The American version of Boys Over Flowers is a go! Although the previously reported Kickstarter campaign failed to reach its goal, the American remake is scheduled to begin filming October 21 in Los Angeles. The male lead roles have been cast (see pics below) although the role of Zoey (Geum Jan Di / Tsukushi Makino) is still open (UPDATE: This role has been cast). To read how the producers of the project have answered fans' questions, see our post 21 Questions about the American remake of Boys Over Flowers answered.

"Boys Before Flowers" has changed production companies and will be produced by WillKinn Media, who issued this statement:

"We have a total of six executive producers including a co-production company for the series and only 2 of us are fans of the series. The company has done other projects before taking on Boys Before Flowers. The people that run it are all 10-20 year industry professionals that have worked with companies such as Samsung Electronics, Dick Clark Productions, Walt Disney Corporation, etc. The company was not formed just to make this series. The team has already been working on three other projects before this one. "

The series, which is said to closely follow the Japanese manga, is set at Ellison University, "a school that caters to the children from families who are rich, famous, high-society or all of the above. Every year, they hold auditions to accept students who are super talented in different areas and give them a full scholarship to attend the University."

"Zoey, a dancer, gets accepted and on her first day, discovers that the school is ruled by a group known as the F4. The members of the F4 come from the most powerful families in the United States and they abuse their power through bullying. Zoey eventually confronts the group after a particularly harsh act and gets on their bad side. The leader of the F4 eventually falls in love with Zoey creating a complicated set of circumstances that creates a classic story that has captured the attention of 23 different countries."

Here are the main roles already cast:

Joseph Almani as Liam Montgomery (Tsukasa Domyouji / Goo Jun Pyo / Dao Ming Si)

Trenton Culkin as Rui Hanazawa / Lee Ji Hoo / Hua Ze Lei

Napoleon Tavale as Chase Carlton (Sojirou Nishikado / So Yi Jung / Xi Men)

Jason S. Mordeno as Noah McCallster (Akira Mimasaka / Song Woo Bin / Mei Zuo)

UPDATE: Here's Jason as Noah with other cast members in action!

Andrew Klasnic as Riley Jensen (Junpei Oribe / Lee Min Ha)

According to the series' official website, filming begins October 21 in Los Angeles. What do you think of the big news?