Queen Seon-deok recast
After an aborted first attempt to cast the role, Lee Yo-won (Bad Love, Surgeon Bong Dal-hee, Fashion 70s) has been announced as MBC’s pick for the titular role in Queen Seon-deok, starring opposite Go Hyun-jung.
Sung Yuri was named first to the meaty role of Shilla’s first queen, but there was enough of a backlash that MBC hastily backtracked and said that Sung was not a final choice.
(Sung Yuri has gotten some props for the improvements in her acting, notably with this year’s Hong Gil Dong, but as was discussed in the comments, this move was a bit like casting Linsday Lohan to play Queen Elizabeth. There was a lot of disappointment and MBC duly noted it. Perhaps a bit of a dick move to drop Sung so quickly, but on the other hand, it’s better than putting the burden of success for a big-budget, high-profile long series on someone the audience dislikes from Day 1, then blaming the potential failure on her.)
I wonder if this casting will likewise spur protests, although I do think Lee Yo-won is the stronger actress. She may have been a mess in the weepie Bad Love, but that could just be the fault of the drama; she seemed fine, if not particularly remarkable, in what I saw of Surgeon Bong Dal-hee.
The drama describes the role as a Shilla-era femme fatale. Queen Seon-deok will begin filming in January and air next April or May.
Via Herald Biz