Now this is casting news I can totally get behind 100%. Upcoming KBS Mon-Tues drama School 2015, to take over for the hemorrhaging ratings Blood (this drama is forever so pun-ready), is well underway in casting the large ensemble group of high school students, teachers, and parents. The success of all previous School dramas is of course no guarantee that this latest version will also resonate with viewers, but it’s a good bet the audience might connect with could happen in real life kid school struggles more than fantasy vampire doctors.
The first name has been revealed for School 2015 and it’s none other than rising young actress Lee Yoo Bi as the leading lady. Woo hoo, ’bout time! Even better is that the role of an ostracized and bullied high school student is something she can pull off age-wise, along with going dark like she did in the latter half of Gu Family Book. School 2015 will differ from previous versions in having a thriller mystery concept surrounding Lee Yoo Bi’s character who disappears and returns with no memory and needs to try and piece together the truth behind what happened to her.
I think it super duper adorable that Lee Yoo Bi has worked with both School 2013 leading men and breakout stars Lee Jong Seok and Kim Woo Bin. She did Vampire Idol with Woo Bin and Pinocchio with Jong Seok, and now it’s her turn to return to school for potentially some old-fashioned good drama storytelling. There will be lots more casting news to come for this drama, and I’m also expected some good choices when it comes to casting the adult characters. The offer going out to Lee Yoo Bi assures me somewhat that KBS is looking for talent over buzzy names or idol appeal.