Kim Joo-hyuk returns to television
Actor Kim Joo-hyuk will be making his big return to the small screen for the first time in four years, after 2008’s Terroir. He’s been a leading man fixture in Chungmuro for a while, but lately he’s also been making fairly regular appearances on variety show Running Man, where he’s proven to be hilarious, sensitive, and kind of a whiny manchild. (He has this pouty face coupled with a really silly-sounding upper register that’s really incongruous and cracks me up.)
He’ll be returning in MBC’s special presentation historical drama Soldier, about a Goryeo-era slave-turned-soldier who ends up ruling the nation at a time when military dictatorship turned the tide. The era spans sixty years when military power reigned instead of the traditional line of kings, and then one man, Kim In-joon, a slave by birth, rises to the seat of power. It’ll be Kim’s first sageuk series, but variety appearances aside, he’s always played strong men with gravitas, so it shouldn’t be a stretch for him as an actor.
Kim Joo-hyuk said, “Through the character of Kim In-joon who goes from slave to powerful ruler of a nation, I want to feel the pain of that era, and in that, I want to show the wide range of that person’s emotions.” It sounds potentially bloody, violent, and awesome. Too bad it’s not on cable.
Soldier airs on MBC early next year.
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