Group Eight announced today that they would be extend the casting process for the Korean Hana Yori Dango which will be shown on KBS2TV in January 2009. According to someone from Group Eight this morning, the casting process which was supposed to end before August would be extended by 1 month and the official casting list would be announced on 28th August (subject to change).
Following news earlier this year that there would be a Korean Hana Yori Dango, everyone has been particularly concerned with who would be casted as F4. There were also rumors in June that SS501 leader Kim Hyun Joong has been confirmed for the drama but this was later denied to be true.
According to someone from Group Eight in July, although the possibility of picking from Korean idol groups for the drama is high, but no one has been confirmed for any roles yet. The spokesperson added that 80% of current popular idol groups members have taken part in the auditions.
The spokesperson said, “We are happy that the Korean Hana Yori Dango is receiving lots of attention but we are also feeling the pressure of delivering on their expectations. So in order to make sure we have the best person for the roles, we decided to extend the casting process. There will not be any impact to the filming schedule since the drama would only start airing next year.”