Now this is what I call a promising first step in drama casting. Even without a network or time slot secured yet, PD Kim Kyu Tae‘s upcoming K-drama Moon Lovers slated for 2016 has gotten a lot of attention for being the K-drama adaptation of Chinese period novel Bu Bu Jing Xin. Most know the story from the C-drama adaptation starring now married stars Nicky Wu and Liu Shi Shi, but the C-version was itself adapted from the source novel by writer Tong Hua.
PD Kim is no slouch in his own name recognition department, having directed It’s Okay, It’s Love and That Winter, the Winter Blows among many of his popular works, so having him adapt BBJX to a K-drama is as promising a pick as any. The drama now has the first acting name attached to the project – rising movie and drama actor Kang Ha Neul is in talks for one of the male leads. A scant two years ago his name as a big drama lead would cause consternation since he was such an unknown, but since then his star power has risen astronomically and he did five movies this year alone.
Moon Lovers has secured the first ever US production company co-funding, and currently has a screenwriter lined up in Jo Yoon Young who is best known for writing Hallyu classic Save the Last Dance for Me, which is stupid as all out but is the drama vehicle that introduced now married stars Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young so I remember that drama fondly. As seen above, BBJX the story has six male leads and five female leads, all critically important to the overall story line, so if PD Kim plans to keep the adaptation the same in scope then Kang Ha Neul is a good first addition but he will have to continue picking acting talent as solid as Kang Ha Neul.