K-ent continues to churn out talented child actors who succeed into adult roles, with three big names from the last few years transitioning and leaving a void. Yeo Jin Goo, Kim Yoo Jung, and Kim So Hyun are now fully in leading role territory of their own so there’s room for the new batch of teens to make their mark. Upcoming sageuk A King Loves is a great canvas for that as it has a substantive childhood portion that threads the lives of the three adult leads Im Shi Wan, Yoona, and Hong Jong Hyun together. The production team clearly did well in childhood counterpart casting from the recently released stills of the kiddos – Nam Da Reum is the young prince, Lee Seo Yeon will grow up into Yoona, and Yoon Chan Young looks like Hong Jong Hyun’s baby-faced doppleganger.
While Nam Da Reum and Yoon Chan Young have been in dozens of dramas and visually have become a familiar face to K-drama viewers even if audiences may not know them by name, Lee Seo Yoon will be making her K-drama debut playing younger Yoona so hopefully she ends up impressing on the big stage.