Erm, is anyone else worried that Who Are You: School 2015 having casting troubles may portend bigger problems behind the scenes, beyond the general casting roulette that goes on with almost every single drama production whether the public hears about it or not. While recent hard-to-cast DID drama Kill Me Heal Me proved that nothing was wrong with the script, similarly hard-to-cast vampire medical drama Blood confirmed that the script smelled to high heaven and multiple leading men ran away for good reason.
KBS was looking to School 2015 to revive the dead Mon-Tues time slot where Blood is currently getting slaughtered in ratings by two well-received competitors in MBC‘s Shine or Go Crazy and the continuing to increase in ratings Heard it Through the Grapevine over on SBS. School 2015 was supposed to start filming by the end of March and right now that’s not happening because there are no confirmed leads, and the two of the most high profile names in talks just took themselves out of the running. Luckily there is a new name in the mix as growing up child actress Kim So Hyun has been approached for her biggest leading lady offer to date.
This has been a bad news day for the School 2015 production, regardless of the news that Kim So Hyun is considering the drama. The school series needs an ensemble so it’s not like she can carry the drama on her shoulders if she does accept. She’s not getting any help from Kang Min Hyuk or Lee Yoo Bi, that’s for sure. Kang Min Hyuk turns down the male lead followed hours later by Lee Yoo Bi also stating that she will not be doing this drama. What’s going on?
Apparently Lee Yoo Bi was supposed to play both main characters twins but declined the offer without giving any explanation. Now with Lee Yoo Bi out, the production is saying that the same role has been offered to Kim So Hyun who will need to play both female leads if she accepts. I have full faith in Kim So Hyun’s acting ability and know without a doubt with her talent and looks she will be a full blown leading lady in K-ent soon enough. But right now she’s 15 years old and there is really no need to rush her into prime time leading lady roles even if said role is a high school student. Sigh, once again a reminder not to get too excited about casting news until it’s confirmed.