Second Verse, Same As The First? 

Posted by Stephanie on September 23, 2016

Casting News

jung-kyung-hoIt’s fascinating sometimes to be able to glimpse into the back door of drama-making. Every time something goes amiss, I’m reminded of King of Dramas and the realization that sometimes productions have to go through a lot of hoops in order to get something made. Previously this year we had Cinderella and Her Four Knights and it’s trials and tribulations and now it’s Group 9. Previously called Picnic. Previously called Gaia.

First we had Kang Ha Neul attached as lead, then he was out. Then we had the writer from Angry Mom attached, then she was out. (Why am I assuming that’s a woman? Then that writer was out.) Now we’ve got the writer from this year’s Police 38 working the pages. Then we had Chanyeol attached as a couple star and…actually it looks like he’s still attached to the project, but I still give him side eye for his casting being part of the reason Kang Ha Neul passed. (Sorry Chanyeol, it’s not that I don’t find you adorable, I do, it’s just…well we know with your casting what sort of show this is going to be…which is why I’m rather surprised by the newest news, the possible edition of Jung Kyung Ho, who I will forever know as Doctor’s Son.

Well, you have my attention again show, well done.

Looks like casting wasn’t the only thing they’ve been working on while the rest of us thought this project was dead, the drama itself had been tweaked and if it is going to die what I think it will, I’m actually thinking it could be cute. We have the ex-idol turned reporter and the possible heroine and a stylist lost on a deserted island. I was wondering how they’d fit Chanyeol into a plot like that, but now with a name like Missing 9, I can see the possibilities. I’m thinking a non-mystical Lost, which, if you think about it, probably makes it more of a Gilligan’s Island. 

And I’m back out.

Just kidding. Though nothing Jung Kyung Ho has done had captured me quite like Heartless City, I do find him to be a really good actor who has this amazing ability to sink seamlessly into the character he plays. You know. Like a good actor can.

The only thing I worry about is the fact that his last few projects haven’t captured my attention like his previous ones. His last one? I didn’t even bother to attempt. (Well, in all honesty, that was due to my dislike for a bunch of the other actors rather than a reflection of him, but at some point, you have to think of his drama picking ability.)

If this drama stays a light-hearted castaway drama with cute wannabe famous types rather than an angsty mature drama (dear lord, please don’t expect Chanyeol to actually act serious and expect me to take the drama seriously because that just is not going to happen.) It could be a good time. I guess we’ll see.

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