I hope Shim Eun Kyung will jump onboard, because she can definitely bring the quirky and eccentricity of Nodame. Plus, compared to other names that floated before this like IU or God forbid, other idols – no. I would rather have a girl who can act and do so well, thank you. I get it that Shim Eun Kyung isn’t standard beauty fare per se, but so what? It’s personality and acting chops that matter and in Nodame’s case, all the more so.
Joo Won as Chiaki though… I… don’t know what I feel. Okay, here’s my honest take: it could’ve been worse. I like him, but I’m not all over him. I think he’s a decent actor and definitely a good singer, but he’s yet to impress me after playing the conflicted antagonist in Baker Kim Tak-Goo. I know, I should watch Gaksital – it’s still in my to-watch list, ha. I think he has potential and is incredibly smart with his project choices, but as Chiaki? I’m not completely against this casting – again, thank goodness for actually picking an actor who can act – but a part of me feels like someone else is more fitting for the role. I can’t think of any names right off the bet, but… sigh, he’s confirmed so I guess I’ll just have to accept this casting news.
For now, I really hope she signs on and I’m going to keep an open mind about this remake. They better not bring in any idols (who can’t act) though, or I swear I am going to FLIP. My love for Nodame is fierce, yo.