This week K-Drama casting news: (02.25~03.10)

I apologize for taking this long to post about the casting news, I really got so busy! But I have to say these 2 weeks casting news were really on FIRE!! so many favorite/respected actors are coming back! WOW!
Let’s get started!

Melo Suits Me:

Chun Woo Hee, Jeon Yeo been, Han Ji Eun, Ahn Jae Hong & Gong Myung confirmed for JTBC’s upcoming drama “Melo Suits Me“.

The drama will be directed and written by Lee Byung Hun (Extreme Job, Twenty), It will tell the story of Im Jin Joo, Lee Eun Jung, and Hwang Han Joo who are best friends in their 30s. Hwang Han Joo is the head of a marketing team for a drama production company. She is a single mother who struggles to balance her work and personal life as she is raising a kid. Im Jin Joo is a drama writer with a lot of emotional ups and downs. Her personality is unique, talking to a luxurious purse at times. Even though she is a drama writer, she tries to write her scripts in a literary style. Lee Eun Jung is a documentary director. She runs her own production company, although she’s the only employee. One of her documentaries surprisingly becomes popular overnight.

The drama will air in July.

Doctor Prisoner:

Kim Jung Nan & Kang Hong Seok confirmed for KBS’s upcoming drama Doctor Prisoner along with Nam Goong Min.

The drama will be directed by Hwang In Hyuk PD (Assembly) & Written by Park Kye Ok (Inspiring Generation). It tells the story of Na Yi Je (Nam Goong Min), a surgeon with excellent skills and has a kind personality. He gets involved in a medical accident which he did not cause. The medical accident leads him to get kicked out of the hospital where he works. He then begins work as the chief of a prison medical clinic.

The drama will air in March 20.

When the Devil Calls Your Name:

Yoon Kyung Ho confirmed for tvN’s upcoming drama When The Devil Calls Your Name.

The drama is written by Noh Hye Young (Come Back Mister) and directed by Min Jin Ki PD (Circle), It tells the story of a man who sold his soul to the devil ten years ago for youth and success. But as soul collection day draws near, he bargains with the devil for an extension of their contract. The devil’s conditions are this: He must find three other people who have promised to sell their souls and take their contracts.

It’s scheduled to be broadcast in the second half of this year.

WWW:

Im Soo Jung, Jang Ki Yong, Lee Da Hee and Jeon Hye Jin confirmed for tvN’s upcoming drama WWW.

The drama will be directed by Jung Ji Hyun PD (Mr. Sunshine) and written by Kwon Eu Sol (Kim Eun Sook’s assistant writer), It tells the story of Bae Ta-Mi, she works as a director for a big web portal company. She is in her late 30’s and is quite competitive. With her competitiveness, she enjoys success. The methods she uses to win has her wondering if she is doing the right thing with her life. Has she sacrificed too much of her personal life for success?

The drama will be broadcast in the first half of 2019.

Designated Survivor:

Lee Joon Hyuk confirmed for tvN’s upcoming drama Designated Survivor a remake of American drama. He will play as Ji Jin Hee‘s rival.

The drama is directed by Yoo Jung Sun PD (What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim) and written by Kim Tae Hee (Beautiful Mind). It tells the story of Park Moo Jin, a former professor of chemistry and now holds the Minister of Environment position. He doesn’t have ambition, personal beliefs or political sense as a politician. One day, high ranking government officers are gathered for the President’s State of the Union address. An explosion then takes place, killing many government officials, including the President. He is the highest ranking government officer left alive. He doesn’t want the position, but he must sit as the acting president for 60 days. He chases after the person or group responsible for the explosion and he grows as a national leader.

The drama is expected to air in the first half of this year.

My Fellow Citizens:

Park Kyung Hye confirmed for KBS’s upcoming drama My Fellow Citizens along with Choi Si Won & Lee Yoo Young.

The drama will be directed by Kim Jung Hyun PD and written by Han Jung Hoon (Bad Guys), It tells the story of Yang Jung Kook (Choi Si Won), a veteran conman, but he has never been arrested. One day, his girlfriend suddenly runs off with the money they were going to use for their marriage. Yang Jung Kook is extremely upset and he goes out to drink. He meets Kim Mi Young (Lee Yoo Young), a girl who has been through a hard time because of her boyfriend’s cheating ways. Yang Jung Kook tells her that he runs a business and Kim Mi Young tells him that she works for a small company. Kim Mi Young is actually a detective. They find comfort with each other and they develop a relationship romantically. On their wedding day, Kim Mi Young reveals to Yang Jung-Kook that she is actually a detective. Meanwhile, Park Hoo-Ja (Kim Min Jung) is a mysterious woman. She runs a private loan business that she inherited from her father. Her father was swindled by Yang Jung Kook. Park Hoo Ja finds Yang Jung-Kook and blackmails him into running for a national assembly seat.

The drama will air on April 1st.

Watcher:

Han Suk Kyu is positively reviewing the offer from OCN’s upcoming drama WATCHER.

The drama will be directed by Ahn Gil Ho PD (Memories Of The Alhambra) and written by Han Sang Woon (The Good Wife), It’s a psychological thriller that delves into the reality of power. It follows the story of three men and women who join a special anti-corruption police investigation unit after their lives are shattered by a dramatic event.

It will be broadcast in the first half of this year.

When Camellia Blooms:

Son Dam Bi is positively reviewing the offer from KBS’s upcoming drama ‘When Camellia Blooms’ along with Kang Ha Neul & Gong Hyo Jin

The drama will be written by Im Sang Choon (Fight My Way) and directed by Cha Young Hoon PD (Are you Human too?), It’s a romance thriller, comedy revolving around a woman and three men. Gong Hyo Jin has been offered the leading role of Dong Baek, who runs a drinking establishment called Camellia and Kang Ha Neul has received the offer to play Yong Shik, who is a neighborhood policeman in love with Dong Baek. He is a guy from the countryside who is simple, honest, and naive but also has some sexiness.

The drama will air in the second half of 2019.

Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryun:

Cha Eun Woo & Lee Ji Hoon confirmed for MBC’s upcoming sageuk drama ‘Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung‘ along with Shin Se Kyung. ActorPark Ki Woong is positively reviewing the offer

The drama will be directed by Kang Il Soo (Solomon’s Perjury) & Han Hyun
Hee and written by Kim Hoo Soo, It tells the story of women in the 19th century who were frowned upon for writing historical records despite being female. The drama will fight against outdated prejudice on the basis of gender and social status and show the value of change. On top of telling survival stories of female intern historians at the palace, it will also show the romance that blossoms between Prince Yi Rim and historian Goo Hae Ryung.

The drama will follow ‘Spring Night’ in July.

Catch Yoo Ryung:

Moon Geun Young is positively reviewing the offer from tvN’s upcoming drama ‘Catch Yoo Ryung’.

The drama will be directed by Shin Yoon Sub PD (Come Back Mister) and It’s a romantic investigative drama about a woman named Yoo Ryung who solves cases with her overflowing sense of justice and exceptional spatial perception but always gets herself into trouble because of her rash actions. She meets the Wangsimni station constabulary chief, a man who avoids cases and seeks stability. However, he always ends up cleaning up after the problems caused by Yoo Ryung and holds the key to the solving the cases.

The drama will air in the 2nd half of the year.

VIP:

Lee Chung Ah is positively reviewing the offer from SBS’s upcoming drama ‘VIP’ along with Jang Nara & Lee Sang Yoon.

The drama is an office mystery drama that follows the growth of working women as they run into troubles but work to get back up and move forward again.

It will air in early August.

Civil War Inspection:

Lee Sun Gyun & Jung Ryeo Won in talks for JTBC’s upcoming drama ‘Civil War Inspection‘.

A drama depicting the mundane daily routine of overworked prosecutors staying up all night to tackle all the different cases handed over by the police.

The drama will air in November.

Asdal Chronicles:

Ha Joon confirmed for tvN’s upcoming drama Asdal Chronicles.

The drama will be directed by Kim Won Suk PD (My Mister, Signal) and Written by Kim Young Hyun & Park Sang Yeon (Six Flying Dragons). It’s set in the fictional land of Aseudal during ancient times.
Eun Sum (Song Joong Ki) was born with a fate to bring disaster to Aseudal. Due to his mother’s struggles to save him, he goes through hardships and grows up. He appears again in Aseudal. Ta-Gon (Jang Dong Gun) is a war hero of Aseudal. He has paved the way for Aseudal to become a prosperous city nation and he is the most powerful person in Aseudal. He dreams of becoming the first king of Aseudal. Tan-Ya (Kim Ji Won) was born with the same fate as Eun-Sum. She is the successor of the Wahan Tribe. Going through hardships, she realized her mission. She lives under the highest honor and her ambition is to become a politician.

The drama will be released in the first half of this year.

Love Affairs in the Afternoon:

Ye Ji Won & Jo Dong Hyuk cast in Channel A’s upcoming drama ‘Love Affairs in the Afternoon‘, a remake of a Japanese drama along with Park Ha Sun & Lee Sang Yeob

The drama will be written by Yoo So Jung and directed by Kim Jung Min (Bad Guys), It tells the story of Son Ji Eun, she moved to a small city due to her husband’s new job as a civil servant. She works part-time at a mart, she is quiet and sincere. Her life in the small city becomes boring. Her life is shaken by Yoon Jung Woo, a biology teacher at a local school.

The drama will air in the first half of this year.

Secret:

Jo Bo Ah & Ryu Seung Su confirmed for upcoming drama Secret along with Park Hae Jin. Jo Bo Ah will be play as a surgical resident.

The drama will be directed by Oh Jong Rok (The Greatest Wedding) and written by Lee Sun Young, It tells the story of Kang San Hyeok (Park Hae Jin), a member of the 119 special rescue team. They are usually transported by helicopter to rescue people. Kang San-Hyeok is handsome and smart, but he does not remember his childhood.

The drama doesn’t have a broadcast station yet but it’s aiming to air in the second half of the year.

Aide:

Lee Eli jah is positively reviewing the offer from JTBC’s upcoming drama ‘Aide’. Actor Lee Jung Jae is also in talks for the leading role.

The drama will be directed by Kwak Jung Hwan PD (The K2, Ms. Hammurabi) and written by Lee Da Il (Life On Mars). The synopsis for the drama hasn’t been released yet, nor the releasing date or broadcast channel.

My Country:

Jang Young Nam confirmed for JTBC’s upcoming sageuk drama My Country along with Yang Se Jong & Woo Do Hwan.

The drama will be written by Chae Seung Dae (Inspiring Generation, Master: God of Noodles) and directed by Kim Jin Won PD (The Innocent Man, Just Between Lovers, etc). It’s set during the end of the Goryeo period to the early Joseon period. It follows the story of two friends, Seo Hwi (Yang Se Jong) is a warrior who can’t stand injustice & Nam Sun-Ho (Woo Do-Hwan) is smart and a talented figure, he wants to pass the military service exam, but corruption by his father create misunderstandings between the two and it affects their friendship. Seolhyun will play as a woman skilled in martial arts.

The drama will air in the second half of the year.

Hotel Del Luna:

Yeo Jin Goo & IU confirmed for tvN’s upcoming drama ‘Hotel Del Luna‘.

The drama will be directed by Oh Choong Hwan PD (While You Were Sleeping) & Written by Hong Sisters (Hwayugi). It tells the story of a man who began working Hotel del Luna as a manager due to an unexpected case. Jang Man Wol is the hotel CEO, she is beautiful but she is not nice to others. She made a big mistake many years ago and because of that she has been under a curse for over a 1,000 years.

The drama will follow ‘Asadal Chronicles’ in August.

The Great Show:

Lee Sun Bin & Lee Kyu Han in talks for tvN’s upcoming drama ‘The Great Show‘ along with Song Seung Heon.

The drama will center around Wi Dae Han and his three other problematic siblings. It will portray the way the four imperfect individuals come together and unite as a family in a comedic yet touching way. 

The drama is scheduled to be broadcast in the second half of 2019.

Abyss:

Han So Hee confirmed for tvN’s upcoming drama ‘Abyss‘ along with Park Bo Young & Ahn Hyo Seop.

The drama will be directed by Yoo Je Won (Oh My Ghost) and Written by Moon Soo Yun (Rude Miss Young Ae 9 & 10), It tells the story of a man and a woman who suddenly meet their death and are given another chance at life through soul-reviving beads in a magical abyss. By using the magic, their souls are reborn on earth, but they find themselves in completely different physical bodies.

It’s expected to air in the first half of this year.

Chocolate:

Jang Seung Jo is positively reviewing the offer from JTBC’s upcoming drama Chocolate along with Ha Ji Won & Yoon Kye Sang

The drama will be directed by Lee Hyung Min (Miracle That We Met) and Written by Lee Kyung Hee (Uncontrollably Fond), It’s about a neurosurgeon and an world-famous chef of Italian cuisine who heal their scars from the past and cook for those in hospice care.

The drama is scheduled to air in the second half of this year.

Spring Night:

Lim Seong Eon & Lee Sang Heeconfirmed for MBC’s upcoming drama ‘Spring Night‘ along with Han JiMin & #Jung Hae In

The drama will be directed and written by ‘Something in the Rain’ PD & writer, It tells the story of a couple in their 30’s has dated for a long time and they begin to talk about getting married. They look back at their relationship and realize their love newly.

The drama will air in May.

Her Private Life:

Lee Il Hwa confirmed for tvN’s upcoming drama Her Private Life

The drama is directed by Hong Jang Chan PD (Dear My friends, Life) and It’s based on the webtoon “Noona Fan Dot Com” and It’s about a talented gallery curator named Sung Duk Mi (Park Min Young), who is an idol fangirl underneath her professional veneer. Meanwhile, her boss Ryan (Kim Jae Wook) becomes a passionate fanboy of her.

The drama will follow ‘Touch Your Heart’ in April.

School Nurse Ahn Eun Young:

Nam Joo Hyuk confirmed for Netflix’s upcoming drama ‘School Nurse Ahn Eun Young’ along with Jung Yoo Mi.

The drama will be directed by Lee Kyoung Mi (The Truth Beneath) and written by Jung Se Rang, It tells the story of Ahn Eun Young, a nurse teacher and an exorcist. She has a special ability which allows her to see ghosts and she can also eradicate these ghosts. She uses a toy knife and a BB gun to take out the ghosts. A mysterious thing takes place at the school. Eun Young tries to be a good teacher and eradicate the bad ghosts with the help of Teacher Hong In Pyo.

The drama will be released in the first half of next year (2020).

Save Me 2:

Baek Soo Jang confirmed for OCN’s upcoming drama ‘Save Me 2’.

The drama will be directed by Lee Kwon PD (Door Lock) and written by Jo Geum San, it will tell the story of residents in a small town fall into a state of chaos due to the presence of a false religious group.

The drama will air in May.

+ BONUS:

Hyun Bin in talks for Writer Park Ji Eun (My Love From The Star, The Legend of the Blue Sea)’s upcoming drama. His agency said that nothing is confirmed yet except the writer only checked the actor’s schedule. The drama is set to air in the second half of the year on tvN. The plot hasn’t been releases yet.

Which cast/drama are you mostly looking forward to?

*plots cr. asiawiki/dramabeans/soompi