Young even feels like an understatement when looking at the fully assembled cast for upcoming romantic sageuk drama Moonlight Drawn by Clouds. When the average age of the four leads is 19 year old, there is something to be said for this drama hewing close to the original source manhwa where the characters are all late teens and early twenties. Moonlight is casting early since it doesn’t air until August on KBS but perhaps the goal is to lock in some of the brightest buzziest young acting talent around.
22 year old Park Bo Gum will be playing the male lead of the Joseon crown prince, 16 year old Kim Yoo Jung is the cross-dressing relationship dispenser, 20 year old Yook Sung Jae is the poet/warrior/second male lead, and now 21 year old Chae Soo Bin joins the cast playing the second female lead who is the chosen princess consort for the crown prince. In many ways this is the young adult version of The Moon Embraces the Sun, with the cute coincidence that scene stealing child actress Kim Yoo Jung from that drama is now old enough to play the female lead.
I don’t have a problem with the younger cast for this drama, if everyone is young together then the ick factor is minimized and the typically romance chaste sageuk further helps to keep the lovey dovey developments emotional rather than too physical.