The casting for Moon Lovers, the K-drama adaptation of popular Chinese novel Bu Bu Jing Xin (Startling with Each Step), just made an upswing on the see-saw casting call. I’m starting to wonder if the production will cast all the princes before revealing who the female lead will be. That’s a nice buildup, as much as the princes are fantastic characters in their own right as long as it follows the novel characterizations of course, the story hinges on the leading lady so her casting will be most critical.
Back to the princely front, right after news broke that EXO member Baekhyun was going to be in this drama, now comes word that model-turned-actor Hong Jong Hyun is also joining the royal succession fight fun. I still remember first seeing Hong Jong Hyun with his good buddies and fellow model-turned-actors Lee Soo Hyun and Kim Woo Bin in Vampire Idol, and over the years every time I see Hong Jong Hyun act I see him improving. He’s a solid addition to this cast and hopefully Baekhyun remains the outlier and the rest of the casting will continue to improve from that low point.
I really like Kang Ha Neul, and find him quite attractive, but putting him up against the flower boy types like Lee Jun Ki, Hong Jong Hyun, and Baekhyun, makes him look like the adopted princely brother since he’s the rugged type. We’re now four princes in, please find two more awesome additions to complete the half dozen. I was worried the drama wouldn’t have six main princes like the C-novel does but maybe it will manage to pull the full line up of characters over and make it work in a historical Goryeo setting.