We’re just a month out from the premiere of MBC’s big 51st anniversary drama The Horse Healer, the blockbuster sageuk starring Jo Seung-woo as a Joseon-era horse doctor. It’s certainly a new angle on the medical drama: He starts out treating horses and eventually rises to the highest position in the medical field at the time and becomes the royal physician to the king. Jung Kyeo-woon (History of a Salaryman) will be joining the production for an extended guest spot as a prince.
Jung will be playing crown prince Sohyeon, first son of King Injo, who had a famous life of misfortune. He was held captive by the Qing dynasty after the Manchu invasions that led King Injo to surrender Joseon over to Qing. There, he was influenced by exposure to Western science and religion. When he finally returned to Korea, Dad wasn’t so happy with him for wanting to spread those ideas, and Sohyeon died mysteriously at the young age of 34. His younger brother Hyojong took the throne after their father. In the drama, his character is described as enlightened and wise.
The 50-episode drama is helmed by the team behind Dong Yi and Yi San (writer Kim Yi-young and PD Lee Byung-hoon), and also stars Lee Yo-won, Lee Sang-woo, and Kim So-eun. It’s hard to tell how long Jung Kyeo-woon’s stint in the drama will last, given that his character dies young (Kim So-eun’s princess would be his niece, fourth daughter of King Hyojong), but there’s fifty episodes, so maybe we’ll get some quality princey time for Jung, which would be nice.
The Horse Healer will be a Monday-Tuesday drama following Golden Time, and premieres in October.
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