Rising star Kim Young-dae has officially joined the cast of KBS2’s upcoming campus drama School 2021.
Kim’s agency Outer Korea confirmed that the 25-year-old actor has been roped in for a lead role, roughly three months since reports about him being in talks for the series made headlines.
School 2021 tells the story of students in a vocational high school who choose to pursue their dreams rather than go to college. As they go through serious issues inside the campus, the students also discover genuine love and friendship.
The drama is KBS2’s eighth installment to its popular school series franchise that brought initial fame to present A-list actors Bae Doo-na (Stranger 2), Ha Ji-won (Chocolate), Lee Dong-wook (Tale of the Nine Tailed), and Gong Yoo (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God), among others.
Kim Young-dae will transform into the high schooler Jung Young-joo, a new transferee who shares an intriguing history with Gong Ki-joon, the lead character to be played by WEi’s Kim Yo-han (A Love So Beautiful).
Previously, Kim Yong-dae impressed a lot of viewers with his performances in the dramas Extraordinary You (2019), Undercover (2021), and the hit multi-season makjang series (dramas with exaggerated elements) Penthouse (2020–2021).
On essaying his first lead role in a television drama, Kim Young-dae shared, “I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to appear in School 2021. Since it is deemed as a traditional campus drama series, I will put in my best effort to make it fun for the viewers.” Kim then went on to reveal details about his mysterious character, saying, “Young-joo of School 2021 is like a friend who has an unfortunate story to tell. I want to be able to convey his anger, pain, and growth.”
Kim Young-dae is currently gearing up for the premiere of Penthouse 3 this June 4.