Choi Jung Won added to “Picking the Stars”
Choi Jung Won (Kingdom of the Winds) has been added as the female lead of Picking the Stars [별을 따다 줘]. It’s her first project in a year and she will take on the bright character, Jin Bbal Kang. Also starring in the drama is Kim Ji Hoon (Flowers for My Life), as a smooth lawyer.
After completing Kingdom, she starred in a small movie called Sweet Dreams, and kept herself busy with music videos and participated in overseas activities as a new Hallyu star. She was first noticed playing a small role in All In, and had supporting roles in Tropical Nights in December and Famous Princesses, before being selected for the female lead in Kingdom. I’m not sure if I would say that she’s Hallyu star, but I guess Kingdom of the Winds had a big international following because of Song Il Gook (Jumong), to warrant the hallyu label.
Han Ji Hye had been offered the role, but this announcement would mean that she declined the offer. It’s a good call. I’m not sure how good her new movie (Like the Moon Escaping from Clouds) will be, but it’s a pretty good bet with Lee Jun Ik as director. She can probably have her choice of roles, instead of having to settle with another flighty romantic comedy.
(Thanks to the heartbroken LM j for the tip.)