This casting news will make a lot of people happy, though I was personally indifferent either way. Jin Se Yeon has officially declined the offer to be Lee Jun Ki‘s leading lady in Scholar Who Walks the Night. If she had accepted, it would not be her first sageuk as she was the child actress in the sageuk The Duo when she first started acting, but the role would require her to cross-dress for the majority of the drama as the leading lady pretends to be a male bookseller to earn a living and stay safe. As of now, Scholar has now gone through two potential leading lady candidates, first Han Groo and now Jin Se Yeon.
Kim So Eun is the latest actress name to be in talks for this drama but it’s reportedly for the second female lead role. If I were MBC I would just switch it now and offer Kim So Eun the leading lady role, a no-brainer choice and saves the headache of starting the search from scratch. The production has said, however, that it plans to keep looking for a leading lady and wants a fresh face newcomer. Buh? It’s hard enough to find experienced actresses who can cross-dress convincingly, much less do it in a sageuk setting. To expect a newbie to deliver is shooting for the moon. Folks at MBC needs to take their meds.
Too bad Moon Geun Young is in the process of being scooped up by SBS for Chaebol’s Daughter/True Romance. She could do this role in her sleep, and with her arms tied behind her back. I would be paging Yoon Eun Hye since she can cross-dress like the best of them, but sadly her enunciation issues is going to get K-netz angry with her again regardless of how well she acts. Best stay away from sageuks for my pretty baby, I hate it when she gets picked on for her line readings. While MBC may have backtracked on Han Groo, she was reportedly also walking away from this role herself as the fan feedback has been very stacked against her casting.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Jin Se Yeon turned it down for the same reason, sageuks are hard enough as is, this leading lady character is especially hard to play as she has to walk that fine line between spunky and a damsel in distress. She gets saved a lot by her vampire honey is all I have to say, not really her fault as the manhwa writer loves sticking her in danger every few chapters. She is smart and gutsy, but its impossible to expect her to get out of trouble by herself when the danger comes in the form of evil bloodsucking vampires. With MBC going through the casting carousel recently with a hard time finding a male lead for Kill Me Heal Me before Ji Sung accepted, who knows, maybe the eventual Scholar leading lady will turn out to be an epic success from out of left field.