Chun Jung-myung to take on his first sageuk?
Everyone’s favorite baby-faced man-boy Chun Jung-myung (Cinderella’s Sister, What’s Up Fox) is looking at his next project…a sageuk? Historical dramas aren’t his usual fare, but it’d be his first, so I’m all for uncharted waters. Thankfully, it’s a fusion sageuk, so there’s bound to be enough cheekiness to go around.
The drama is MBC’s upcoming [짝패] meaning “pair, duo, companion” a la The Marx Brothers, or Bonnie and Clyde. Until they come up with an official English title, I’m going with The Duo. Hm. Sounds like a Western, huh?
The fusion sageuk is a Joseon-era tale of two men, one born noble and the other born a slave…who get switched at birth and live each other’s lives. Has potential, depending of course on how far off the deep end they go with the melodramatics. I enjoyed this basic setup in East of Eden, for instance. That is…until they beat that dead horse into a pulp, fed it to a NEW horse, then beat THAT one till it died.
If cast, Chun Jung-myung would play the character of noble birth, living as a slave. PD Im Tae-woo (Air City) was careful to say that nothing has been finalized, especially on the heels of the rumor that Han He-jin (Jejoongwon, Terroir) would star as the love interest for both men, which got squashed.
I don’t know if babyface is going to pull off looking anything other than…baby-faced in sageuk garb, but I have faith that he’s got the acting chops to pull it off. I just hope they don’t make him in any way whiny or pathetic, as his Cinderella’s Sister character still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Personally, I’m in the mood for something different, so perhaps this’ll shape up to be a nice change of pace in 2011.
The Duo is set to follow Birdie Buddy, which is set to follow Queen of Reversals. Except Queen of Reversals refuses to end. Hey, you’re holding up the line!
Via Star News
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