Jilly Jie, yup, there are two series. Paper Rose is the upcoming one that Ariel is cutting her hair for, and Rui Jia is set for the male lead right now. (I’ll be sad if they take it away from him before he gets to prove himself, but oh man, Mike and Ariel would be soo amazing *sniffle* It doesn’t look likely though, after that last article :-\ unless the producers can convince Ariel’s manager that they’ll be very cautious about media coverage and protecting Mike and Ariel.
Eh, looks like Jerry is currently being considered as the main guy lead, Ren, in Skip Beat. There are really two male leads, but Ren is more prominent. (The manga isn’t finished yet). Ariel would be playing Kyoko, a 16-year-old girl (who doesn’t act like a typical 16 year old) out for revenge against her former crush, Sho (maybe Joe, but unlikely?), and Jerry would be playing Ren, who’s 20/very mature, etc. In Skip Beat, Kyoko’s and Ren’s roles are acting within acting (the characters are actors). Sho is a singer. Kyoko goes into the e-world to get revenge on Sho, who used her to make it big in the music world, and then she meets Ren and eventually develops feelings for him. It’s one of the best mangas ever, and I’m looking forward to Ariel taking part in it (if she decides to), but I am *really* worried about the two male leads (especially Ren) and the other female lead. They have to be really good.
Paper Rose is about a girl who is in love with a guy who is trying to follow his dream to become a rock star. Then, the guy leaves (actually, I thought he dies), and the girl is devastated. She decides to follow through with the guy’s dream to become a rock star and cuts off her hair and sets off, even though she has no music industry knowledge. So, Ariel would have short hair in both series… but eh, I’m a little nervous about Skip Beat, because Kyoko actually *bleaches* her hair. Ehehe, I want to see Ariel’s haircut, but not bleached! *blanches*
Pics of Joe, Ariel and Jiro in Korea! (credit to baidu – not allowed to repost, so here’s the link):