Honestly this was a win-win proposition and perhaps the only losers are viewers hoping for a actor better at, well, acting. Na In Woo has stepped in for the disgraced Ji Soo as the male lead of River Where the Moon Rises to play the fake fool Ondal. He was supposed to show up starting in next week’s episode 9 onward but will now show up immediately this week starting with episode 7 on Monday. That means all Ji Soo scenes will be cut and that’s good for KBS as I can’t see any domestic viewers tuning in to watch a drama that still has scenes of a confessed school bully and maybe sexual assaulter as well.
I say Na In Woo’s casting is a win-win because he just came from a highly rated sageuk in Queen Cheorin and is still a rising actor so this opportunity to play a high profile male lead with still 2/3 of the drama left is a no brainer. Established actors are either booked or won’t accept a replacement role so this is probably the best KBS can do. As much as I wanted to toss his entire Lurch Self over the cliff in Queen Cheorin, half was it was due to how annoying Byung In was in his self-proclaimed grand love for So Young, and here at least he’s playing the Kim Jung Hyun type character – a fool in public but a smart kind guy inside. The first stills of him in character are out and while his smiling pics look nice the one on the left when he’s all serious making me flashback to total Byung In douchiness ahhhhhhh! *mind scrub!* Can we all agree to hand the entire drama over to Lee Ji Hoon, pretty please KBS?