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Joo Won Linked to Korean Version of “Nodame Cantabile”


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Actor Joo Won has been offered a role in the Korean version of “Nodame Cantabile.”

However, his agency Shim Entertainment stated, “It is true that Joo Won has been offered a role. However, we have not received the synopsis or script yet, so it is still too early to discuss casting.”

Group 8, the production company behind “Boys Over Flowers,” announced last month that it was planning to remake Japanese drama “Nodame Cantabile,” targeting a release in the second half of the year. There were reports earlier this month that singer and actress IU was offered Ueno Juri’s role but her agency has denied these reports.

“Nodame Cantabile” was originally a classical music-themed manga, serialized in Japanese manga magazine “Kiss” from 2001 to 2009. It was adapted into a drama in 2006 by Fuji TV adapted “Nodame Cantabile” and was phenomenally popular throughout Asia.

If Joo Won signs onto the Korean “Nodame,” he is likely to take on the role of Chiaki Shinichi, played by Tamaki Hiroshi in the original Japanese drama. Chiaki is a musical genius of an abrasive character with a charming side, which makes it difficult to dislike him. Known as “Chiaki senpai” to Korean fans, Chiaki has also been compared to Kang Mae from 2008 MBC drama “Beethoven Virus.”

Joo Won has been in project after project, steadily building up his popularity and resume along with the way. He was in two dramas “7th Grade Civil Servant” on MBC and “Good Doctor” on KBS, KBS variety show “1 Night 2 Days” and the movie “Catch Me," all in 2013. Joo Won is currently busy filming the upcoming movie "Fashion King," as continues to appear in the musical "Ghost."

Do you think Joo Won would make a good Chiaki?

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