DRAMA CASTING & NEWS
Yoon Kyun-sang in talks to headline Rebel Hong Gil-dong
This is only a slight possibility, but there’s talk of Yoon Kyun-sang (Doctors, Six Flying Dragons) being offered the leading role in MBC’s new fusion sageuk Rebel Hong Gil-dong. Yoon reportedly took a meeting with PD Kim Jin-man (Kill Me, Heal Me) about the drama, but when news broke that he was offered the title role—MBC said he was considering the part of Hong Gil-dong—Yoon’s reps issued a statement saying that there have been no official offers yet. So… what’s it going to take to make it official?
It’s not clear who’s officially out of the running, but offers have been given to Namgoong Min (Beautiful Gong Shim) and Ji Sung (Entertainer), and Yoon Kyun-sang is the third name to pop up in the mix for the leading role. There’s a chance that any number of them will be cast in supporting roles instead (I wouldn’t mind all three of them in one drama, if I’m being greedy), but I do remember this sort of thing happening with this PD’s last drama Kill Me, Heal Me, over the course of multiple casting rounds with potential actors, so maybe he’s just really picky about his leads.
Rebel Hong Gil-dong will be a fusion sageuk that retells the story of famous Joseon folk hero Hong Gil-dong. Set during the reign of tyrannical king Yeonsangun, the drama will portray Hong Gil-dong as a revolutionary activist who fights for the people against the social class system.
Kim Sang-joong (Jingbirok, Bad Guys) is considering the role of Hong Gil-dong’s father, a nobleman who never acknowledged his illegitimate son, and was the root of Hong Gil-dong’s famous line about being unable to call his father his father and his brother his brother. Honey Lee (Come Back, Ajusshi) is up to play the king’s consort Jang No-suk, a famous historical femme fatale who was the only confidante to a mad king. In the drama she’ll be torn between the king and her first love whom she never forgot, Hong Gil-dong.
If Yoon Kyun-sang does get cast, it will be his first starring role four years after his debut (as one of the Woodalchi warriors in Faith). But he’s done well with supporting characters and had a high-profile role in SBS’s Six Flying Dragons, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he nabbed a leading part at this point. On top of his recent drama successes, he’s also bromancing it up with Eric and Seo-jinnie on Three Meals a Day, which of course only makes me like him more. I don’t know about the rebel part, but I can see Yoon Kyun-sang fitting the hero image to a tee.
Rebel Hong Gil-dong is scheduled to follow Night Light (which comes after Woman With a Suitcase) on Mondays and Tuesdays in January.
Yoon Kyun-sang, Chae Soo-bin sign on for Rebel Hong Gil-dong
Yoon Kyun-sang (Doctors) has signed on to play the legendary Joseon folk hero Hong Gil-dong, and Chae Soo-bin (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) will play his leading lady. It’ll be the first time that either of them is headlining a drama, but they’re both solid actors who have proven their weight as supporting players in sageuk (Six Flying Dragons, Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) and contemporary dramas as well.
Yoon Kyun-sang will play Hong Gil-dong, the leader of a smuggling ring who “knows the arts, knows women, knows laughter, and knows loyalty.” He has no interest in the political world of his father, and only needs nature and his horses to be happy. Clearly things will change to make him take an interest in what’s happening to the people of his nation, for him to rise up and take a stand.
Chae Soo-bin has been cast as a young widower who was rescued by Hong Gil-dong. She grows up into a young woman filled with revenge in her heart, and she dreams of the day when she can lure the king into bed and stab him to avenge the death of her husband. For her revenge she’ll even outdo Joseon’s famous femme fatale Jang No-suk, King Yeonsangun’s consort, played by Honey Lee (Come Back, Ajusshi). Lee will play the sole confidante to a mad king who stakes her whole life on him, but she’s never forgotten her first love, Hong Gil-dong.