Sungkyunkwan Scandal is based on a novel and gets started when a female character enters school at Sungkyunkwan in place of her younger brother, poses as a male, and meets the characters played by Micky Yoochun, Song Joong-ki, and Yoo Ah-in. (So, basically a historical version of Hana Kimi meets You’re Beautiful?) The female role will be played by Jung Da-young of the currently airing Fine Windy Day.
It’s been a year since Yoo Ah-in’s last drama, The Man Who Can’t Get Married; his most recent film was Sky and Ocean, and Antique Bakery prior to that. I don’t think those projects showed him off to his best advantage, and the reason I’m excited is because he’s an actor who can look adorable one minute, but is capable of being a chameleon and doing some fierce emoting the next. He was practically the only cast member who bothered to put any effort into Strongest Chil-woo — which is also the role that convinced me he had the skills to pull off intense and dramatic acting. (And if you’re skeptical about that, here’s a refresher of role he played — a mysterious assassin — in that series.)
The drama will premiere in September.