I hope SBS didn’t snigger too much when it saw the casting woes lately over on MBC with both Scholar Who Walks the Night and Feeling Good and Warm and also befalling KBS with Who Are You: School 2015. If SBS felt like gloating then it’s time for some humble pie as karma just arrived to smack upcoming SBS Mon-Tues drama Chaebol’s Daughter (True Romance). What else to call it other than a wake up slap of sorts when both leads in talks for the drama decline their offers on the same news day. Moon Geun Young and Park Seo Joon have both passed on this drama, leaving the production starting the lead search all over again.
I was more excited about Moon Geun Young’s drama land return in two years than I was about her potential pairing with Park Seo Joon. I like the boy a lot but couldn’t for the life of me picture them together onscreen. Now I won’t have to as both have walked away from the drama, continuing a “say no to drama casting” trend that shows no sign of abating. I can’t even hazard a guess why, especially for Park Seo Joon since this would be his first leading man role in a prime time drama, and would reunite him with the writer-director team from One Warm Word. At least the drama got a consolation prize at the same time, with news that rising young idol-actor Park Hyung Sik has signed on for the second male lead role.
Park Hyung Sik’s acting career is on a roll these last two years, starting from teenage role parts leading up to his biggest break yet as the maknae brother in the hit weekend drama What’s With This Family? His role in Chaebol’s Daughter will be as the son of a chaebol family, basically the male version of this drama’s leading lady, who has always gotten everything he wants and coasts through life. He ends up falling for a part time convenience store clerk who he thinks is the poorest of poor girls, except she’s actually our chaebol’s daughter disguised as a poor girl to find true love on her own terms. She’ll end up falling for the poor self-made leading man rather than Hyung Sik’s chaebol’s son. I already know I’ll be saying “Poor Hyung Sik” a lot when I watch this drama. He’s pretty cute to watch onscreen even if his acting is inconsistent albeit headed in the right direction of incrementally improving.