A media report revealed today that KBS will have another installment of its longtime drama series “School.” Officials from the broadcasting station announced that auditions for the cast are currently underway for “School 2017“.
The latest installment is the third since 2013, following School 2013 and Who Are You: School 2015. One thing common to these dramas is their focus on the youth and their school life. School 2013 depicts the struggles of modern-day Korean students such as bullying, suicide, violence, private tutoring, and even their problematic relationship with their teachers. It starred Lee Jong-suk (W-Two Worlds) and Kim Woo-bin (Uncontrollably Fond) as one of the main cast. Meanwhile, Who Are You: School 2015 incorporates mystery in its plot but still revolves around the lives of three high school students. Its main cast includes Kim So-hyun (Goblin), Yook Sung-jae (Goblin), and Nam Joo-hyuk (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo). These actors are all popular now in the Korean entertainment industry.
The “School” franchise of KBS started in 1999, with the first installment called School starring Jang Hyuk (Beautiful Mind) and Choi Kang-hee (Glamorous Temptation). It was followed by School 2 on the same year with Kim Rae-won (Doctors) and Ha Ji-won (Empress Ki) playing the lead roles. Two more installments were released in 2000 and 2001. Jo In-sung (It’s Okat, That’s Love) and Lee In-hye (My Fair Lady) led the cast of School 3 while Im Su-jeong (Chicago Typewriter) and Yeo Wook-hwan (Princess Ja-myung) played the main roles in School 4. Given this fact, “School 2017” will become the 7th installment of the series.
The official title of the drama has yet to be announced and more details about the upcoming drama are still unknown. It was said, however, that the drama will premiere in July this year, following Perfect Wife and Third Rate My Way on the Monday-Tuesday time slot. The drama will be directed by Park Jin-suk.