fall for GHJ. That’s the only way I see it working out with GHJ and KSH as the main leads. Plus I kinda dig that coupling!

      • HAHA. You’ve completely read my mind!
        I also think KSH’ character will become a Producer for IU’s character then fall for GHJ’s character!
        I’m hoping this is the way it’ll go because it’ll be super interesting. And also I like GHJ and KSH pairing more than the KSH pairing with IU.

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