UPDATED March 5:
Victory Contents, the Korean drama production company behind River Where the Moon Rises confirmed on the afternoon of March 5 that Mr. Queen actor Na In-woo will be replacing Ji Soo as its male protagonist. Na In-woo will reportedly greet the viewers as On Dal beginning episode 9.
In a post via their Instagram account, Victory Contents apologized and shared a statement about the issue. The caption reads as follows:
“This is Victory Contents, the production company of KBS2’s Monday-Tuesday drama River Where the Moon Rises. First of all, [we] feel sorry for causing concern to the viewers due to the controversy related to the cast. [We] would like to express [our] sincere condolences to the victims who must have had a harder time watching the actor through our drama. Our production company felt the seriousness of this situation and decided to drop the actor [from the cast].
As a result of [our discussion], the best way to [handle the] more-than-95-percent filmed material is to delete the actor’s scenes as much as possible in the seventh and eighth episodes scheduled for next week, and the broadcast will be reshot after changing [actors]. This is a difficult decision made to keep the promise of delivering the completed River Where the Moon Rises to viewers. [We] will do our best to complete a good work with a new actor.
We [are] also very embarrassed by this incident, which caused a huge economic loss. However, we decided to film again after close consultation with the broadcasting company. [We are] sorry and sorry to say this again. [We] will do [our] best to keep [our] promise to the viewers. Thank you.”
In a separate Instagram Story post, the company also disclosed that the six aired episodes under external video on demand (VOD) and the cable broadcasting copy will be revised and reuploaded, making the drama unavailable in viewing platforms for the time being.
Original: ‘Mr. Queen’s’ Na In-woo courted to replace Ji Soo in ‘River Where the Moon Rises’
The production of the ongoing KBS2 historical drama River Where the Moon Rises has reached out to rising actor Na In-woo to fill its recently vacated lead role.
On March 5, an official from his agency Cube Entertainment shared to news outlets, “Na In-woo has [received a proposal] and is currently considering joining River Where the Moon Rises as On Dal.”
On Dal was previously portrayed by television artist Ji Soo. After allegations of Ji Soo’s participation in school violence surfaced on March 2 and a petition for his removal in the series to the KBS Viewers’ Rights Center was submitted on March 3, the team behind the drama took a two-day (March 4 and 5) break from filming to discuss the proper measures toward the actor, eventually coming to a decision that he be removed from the cast. However, details on how to go about the production schedule reportedly remain undecided.
Prior to the discussion of his dismissal from the drama, Ji Soo posted a handwritten apology on his Instagram account on March 4, where he shared his sincerest apologies for his “unforgivable actions.”
Meanwhile, Na In-woo has been receiving attention for his notable performance in the recently concluded tvN drama Mr. Queen. He has also confirmed to have joined the cast of the upcoming campus drama Blue Spring From a Distance.
River Where the Moon Rises, which has aired six out of its 20 episodes so far, is said to be a pre-produced project, with reportedly over 90 percent of its material already shot.