With Lee Jun Ki (Joseon Gunman) finally confirmed (after the long and tedious search for a lead, the last news casting news we heard was back in November when Park Hae Jin was offered the role) as the titular vampire scholar for MBC’s upcoming drama adaptation of popular webtoon “Scholar who Walks the Night” the production company are now turning their attention to casting the cross dressing female lead.
Kim So Eun (Liar Game) is the latest actress considering the role of noble female lead who has to cross dress after her family is framed for treason, the role has previously been declined by Han Groo (Marriage, Not Dating) and Jin Se Yeon (Doctor Stranger) the latter of which I am happy declined the role cause well please see reviews on Doctor Stranger and the train wreck that was. Lee Yubi (Pinocchio) has also been offered a role in the drama, her agency Sidus HQ released a statement saying that she was in the final stages of negotiation. Model/actor Lee Soo Hyuk (Valid Love) has also received a casting call from producers, although it has not been revealed what role he was offered (Lee Soo Hyuk would make a perfect vampire now that he looks a lot better and has improved greatly in acting since 2011 when he did Vampire Idol with bff Kim Woo Bin). TVXQ’s Changmin (Paradise Ranch) is also positively considering his first saeguk drama, Changmin will be playing a prince and a friend of the hero (Lee Jun Ki).
Scholar Who Walks the Night is based on a hit manhwa by Jo Joo Hee and Han Seung Hee, it’s about the daughter of a Joseon nobleman, whose family is ruined because her father gets framed for a crime he didn’t commit. She cross-dresses as a man so that she can sell books, and that’s how she meets a mysterious and handsome scholar, who also happens to be a vampire.
The drama will air in July following the conclusion of Yoo Yeon Seok (Answer Me, 1994) and Kang So Ra’s (Misaeng) romantic drama, “Warm & Cozy“.
Kim So Eun has been confirmed to star as the female lead opposite Lee Jun Ki.