The flower boy cast of upcoming K-drama Moon Lovers is growing at an exponential rate it seems. Within two weeks we’ve got the casting out five out of six main lead princes, and from the looks of it this might be a lock unless someone drops out before the cameras roll. The latest name to join the K-drama adaptation of popular C-novel Bu Bu Jing Xin (Startling with Each Step) is rising actor Nam Joo Hyuk, who no one can accuse of being underrated.
He’s getting way more flack for being overexposed thanks to three dramas within this year, starting with Who Are You: School 2015, followed by Glamorous Temptation, and he’s currently filming Cheese in the Trap as well. I find him rather cute in a lunkhead way and his acting is pretty stiff but doesn’t annoy me. The caveat is that he’s barely serviceable in modern dramas, I’m not sure if he’s got any potential to up his game once thrown into a sageuk. On the upside, at least he’s got the physique and face to add to the Moon Lovers pretty boy quotient.
If Nam Joo Hyuk joins the cast of Moon Lovers, he won’t even be the potential worst actor of the bunch. EXO‘s Baekhyun with his even more limited acting experience is already my pick for being the sore thumb, while Hong Jong Hyun gets to straddle the middle range, and on the experienced side there will be Kang Ha Neul and Lee Jun Ki. It’s crazy that there is so much news on top of news when it comes to casting the male actors in this high profile drama, but nary a real hint about who the critical role of the female lead will be. If it turns out to be someone who is super high profile like Park Shin Hye or Yoon Eun Hye imma going to have a good laugh first as the drama might end up bigger than its britches before a single reel of film has been shot.