This may be the first big K-drama casting kerfluffle this year 2016, and it’s certainly big news but for the star involved. Rookie K-actress Kim Joo Hyun went through a months long audition process for the upcoming K-drama adaptation of My Sassy Girl, to be set in the Joseon period as a historical, but less than a month after winning the role she’s lost it in spectacular public fashion. Kim Joo Hyun will not be Joo Won‘s leading lady in drama My Sassy Girl after all, and not only that but the drama will also not be a Korea-China joint production. It will instead be fully pre-produced only with Korean investment, still slated to start production next month for an early 2017 airing date. The search is on again for the drama Sassy Girl and an offer has been made to Oh Yeon Seo to pair up with Joo Won for the project.
There are multiple rumors floating around over why Kim Joo Hyun left the drama – ranging from her acting wasn’t up to par, she was demoted from leading lady to second female lead and didn’t want to accept, and/or the Chinese investors were forced to back out with the current antagonistic political climate between China and Korea and the sole Korean investors wanted a bigger name female star to help market the drama. This may be a major embarrassment and setback from Kim Joo Hyun but hopefully she rises above the challenge and in future acting projects showcases her ability to prove her naysayers wrong.