The casting process for the Korean Hana Yori Dango has officially started.
The Korean version of Hana Yori Dango had seen immense success and popularity for the Taiwanese (2001) and Japanese version (2005) over the past few years. F4 had also become household names in Asia thanks to the drama and the “franchise” is being regarded as a star-making machine.
The 24 episodes Korean Hana Yori Dango is scheduled for broadcast early next year on KBS 2TV with fans in particular, very eager over who would be casted for the respective roles. In the latest rumours, it was reported that there were many calls from fans that SS501 leader, Kim Hyun Joong should be casted.
According to someone from Group Eight which will produce the drama, “We have discussed this with Kim Hyun Joong himself and his company but haven’t made the final decision yet.” DSP Entertainment expressed, “There’s too many things that we would have to do to accomodate his schedule, so we haven’t decide on whether he will be in the drama just yet”.
Why Hyun Joong then? The Group Eight official expressed, “We picked Hyun Joong based on his performance in MBC We Got Married with Hwang Bo and felt that he would be able to play the Rui character well.”
The producion company also reiterated their stand, “We are not going to just cast idols in the drama. There are many criteria that we look into. As long as it fits our criteria and image of the character, we will try to discuss the possibility regardless of whether he/she is an idol star or not.”
Auditions for the drama started in April and they are expecting to release the names of the F4 and female lead at the end of July.
Bottomline is no one has been picked as yet and the selection process is just getting started. One confirmed thing is that it will be aired in 2009. Group Eight previously produced MBC dramas, “Fantasy Couple” and “Goong S”.
I think he is a good choice if he eventually gets picked. Frankly, idol stars over those with acting ability are more likely to work for this drama than anything else. But what will happen to SS501 in Japan if he takes up the offer? What about We Got Married? No wonder, they can’t decide now.