The casting process is complicated. The production company and actors’ agencies have to consider image, schedule, talent, and sponsorship, among a myriad of other factors, to cast someone in a role, and in the process of negotiation, things can get very messy.
One of the way an already complicated process can get even more complicated is the way news about it comes out. In the case of casting the lead female role for KBS’ upcoming Monday-Tuesday titled “Taming the Mother-in-Law” (working English title), someone spoke too soon to the media about the casting.
It was reported earlier in in the day by Ilgan Sports that SISTAR‘s Dasom was cast in the lead female role for “Taming the Mother-in-Law,” as informed by a KBS affiliate. However, it was later clarified by KBS and SISTAR’s agency, Starship Entertainment, that Dasom was in talks for taking the lead, not confirmed. But now the production company behind the drama, Raemong Raein, is stating that it never sent the script over to Dasom.
A rep from Raemong Raein explained that the company was in the process of checking the schedule of candidates who fit the age range of the character. Dasom was among the candidates. In other words, she hasn’t been officially offered the role yet (i.e. given the script to read over and decide).
An industry insider explained to local news source Osen that the standard process for casting is that a role is considered officially offered once the script is handed over to the actor, after the actor has said their schedule fits with the expected production schedule.
Raemon Raein has clarified it is still in the process of looking at various candidates.
“Taming the Mother-in-Law” is said to be about a faltering idol star, In Young, who participates in a ‘daughter-in-law experience’ variety program in order to make a comeback. She butts heads with her virtual mother-in-law, Yang Choon Ja, constantly, and somehow ends up becoming her real daughter-in-law.
The upcoming drama is expected to run for 12 episodes and begin airing August 17 after “I Remember You” ends its run.