School 2017 Continues the KBS Hit Tradition of Casting Rising Stars Who Later Go on to Major Stardom with Kim Jung Hyun, Jang Dong Yoon, and Kim Se Jung

I confess to skipping the last installment of the KBS drama School franchise, namely School 2017. Four years ago I looked at the cast and didn’t know anyone and thought it was a bunch of randos so passed. Now I’m ready to find time for a watch thanks to the incredible success of the cast in the intervening years, and breakthroughs for so many in just the past year. Male leads Kim Jung Hyun did Crash Landing on You and Queen Cheorin while other male lead Jang Dong Yoon was in Tale of Nokdu and Search. Female lead Kim Se Jung most recently showcased her fighting skills in The Uncanny Counter. And going down the list Ro Woon is a supporting character in the drama and he’s got Extraordinary You and Sunbae, Please Don’t Put on that Lipstick as male leads getting buzz. Supporting female lead Seol In Ah had memorable supporting performances in Record of Youth and Queen Cheorin. This really does continue the KBS tradition of finding on the cusp young talent and letting them breakthrough via the School series – School 2013 cast that went on to stardom included Lee Jong Seok, Kim Woo Bin, Shin Hye Sun, and Park Se Young while Who Are You: School 2015 had Kim So Hyun, Nam Joo Hyuk, Yook Sung Jae, Kim Min Suk, Lee Cho Hee, Jo Byung Gyu, and Kim Bora. Now I’m even more excited about the upcoming School 2021.

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