OK, I was a bit worried when I heard more idols were cast (who will act?), and then brightened up and got excited more when the final casting news came out with quite impressive actors lined up as supporting characters.
Minho as Kang Taejoon, a high jump gold medalist, who is discouraged after being injured
Sulli as Goo Jaehee who disguises herself as a male and transfers to Taejoon’s school to help him recover for a comeback
And people wondered who would play the second male lead and hoped an actor, not an idol, would be cast. Yesterday, Lee Hyunwoo came to my mind, and I thought to myself if he could be cast, it would be perfect.
Yes, he was cast!!! Now I can believe SM is serious about making this drama not only to sell it to overseas idol fans, but also to lure muggles. Lee Hyunwoo is a rising star who is making a successful transition from a child star to an attractive and good adult actor. He was in the Master of Study and the Equator Man.
Lee Hyunwoo as Cha Eungyeol, soccer middle fielder, who is conceited and short-tempered
And a new face who is a rising musical actor (also appeared in some drama and movies) was cast as a sub-main. Kang Haneul as Joo Jicheol, a high jump player in the national team and Taejoon’s rival.
Seo Joonyoung (known for his impressive acting in Tree with Deep Roots) as Ha Seungli, dorm supervisor and fencing team chief — a macho type with strong leadership
Ki Taeyoung as Jang Minwoo, a mysterious eccentric school nurse who helps Jaehee
Kang Gyeongjoon as a comic and clumsy track-and-field team coach
Lee Young-eun, a teacher of Korean in a triangle relationship with the school nurse and the coach
Lee Hanee, school president with gentle charisma
Lee Hanwee, Taejoon’s father
Lee Ahyun, the dorm supervisor’s mom who knows Jaehee’s secret and helps her
Ahn Hyegyeong, a sports magazine reporter
Ko Soyoung, head director like Bae Yongjoon in Dream High; her casting made a headline because this is her first TV appearance since her marriage. She’s a top model and star who is now married to Jang Dong-gun, a top star in Korea.
Also, Kim Jiwon (CF model, High Kick 3) as a student in a neighbor school who likes Taejoon, Gwanghee of ZE:A as another dorm supervisor and theater team chief (?) who is adored by everyone as the owner of absolute beauty. El of Infinite may also be cast as one of Taejoon’s friends.
*The cast and character information haven’t been finalized yet, so there might be changes.
Total 16 episodes to be broadcast in August
Directed by Jeon Kisang (Witch Yoo Hee, Delightful Girl Choon Hyang, My Girl, Boys over Flowers)
Written by Lee Youngcheol (High Kick 1, 2, 3, Kimchi Cheese Smile)
Music by Park Geuncheol (Goong, Queen of Games, City Hunter, Lovers in Paris)
Art by Noh Sangsoon (You Are Beautiful, My Girlfriend is Goo Mi Ho, Shining Inheritance)
Produced by Kim Hoon (White Tower-assistant producer-, Love in Harvard, etc)
Action by Jung Jingeun
*Will this drama be Dream High 1 or Dream High 2? Boys over Flowers was very popular but left a bad impression because of the changes made to the story by the script writer. I’m not sure about the writer whose main work has been for sitcoms. Competition with the rival dramas that start about the same time in August is expected to be very tough: Lee Joonki, a popular top star, is coming back in a historical fiction drama after finishing his military service; the other drama with Song Joongki and Moon Chaewon. Tough! but fighting~
[Source: DC SHINee Gallery, Bestiz, Naver]