Taiwan has officially announced the final casting decision for its military romance drama, known as Taiwan's version of K-drama smash hit, Descendants of the Sun. The new leading man is not the hottie who was previously reported by the media. But, he does have six packs too, just as promised.

Taiwan (officially Republic of China) is producing The Best Choice, a military-themed romance drama that will hopefully inspire and boost morale just like Descendants of the Sun, starring Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Gyo, has contributed in raising positive image for the Korean military forces.

After much speculation, the drama's cast was finally revealed on April 16.

Director Liang Hsiu-Shen admits it took him a month of auditioning to finally decide on his hot leading man, who he believes to perfectly match the desired image and requirements. 

Allen Chen, 32, an actor who had previously served in military police, will play a commander in the fictional special forces squadron. He is a new leading man who has acted in support roles in quite a few dramas. Allen says it's been a few years since his military service, and he is training extra hard now to get into "special forces" shape.

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Popular show host and actress, Yuan Ai-Fei (aka Phoebe Yuan), plays a music teacher who will be romanced by the handsome and manly commander. T-drama fans will be especially interested to know that she was the rich boss' daughter who pursued James Wen in Substitute Princess.

(Phoebe is the one in blue, on the left, at the Substitute Princess press conference.)

The leading couple is dressed in character at the press conference for The Best Choice:

Actor Kao Shan-Feng and actress Ann Wei-Ling will play the second-lead couple, a special forces sergeant and a military photographer.

Director Liang says the drama won't be a remake of Descendants of the Sun. The award-winning director also counters the criticism of insufficient funding, at less than half a million in US dollars for the entire series, for the drama to result in the scale and high quality of K-dramas such as DOTS. Taiwan's military will provide manpower and resources "free" and those valuable contributions aren't figured into the previously reported amount.

The new drama has 16 episodes and filming should be starting in April. It is slated to air in September.

In the meantime, let's re-live DOTS fever with Descendants of the Sun, starring Song Joong Ki, Song Hye Gyo, Kim Ji Won, and Jin Goo:

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Descendants of the Sun

Starring Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Gyo

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