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Yoo Seung-ho gets villainous for Warrior Baek Dong-soo

My interest level in upcoming fusion sageuk Warrior Baek Dong-soo just shot up about a million points with the addition of Yoo Seung-ho, aka Little So Ji-sub, aka Korea’s Little Brother, aka poster boy for the Inappropriate Crushes on Much Younger Men Club.

The Joseon-era drama will feature its martial arts angle prominently, which’ll come into play as the secret group planning the assassination of King Jeongjo clashes with Jeongjo’s team of bodyguards. Yoo Seung-ho will play Yeo-woon, a core member of the secret organization, an assassin who’s a master of swordsmanship, archery, horseback riding, and martial arts.

Interestingly, Yoo was reportedly offered the lead role of Baek Dong-soo but chose to play Yeo-woon instead, and the Dong-soo role has since gone to Ji Chang-wook (Smile Dong-hae, Sons of Sol Pharmacy). It’s a little surprising at first glance because even at 17 years old, Yoo is a much bigger star than 23-year-old Ji, who’s just starting to make his name known. One would automatically expect that Yoo would take the hero’s role and Ji would play second fiddle.

However, according to one source with the drama, the Yeo-woon role is “a character appealing enough to even surpass Baek Dong-soo,” which makes it not unlike Go Hyun-jung’s awesome Mi-shil in Queen Seon-deok. A rep with Yoo’s side said, “Yoo Seung-ho decided that as an actor, the villainous Yeo-woon role would be a big help in expanding his acting range, which is why he chose to take it.”

A male Mi-shil? Yoo Seung-ho playing a sword-wielding, ass-kicking, secret-harboring bad guy? Preferably all scruffed up, shaggy-haired, and wearing lots of black? Yes, yes, YES please! I’m picturing him pulling a Yoo Ah-in as the dark assassin in 2008’s (mediocre, sadly) fusion fighting sageuk Strongest Chil-woo — and I’d like to take this moment to tell y’all that I TOLD YOU SO. You’re welcome.

So, in short: Ji Chang-wook is the noble good guy defending the king, and Yoo Seung-ho is the mysterious baddie plotting to kill him. Two beautiful boys, going at it with swords and fists and all manner of fighting techniques. Yup, this one’s on my list.

Warrior Baek Dong-soo plans to air in July on SBS.


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Via Yonhap News

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This is officially on my to watch list!

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yes! yes! please! i got very tired of good guys...

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ooooo.... another one to add to my growing list of 'to watch'

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i still REALLY wish that Kim Bum took the lead role!
but still. this "moon jae shin" idea is putting this drama on my list too xD

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Question: If YSH is Korea's Little Brother, who is Korea's Little Sister? Is it MGY? Also, what does that make Kim So Hyun?

Or do they have various little brothers and sisters?

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Moon Geun Young had the title for a while, but now that she's growing up, I don't think its quite as appropriate anymore. I would say Nam Ji Hyun is Korean's little sister. And plus Yoo Seung Ho started acting at a much younger age than Kim Soo Hyun. So drama fans have sorta "watched him grow up."

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I think Moon Geun Young's finally transitioned out of Nation's Little Sister to becoming the Natalie Portman of Korea.

The (exceptionally talented) Shim Eun Kyung took over as the Nation's Little Sister. But she's put her acting career on freeze studying in Pittsburg, and derailing bizarre (translation: stoooopid) rumors that she's Seo Taji/Lee Ji Ah's daughter ("Onma, how come you can't act as good as me?")

Nam Ji Hyung is the new candidate for Nation's Little Sister. But I'm sure we'll find out So Ji Sup's secret wife, and mother of Yo Seung Ho. Oh Korea, you entertain me so!

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lol.....you left out the bit about Goo Hye Sun being the reason for Shim Eun Kyung having a broken family (rumors that she was the reason for their break up)

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I think Korea hasn't had a scandal this big for a while that some people are having a little too much fun to think up of big stories like this.

The Seo/Lee story is so big, it's hard to believe. Since it's already so crazy, I think it's now purely entertainment to some people to add on to the story :/

Sadly, it's affecting others (involved or not) in a negative way... :/

MGY kinda left the little sister position (IMO) and went to the far away place of that top A-list group. She's probably not a little sister anymore, but princess now.

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Thanks for the replies! :)

IMHO, some up-and-coming contenders for the 'Little Sister' title are: Seo Shin Ae, Kim Yoo Jung and Kim Sae Ron. All of them are so young, but super talented.

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I see quite a few young actors being called korea's little brother/sister, i think the term is used loosely and not to be taken too seriously. I wouldn't be surprised if won bin's little friend kim saeron will be called korea's ittle sister atleast once in an article.

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Omg. My heart just melted. He is so cute!

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woot! woot!...i like the fact that he's picking a rang.eof careers to spruce up his resume.....this drama is looking better and better

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*range of characters

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also i'm already predicting an onslaught of second lead shippers..heck i'm already torn

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I think he goes for a Bidamish like role - Bidam was the male villain and he spend a lot of time with him - or better a swordman Kim Chun Chu
indeed the route is a lil similar with Mishil's route - however YSH makes subversive plots looking sexy ( I loved him as the naughty lil evil Kim Chun Chu(even he supported the queenie to bits) more than his next role in God of Study
if he and scriptwriters offer me smth even better than in QSD I'm all in (I watched 50 eps of Flames of jailbait just for him)

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"I think he goes for a Bidamish like role"

Me in 2009: POOR BIDAM!!!
Hjkomo in 2011: POOR YEO-WOON *purr*

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I'm getting the buckets ready for this one.

(and ALAS! Poor Bidam!!!)

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After all, if you want to be Little So Ji Sup, you got to DIE like So Ji Sup! Besides every tragic death leads to a new endorsement deal in Japan.

Betcha he winks at the (inappropriately older) girl right before he dies. ;)

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the next on death-row is No Min Woo Monday - but I can see him doing that no matter how old or good(bad) looking is the girl next to him

So Ji Sub is boxing right now - I wonder if Lil SJS is developing the same -choco abs for his new role :D

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Not to worry - Madam Prez/Official Keeper of the Bucket has already stepped up her workout regimen in preparation for the increased demand. :P

I just hope he rocks his Mane of Glory (a la Jung Il Woo), rather than it making him look younger (a la Queen Snoredeok). ;)

Let the gathering of Hellbound commence! :D

P.S. Smart move, young padawan. You learned well under Master Jung's tutelage. There's nothing like being part a masterpiece to help raise your acting aspirations.

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this time twitterverse is way bigger :D
we will be purring in different voices - nice kitty, hor*ykitty and cougar(not-so-kitty)

I wonder if Ji Chang-wook has a chance! I love it that in sageuks they try to bring "la creme du la creme"

In a way I feel a bored Yoo Seung Ho - plssssssssss don't make me put the same faces on the screen!I'll have poor kitten expression wrinkles! He is at the age when things become obsolete pretty fast and he already has more time spent in front of the camera than half of the senior crew, besides he was so sweet in Flames of ambition that I think he got a diabetes himself from the sweetness of Min Jae

on the other hand accomplished careers after a bad boys chars skyrocketed like Cha Seung Won, Kang Dong Won, Park Shi Hoo, KNG, GHJ(MiSHil), some of them made a big debut from being bad Foxy Hunter, Joo Won as Gu MaJun-
YSH can't miss with this coz shallow bad ain't exactly hard even T-ara's EunJung was better as baddie rather than bubbling secretary- and is easier to act-coz yelling and crawling and doing I'm evil faces ain't as hard as - Ship me and my OTP faces
Genius bad and naughty is all I ask from him and writer

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I'll take a tragic mixed up hero/villain over a straight-up villain any day, so I hope this proves true! Good lord, do I really have to add another show to my already extensive list for this summer?! Well, goodbye Life. And friends. And eating and sleeping. Hello 80000 Kdramas!

By the way, I feel so creepy getting all excited about Yoo Seung Ho and I'm not even that much older than him. I can only imagine how guilty you older ladies feel. ;D

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I'm 31... my 11th grade pupils are 18 - one of them looks like him
However I don't think it is hormonal but in a way it is nice to watch him acting- my husband loved his Kim Shun Chu - and for me is just a joy to watch him and yell at at screen "look at his face"- or "look what he did to him/her" - he he is very expressive and he is way more talented than senior cast (he and Shin Eun Kyung - the Hwang Jin Yi/Legend/Bad Boy girl)

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Date of birth: 1993..... YIPES!

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This little angel is winking us straight to hell. ;)

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LOL TRUE that.

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I think the first stop would be jail.

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Y'all are making lol with these comments! He does have that something, that "IT" factor that's making all the ladies go purrrrr.

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O_O Being one of the "official" bucket holder/splasher for my ICOMYM sisters(hehe,you know who you are during the FIYAH/Flame of Ambition), I never once thought of that.."I think the first stop would be jail."....I guess I should start saving $$ for all those bails...LOL

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I'm sure its worth the bail. LOL

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Wow! I must concur that my interest has significantly peaked! I was just meh about it but now I'm kind of really excited. Yoo Seung-ho is a good, young actor and to see him actively choose roles to expand is great. He is adorable plus hot villians are HOT!
Anyways, too much light can lead to skin cancer so everyone could use some darkness once in a while^^

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Oh hell yes!!! Ji Chang Wook and Seungho are enough to get me very excited about this series!! Not to mention the premise sounds very interesting anyway!

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It is also very nice when actors who you would typically put in lead roles accept supporting or villain roles. Like Eugene in Baker King. It is great to see them showcase their versatility and also show they aren't big-headed celebs. ;) Hehe.

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I agree! Plus, I loved Eugene in Baker King. She really stood out :D

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yeah, I am going to watch this. I still wish Kim Bum was in it, him and Yoo Seung-Ho together in a drama would be so awesome.

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Soooo ... no Kim Bum but + Yoo Seung-ho ?! I wasn't going to watch it without Kim Bum but now that this guy's on board I changed my mind again.

I know, I'm shallow. :)

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you're not the only one around :D

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And hopefully , Chang Wook will also blow your mind x)
He's awesome as well trust me !

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I co-sign this comment! =D

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I'm sitting here just hoping this'll be the foe yay version of Yong-ha/Jae-shin. Dreaming~

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Sung Ji-roo and Jun Gwang-ryul are also on board. Wheee.

I don't know man, my heart kind of sank a little when I first learned of Yoo Seung-ho's casting. I don't even hate him. But I am tempted to FF all his scenes in Flames of Ambition (and well, every drama/film he's ever done. -- but I don't hate him... I don't think. Erm.)

I have a deep seated respect for Choi Min-soo, Yeo Jin-gu and Nam Ji-hyun. These three are incredible, and it gives me some hope as to the quality of this show.

Now they should just cast Jung Eun-byul (the only promising actress from that particular age bracket) and maybe Kim Ha-eun and I'll be made. (And hey, it'll finally put an end to the Lee Jiah 'threat'.)

Cast aside, the PDs are OK, OB-GYN was decently done. Ja Myung-go was aesthetically, nicely shot with some fantasy elements, so that aspect's OK.
Now it all rests on the writer.

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why do u even think that he took the villain? I think in the right mood he would FF himself too - however I watched all his scenes but I FFed the other 2 brothers and Na Young sis

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omg this is the best news for the day. My noona crush on Sueng Ho is in happy mode.I can definitely see this having some foe yay

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this kid just doesn't ever stop to take a breather, does he?!!

yay for us!

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SO watching. :D

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Honestly, the two roles should be cast that way, based on the actors' "looks". Having it the other way around would not be as convincing.

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I will forever want him in a drama with Jiyeon
~ that will propably ain't gonna happen (?)
just like Soeul T-T need to stop shipping hard those pairings !

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Yoo Seung-ho -- crushworthy
male mishil -- awesome
bad boy -- hot (admit it, bad boys are pretty hot in dramas!)

can't wait!

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I like both actor, but I totally going cougar with Seung-Ho. I'm so impress with Seung-Ho reason why he chose to be second lead in this drama I totally want to take his innocent because dammit I think it would taste so sweet.

I just wish my husband Ji-Sub would start doing the same soul searching because the drama and movies he chosen to do have left me with "I'm sorry I love You because you are "SUPER GOOD GODIE FINE!

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I refuse to count how many times I've watched the T-ara MV for "It's all Lies" (maybe 2631 give or take a few)

Whenever I think of him from The Way Home turning ------------------------> Flames of Jailbait, I just want to burrow myself into a hole of shame.

But thank you, Korea, for the neverending supply of ICOMYM fresh meat. Not that YSH is fresh, but thank you nevertheless, because I know when YSH relinquishes his title as Nation's Little Bro, another baby-faced kid will be waiting to take it over.

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But keep in mind...shortly after the drama begins, he will be LEGAL! Yup, that's right, Ladies - Jailbait no more! :P

Oh, come on...you know that just put a smile of joy & relief on your face. Don't deny it! ;)

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OMG. cannot wait for this. I hope it comes out better than we expect!!! PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE

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Eeeeeeeeeeee. Chunchu and young Damdeok. I think he can pull this off very well; I loved that scene in Legend where young Damdeok confronted his aunt, although I didn't know at that time that he was Yoo Seung Ho! [Probably the scene that stuck with me most from the entire drama, haha.] I also liked the way he played Chunchu in Seon Deok. Will be looking forward to this!

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But still.. no Kim Bum.. :,c

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Actually in the dramaland elsewhere or movieland elsewhere, taking on a villain role is not necessarily a bad thing...it allows you to stand out more esp if the role is really complex which villains are usually...

I say good try lad....this could be really cool...I love martial arts and hope to see a good korean martial arts drama...

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OMG, Javabeans!
Where can I get that poster?!!

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fantastic!
but i'll be much more happy for nam ji hyun-yoo seung ho pairing.is there any chance for the baddie get the girl?

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s...s...seventeen?

But he looks so much older! DDDD:

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pedo-what? i swear im not drooling over that underaged boy. who am i kidding... im going to hell.

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I am soooo IN. Why does a 17 year old guy look so hot? There's something wrong with this. All of a sudden I wish I was 17 again. *sighs*

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thanks girlfriday for this wonderful piece of news!!!

can't wait for my yoo seung-ho fix! i couldn't bring myself to finish watching Flames of Ambition coz it was just. SO. BAD.

hwaiting!! many noonas are waiting to see you again!! XD

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I always fall for all names beginning with YOO!

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*hop into the Inappropriate Crushes on Much Younger Men Club's bandwagon*

I kind of like when more experience actor considered to take second lead/supporting roles as it will be able to sold the story even better, in the context of plot delivery and such. At least I would not feel the necessary characters due to hair-standing-erk acting imo.

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*unnecessary. Hur.

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Yoo seung go playing a baddie???!!! I am sooooo in!! It will be very interesting to see him play this role and I love that he is expanding his acting to different characters. It proves his versatility and I love that in actors

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Wow this is certainly good news :D I never really liked Yoo Seung Ho out of saqeuk roles

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Damn it!! I saw this news first on Hancinema! And I'm already so hyped!! I love him to pieces, even if I might be considered as a pedophilia, I don't care! Come to noona hottie~
Forget about Kim Bum, this guy is ten thousand times much more droolworthy! wait for 3 more years and he'll be legal! Oh hell yes!

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Yoo Seung Ho indeed a little Ji-Sub even he is soo young (3years younger than me O__O) he looks so mature.. I like his choose in roles.. glad he choose to play the bad guy.. ^__^
So is this a drama?... AWESOME..

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Ow and.. I hope the lead guy get's more leads after this project..
He looks so handsome..a saw his movie "sleeping beauty" he definitely deserves more "great" projects looking forward to see his performance..

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WOW! Is 2011 the year for KDrama? We haven't even started with the batch of May goodies, and now, we already waiting for July dramas. Thank you.

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it's harder to play bad and be great at it...lol

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wow sounds like a nice historical drama to watch with Yoo inside...he's so good in acting..is there any love lines in the story?

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wow how handsome- love from Azerbaijan

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I'm STILL shocked over how mature he looks o.O Seung-ho and Ji Chang-wook are both playing characters of around 20 years old, right? But Seung-ho's 17, and Chang-wook's 23... XP lol

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Although it was months ago...but really Yeo Un character give huge impact to me... really upset when he died n even this is impossible, i really hope there will be sequel of this series..

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So... 6 yrs have passed since this drama aired and I am so glad Seung Ho took this role. It's the only reason I started watching it anyway. That's a very surprising fact for me, actually; YSH being a bigger star than JCW. I always assumed the other way around.
I am also glad that the character is not entirely... um, evil. He's "twisted", in my opinion. I totally get why Yeo Woon is a more desirable character tha Baek Dong Soo (who doesn't love a complicated character, am I right? fun to act, fun to watch) I can't imagine YSH as the main lead, actually. Cuz, come on, he was still a teenager, still cute and small. Baek Dong Su is gruff and tough.
And he didn't plot to kill the main lead. They have the most captivating and complicated bromance out of all the kdramas I've ever seen. I still can't get over how sad the ending is for Yeo Woon. *sobbing*

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