According to multiple sources, actor Jang Hyeok who was set to play the male lead and actress Kim Sa-rang decided to pull out from the drama after Park's casting for the show fell through. All three are managed by major talenthouse SidusHQ.
Although officials had not confirmed Park was cast for "Secret Garden", his agency SidusHQ had said earlier this month that negotiations are "going positively" and they are waiting for a response from the show.
Officials working with Jang Hyeok have said the actor's withdrawal from the show "has not been set as of yet" but several industry sources have accepted his exit from the show as fact.
Park, whose Korean name is Jay Park, joined SidusHQ this summer when he returned to Korea for the first time in months after splitting from 2PM. He has taken on a solo career in singing and acting since, releasing his debut album and filming Korea-U.S. b-boy pic "Hype Nation 3D".
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