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Jang Keun Suk and Kim Min Jung Were Originally Cast for ‘Empress Ki′

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2014.03.31 11:23 Newsen Jo Yeon Kyung Translation Credit : Yeawon Jung

It has been revealed that casting for Empress Ki changed at the last minute.

March 30’s broadcast of MBC’s Section TV revealed the story behind the drama casting.

Empress Ki, which has been earning over 30% in viewership ratings, originally cast Jang Keun Suk and Kim Min Jung for the roles currently played by Ji Chang Wook and Baek Jin Hee, respectively.

Jang Keun Suk and Kim Min Jung Were Originally Cast for ‘Empress Ki′

Having acted alongside Ha Ji Won previously in Hwang Jin Yi, Jang Keun Suk was expected to be a great partner for the actress in another historical drama. However, Jang Keun Suk’s casting got nullified due to his schedules abroad, which overlapped with the 50 episode long drama.

Many actors also refused to take the role, since having to do a pigtail was rumored to cause misfortune, and the role was finally given to Ji Chang Wook.

Baek Jin Hee was also cast at the last minute, about a week before filming started, for the role that was originally given to Kim Min Jung.

Photo credit: MBC

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