Kang Haneul and Nam Ji-hyun courted for Angel Eyes

There’s finally some traction on the casting front for the new SBS drama Angel Eyes, from the PD of Will It Snow For Christmas and the writer of Operation Proposal and Boys Over Flowers. There’s still no word on the leads (names from Han Ye-seul to Kim Haneul have been bandied about along with denials and iffy considerations), but the production is in talks with Kang Haneul (Heirs, Monstar) and Nam Ji-hyun (Hwa-yi, To the Beautiful You) to play the leads’ childhood counterparts.

Kang Haneul seems a bit old to be playing childhood roles (he’s 23), though I think this drama will be setting its “childhood” portion more in high school or thereabouts, so it’s no less weird than Heirs or Monstar. Nam Ji-hyun, who’s 18, seems perfect for the part, and since it’s being directed by the PD of Will It Snow For Christmas, she’s a natural choice for a reunion. It also makes sense why the heroine role was offered to Han Ye-seul out of the gate, which would’ve made them child/adult counterparts for the same character again, but that’s not looking too likely at this point.

It’s going to be SBS’s next weekend series, about a pair of first loves who are forced to part because of a painful family history. The hero will do the sending away, and they’ll reunite twelve years later. That’s all we get for now. It leaves the field wide open for all sorts of drama so there’s no telling what direction it’ll take, but it sounds like a classic late-90s, early 2000s melo setup.

Angel Eyes will follow Thrice Married Woman and premiere in March.

By girlfriday

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