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Joo-won in contention for Moon That Embraces the Sun

Another up-and-comer is in contention to join MBC’s The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Joo-won, who hit mainstream success last year with Baker King Kim Tak-gu, playing the antagonistic foil to Yoon Shi-yoon’s good-hearted hero. The drama is the fantasy-sageuk romance starring Kim Soo-hyun as a fictional Joseon king, and Han Ga-in as the female shaman he falls in love with.

Joo-won would play a prince who’s the first in line for succession to the throne. And since succession battles are so often the core of sageuk dramas, you know what this means: rivalries and factions and political intrigue ahead. He’s half-brother to the king (and hyung), and falls for the shaman at the same time as his younger bro. Aw, he’s second place with both the crown and love? Is he to remain frustrated and thwarted, Ma-jun-style, all over again?

Brotherly conflict aside, at least he won’t be as hateful as his Baker King counterpart, since he’s described as good-natured and friendly toward his brother. He even makes the effort to appear playboyish, fearing that his influence might cause harm toward little bro. Aw. Tear my heart out already, why don’t you.

I always think of Joo-won as being a youngun, but technically he is older than Kim Soo-hyun, although they’re close enough in age that they might get away with forgoing the hyung-dongseng distinction, if they so chose (Joo-won’s a “late 87” and Kim Soo-hyun’s an early 88, with five months between them.) According to his reps, Joo-won has received the offer and is considering it positively. He’s proceeding with some caution since he’s currently busy filming the weekend drama Okakkyo Brothers, which recently broke the 30% ratings barrier.

The Moon that Embraces the Sun is based on a novel written by the Sungkyunkwan Scandal novelist, and is planning for a January broadcast.

Via Star News

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I thought Ojakkyo doesn't end until January? How will he handle filming for 2 dramas at once?!

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That's what I was thinking....i dont think it will be done in Jan..Joo Won will get sick from exhaustion if he decides to do both

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Don't worry, we will pray for Joo Won will be all right [without sick] and stay strong. Actually, I am sure that he will probably rest for a while before he will be ready for this drama, of course.

*crossing fingers*

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Ah mia Allah--no comments? Really--Joo Won In--you are so beautiful **

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Don't know him, I'm simply still all-happy that Kim Soo-hyun will be in this drama!

That's all I need really. :-)

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then u have to watch the rocking drama ojakkyo brothers and u won't regret it trust me , he is awwwwsome as Tae Hee in this drama and he is doing a great job

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Yippee!! I'm just going through a Joo Won craze right now. I'm totally addicted to baker king !

But I want him to get the girl!!!!

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That show is so addictive, right? Like Lays...

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Lays laced with something illegal :)

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@alualuna: waw! Don't you ever hear Baker King Kim Tak Gu, luna? The drama ratings was the highest in Korea when it airing,,
SoNG Sam Dong and Gu Ma Jun? HMmmm, yummy sageuk! Haha,

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I have heard of it... just didn't watch it yet. (So many dramas to watch....) But seeing that everyone is totally raving about it, I see I'll have to add it to my list of dramas to watch, and to the subsection of watch-sooner-rather-than-later.

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As much as I think that KSH is adorable. And I am really happy that he is finally getting a chance as a lead who is NOT in high school. If JW is cast, it could lead to some serious second lead shipping. Like THATS never happened before! :)

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hee hee. Me too. I'll be totally for Joo Won's character. The last 3 drama's that I've been addicted to, I've been a total second-lead shipper.

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I'm all for JOO WOON even before the show starts , he is toooo cute and his noona is crazy about him right now :)

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If this happens I will DIE from happiness......make this happen Korea!!!!.....still hoping Han Ga In backs out or something....she just doesnt feel right with these two

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same here. it's like me being turned off of Me Too, Flower. it looks so off, eventhough Han Ga In can pull off a younger-looking age than LJA.

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On the bright side, Joo Won does look older for his age and maybe able to pull off a romantic storyline with her...it's her chemistry with Kim Soo Hyun (who IS the lead) that I'm really worried about...we'll see, maybe I'll be proven wrong

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ohhh.. I love Joo Won.. been waiting for his next drama.(aside from Okakkyo brothers)
gonna love this one!!!

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Poor guy. It's a rehash of Majun-style angst without even having the 'vent-by-evil' stress relief.
I always fall for the guys who remain relatively positive despite their circumstances so this is going to break my heart :/

That said, kind of OT, but is O.B. good? I dropped it around episode 16, because I simply could not stand the mother and grandmother duo :(

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it's actually quite good. i've mostly been reading recaps and watching a couple episodes here and there. but joo won and uee's relationship is pretty cute. and the best part, i don't hate the mother, grandma and maknae anymore.

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I agree!
You know those two actresses know a good role when they see it. They haven't failed yet make themselves memorable.

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it's a rocking drama , u shouldn't have stopped watching it , JW and UEE are doing a great job together , I'm at epi 32 now and I didn't miss any epi eventhough sometimes I do some fastforward but I never miss a JW-UEE or the second couple ( TB-SY ) scenes

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He is so good at the rival love, and who says he can't get the girl?

Both he and KSH have done well against the supposed first leads!

SKKS created such a memorable world for me, despite no delivering a palatable ending. I am hoping for the same feeling with the characters, their relationships and a touching love story.

I am also hoping they learned from their mistakes and write the story to the end BEFORE filming.

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I think Kim Soo Hyun WAS the first lead in DH....
Wait...wasn't he!?!?!?

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It was so hard to tell. They didn't follow any of the usual conventions, so we were guessing the entire time.

Usually the rules of a romance are that the audience sees the first lead woman with the first lead before anyone else.
In this show, she met Taecyeon first.
She had her first kiss with Taec, too.

They were tricksey like that.

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I thought they were all sort of equal leads (the six of them)... they just couldn't introduce them all at the same time.

KSH was the best one of course.

Like your "tricksey", Jomo, very gollum-ish. :-)

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Since ep.1 of DH, I've always assumed KSH was the lead of that drama since he was the only experienced actor of the bunch. I was Sam-dong all the way, though they tried to confuse things by adding Taec playing his character in the mix as Hye-mi's childhood friend.

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Or at least keep the ending from the original novel (not that I know how it ends) and not rewrite it like in SKKS.

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he really looks like kang don won

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I love me some Joo Won! Gimme more of him dramaworld! XD

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even the way he talks. it's really reminiscent of the young KDW!

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With both of them in this. I will watch in a heartbeat. They are both so cute!

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I saw on Soompi that Lee Minho is going to be in this Drama too.... But I haven't heard/read anything else about that anywhere else.... Whats that all about? *Argh*

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He is. But it's Lee Min Ho, the younger actor who was in "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" and "Gumiho: Tale of the Fox's Child," and not the 87er Lee Min Ho from "City Hunter" and "Boys Over Flowers."

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And more recently as the young Gye Baek. Gorgeous child.

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That's Lee Hyun Woo not Lee Min Ho. LMH is from Gumiho Child Tales fox

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Oops that's right, he was playing Gye Baek's hyung.
Thanks!

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That's what I thought....

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I'm excited for having for Kim Soo Hyun AND Joo Won together in the same drama, but...if Joo Won's set up for another heartbreak (although I liked his ending in Baker King), I'm not sure if I want him in the role...

That, and Han Ga In? Mehhhhh.... She's pretty and all, but I have a hard time digesting both Joo Won and Han Ga In's acting....

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if this comes true, i will be on cloud 9! i am overly crazy with kim soo hyun and would take anything with him on it. and now, joo won is making me go gaga on ojakgyo brothers. what, with both of them in one screen... *faints*

two good talented, "real" actors!

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Joo Won... I DIE!

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I dont know why ('kay mayb i do, it's the babyface) but I've got such a huge girl-crush on him. I literally start blushing everytime he's on screen while watching ojakgyo brother. Honestly, not exaggerating, I had to pause the drama every now and then, to stop fangirling and actually pay attention to the story.

Joo-won oppa, why so charming?

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OMG OMG OMG. Please let him be in it. Kim Soo Hyun and Joo-won IN THE SAME DRAMA? Like, both of them?! I would die of happiness. And it's THIS drama too, which I was already excited about.

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Kim Soo Hyun and Joo Won!! Oh god.. who to pick now??! Well, I want Joo Won to be the male lead now.

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I hope he gets this role because Ojakkyo Brothers just isn't working out for me because of UEE or whatever her name is.

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Ojakgyo brothers is a good drama, their rating recently broke 30% and uee acting is pretty good too. just try to watch it, It's worth to watch. I am really addicted with this drama right now..

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oh my frig. surplus of eyecandy and talent if this is confirmed. i am IN.

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I am so happy for Joo Won will be able to work with Kim Soo Hyun in this same drama, HOORAY! ^_^

Well....I am bit of concerned about Joo Won's health and he should have to get rest for a few days because he's still currently in this 'soon-to-be' successful drama "Ojakkyo Brothers", of course. I hope he will be fine & stay strong if he will admit to work another new drama..........Isn't it good, eh? Hm? (shrugs) *crossing fingers*

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i've always liked this guy in baker king.
i guess i have a thing for emotionally distressed guys who act all badass but are softies at heart.

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now i have more reason to watch this drama. XD

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omg..first kim soo hyun and now joo won..
any chance goodlooking young actor joining the line up casting? just like sungkyunkwan scandal which had three goodlooking actors, micky yoochun, yoo ah in and song joong ki :-)

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Woooo... Hotness.

I like both Kim Soo Hyun and Joo Won. I think these two are the most promising young actor. Good look with a good acting chop. Both study Theatre and Drama in University.

They both can act goofy and serious at the same time.

BTW, I superlike Joo Won and Uee chemistry in Ojakgyo Brothers. Uee proves that she can act... I kindda like her acting... She's not just one pretty and sexy idol... she can act.. maybe because she's with Joo Won.. Hehe.

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I agree with you, they have chemistry with each other in OB and uee acting is really great. she act naturally.
okey, maybe joo won influance her, but both study at same college and major, in theater and drama sunkyungkwan university..^^

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YES PLEASE.

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aw, i want him to be a lead. that character sounds so pitiful already. kim soo hyun & joo won = nose bleed~

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is it too much to ask if he could take this on too? its so purrrrfect for him .

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I love both Kim Soo Hyun and Joo Won but Han Ga Iin?????

I just know, because of her, I will not watch this drama.

She is couple of years older but worse, she's already someone else wife. I know drama is just a drama but it's kinda distracting to watch her paired with Soo Hyun especially since in his last drama he's playing a (hot) high schooler.

If the lead is Jae Won, Jae Hee, or other 80's actors. I think it still watchable.

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kim soo hyun alone is enough to make me watch this drama... but now joo won is in.. omg.. i'm so gonna watch this.. anticipating this drama alot... and with han ga in, love her in Bad Guy.. so yeah, count me in..

kim soo hyun <3

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Squeeeeeeal!
*Faint*
Omo! Joo-Woon and Kim Soo-Hyun in the same drama? My God!
Can't. Breath. Right. Now.

*fainting again with my widest grin ever*

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The writer seems averse to those typical crazy second leads eh. Will it be like Jae Shin in SKKS again? I hope so, because as much as I find KSH handsome I don't really connect to him in his dramas

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joo won i love you hope u will do well saranghae!!!!!!!!

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