Will Choi Jin Hyuk Replace Jung Yong Hwa? Considering Role In 'The Heirs'
By Joan MacDonald | May 04, 2013 04:21 AM EDT
Ever since Jung Yong Hwa dropped out of the drama, "The Heirs," which also costars Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye, drama lovers have wondered who will replace him as the third wheel in what will no doubt be a love triangle.
From the initial announcement that Lee and Park would appear in "The Heirs," it became the most anticipated drama of the year and the inclusion of Jung Yong Hwa made it even bigger news. It would have been the third drama that the singer and actor appeared in with Park Shin Hye. He co-starred with her in "You're Beautiful" and "Heartstrings." However, after initially accepting, Jung dropped out. The touring schedule with his band CN Blue was one of the factors given for his change of heart.
The latest contender for second male lead is Choi Jin Hyuk who stars as the God of the Mountains and gumiho father of Lee Seung Gi in "Gu Family Book." Choi received rave reviews for his role as a tortured mythical creature that forsakes his charmed life when he experiences love for the first time in a thousand years.
Choi began his acting career after winning a grand prize in the KBS reality talent show, "Survival Star Audition" in 2006. Four years later he appeared in the drama "It's Okay Daddy's Girl" as Choi Hyuk Ki.
Since then the actor has worked consistently. He appeared as Bae Sung Hyun in "I Need Romance" in 2011 and as Choi Won Il in "Miss Panda and Mr. Hedgehog" in 2012.
The role that Choi is considering is that of Lee Min Ho's older brother, which would make more sense than choosing Jung Yong Hwa for the role. Choi and Lee Min Ho resemble each other, at least more than Jung and Lee do.
So far, the only information that is about available about the drama's plot is that it will be about heirs but it is not certain who will play the heirs. Lee Min Ho and his brother or Park Shin Hye and someone else? Or all of them? Rumor has it that the story will be told in the style of the American TV show "Gossip Girl," but that show focused initially on teens in a private school. Netizens expressed concern that all of the actors said to be appearing in the romantic comedy were too old to be playing teens.
Kim Eun Sook, who wrote "Secret Garden," is working on the script.
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