GTV, the network who will produce the Taiwanese version of the popular Japanese manga Skip Beat, has announced that they will start filming on March 31, 2011. They have already acquired the services of Super Junior members Choi Siwon and Donghae to play the drama’s male leads while they’ve tapped the services of Taiwanese actresses Ivy Chen and Bianca Bai to play the female leads.
Siwon and Donghae will be staying in Taiwan for 4 months while filming and that a representative from the network tells the media that the boys’ only request with regards to their accommodations was that the place should be secured enough like requiring the tenants to use pass keys before riding the elevator or entering the building.
Extravagant Challenge is the title of the drama and it’s the story about an innocent girl named Kyoko Mogami (played by Ivy Chen) who gets betrayed by her long time boyfriend Sho Fuwa (played by Donghae). In an attempt to get revenge, she debuts as a celebrity, where she meets and becomes close to Japan’s top actor Ren Tsuruga (played by Siwon) and the drama unfolds with the various events she experiences soon after.
This announcement has made a lot of the fans waiting for this project to start filming very happy. It’s no secret the numerous problems it faced during the past months from the main cast backing out to other pre-production issues. It’s original cast, Taiwanese celebrities Jerry Yan and Ariel Lin have already attended a press conference announcing the project but backed out of the drama after a few months.
I am eagerly anticipating this drama because I have been a fan of the anime version and the story itself. I only have doubts with regards to Donghae playing Sho Fuwa since he has just started acting on TV as compared to Siwon’s and I’m praying that he’ll be able to pull it off. I think the producers made the right choice of assigning Siwon to play the role of Ren Tsuruga since his profile perfectly fits Siwon’s personality.
I am hoping for the best for you guys and I can’t wait to see it premiere in the following months. Good luck and have fun filming!