Drama Casting & News
Uhm Tae-woong headlines new drama
by | October 24, 2012 | 71 Comments

Dramaland just doesn’t feel complete without an Uhm Tae-woong drama in the works, does it? Some reports say he’s confirmed, while others say he’s still considering the project, but it’s a new historical drama set to air next year, called Yi Sun-shin’s Unauthorized Biography. I was going to call it Yi Sun-shin: Apocrypha, which is closer to the literal title (like an uncanonical text) but that sounded So Serious. It’s basically saying they’re going to take a famous historical figure and take some liberties with the story, but uh… isn’t that what all dramas do?

The sageuk will focus on the life of the famous Joseon Admiral Yi Sun-shin, naval commander and national hero, he of the turtle ships and the Battle of Myeongnyang, where he defeated the Japanese with 13 ships against some 300-odd. He’s probably the most famous and beloved war hero in Korean history, and a venerated military strategist. Uhm will play the title role, which isn’t weird if you know him by his films and dramas: Gravitas, check. Charisma, check. Sageuk experience, check.

But now that we know him via his variety persona on 1 Night 2 Days, every time I take a mental picture of Tae-woong in that Yi Sun-shin helmet with his leg propped up on the side of a boat, I just laugh. Plus, Yi Sun-shin is famous for being undefeated in his military career, and well, Tae-woong kinda loses at everything. Hee. I know once the drama kicks in he’ll be great, but right now all I can think about is him suffering and complaining on that tiny fishing boat. So un-commander-of-turtle-ship-like.

The drama will be written by Park Jin-woo, of Conspiracy in the Court. Ooooohhh… suddenly very interested. And directing is PD Jin Hyuk, of City Hunter. Okay, now I’m REALLY interested. Pretty much sold. And they weren’t kidding around about the uncanonical story, because the drama is going to presuppose that Admiral Yi didn’t die at the battle of Noryang, and went on to set up a military defense agency to control the world’s seas. What?? You mean he faked his own death to start some black ops military agency in the Joseon era? Okay, this is hysterical. The story will follow him as he sets out on his quest to build a kingdom on the seas, and he’ll even find love along the way. Badass.

Yi Sun-shin won’t air for a while — it’s set to follow Kim Tae-hee’s sageuk Jang Ok-jung, so that puts the premiere sometime in June, on SBS.

Via Star News


71 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Danna

    Ok, this sounds really interesting….especially the part about the writer and the director..lol…its too bad we haven’t very many proper (good) sageuks this year…of the non fantasy variety that is….also I think I know why Uhm Tae Woong isn’t married yet…I mean how could he when he works like a maniac

    • 1.1 Ann

      Exactly. He’s working on a new movie, too!

    • 1.2 jєѕѕα™ 주원사랑 (@jung_kYro)

      he should start looking for a girlfriend..he’s not getting any younger..LOL!

      • 1.2.1 nonski

        no need, he’s mine. 🙂

      • 1.2.2 Kim Yoonmi

        Haha, per Jae Hee Oppa, he might be secretly married with a child… Haha.

        • d

          no way, he is so goofy with women

          • Ann


    • 1.3 DaDa

      He’s married to his work. Hehe.

      • 1.3.1 Kiara

        …..and his dogs. True story lol.

        • whimsicalnet

          i thought it was apples (according to one 2D1N episode)… kekeke.

          • Gaeina Lee

            Yes, and they have lots of baby apples already…

          • jєѕѕα™ 주원사랑 (@jung_kYro)

            HAHA! i remembered him saying that. The APPLES!!!

    • 1.4 D

      and has fury kids..

    • 1.5 Bashful82

      I think that so far we’ve have some pretty good sageuks – Queen Insu (LOVE – but sadly unsubbed) and now we have The Horse Doctor, The Great King’s Dream and the Last Seet. Hehe – sageuk heaven.

      But def can’t wait to see UTW in a sageuk again. I want him to team up with Ji Jin Hee for a bad-arse duo.

  2. TheJu


    I am so excited! 🙂

  3. cutieblue

    Uhm Tae Woong is my ultimate ajusshi bias! This sounds daebak!! 😀

    • 3.1 mud

      Pretty much the same over here. Him, Ha Jung-woo and Gong Yoo. I would combust if they did anything together.

      • 3.1.1 ~Feather~

        Don’t get me started! 🙂
        I wouldn’t even be able to handle it if they were on the same screen for a minute, let alone an entire drama/movie. I’d prefer drama though. 16hours > 2 hours

  4. jedi

    Yup, hysterical ^^`

  5. Y.


    Ok, so now I’m not sure if I’m happy because school will be almost over, or sad/mad because it’s that far away from now oTL

  6. Shiku

    I don’t think he will ever out-act Kim Myung Min’s version of Yi Sun Shin. I don’t think anyone can.

    • 6.1 Kiara

      Yes Kim Myung Min was awesome. I wish this wasn’t a remake to be honest but hey Admiral Yi deserves his story to be told more than once.

    • 6.2 racheose

      yeah i watched that it was probably my first proper sageuk and he was so amazing in it… to be honest i haven’t watched any um tae woong yet since i am still green in kdramas but i like the idea of yi soon shin not dying because i remember after watching kim’s version i had dreams that he somehow lived… oh and the weird thing is my mom opened the tv right now and i saw dubbed equator man on our local channel hahaha

      • 6.2.1 ds

        which country>?

  7. Noemi

    ohhh, sounds good! but June is just so far away!

  8. Arhasivory

    I read about this earlier. Then read about the actual gu who sounds bloody awesome: 13 ships defeat 300! Its a story I’d love to see portrayed and my best bumbling, bad math brain who laughs good naturedly actor is in it. And! I love sageuks.

    I’m watching.

  9. girlatsea

    Omg, I have had Conspiracy in the Court – Director’s Cut 720p and WITHS2 soft subs just sitting in my external waiting for me since forever…One of these days (I hope).

    2013 is looking pretty great on the drama front. Cannot wait.

    • 9.1 mtoh

      Loved it! 8 eps of that drama was better then 20-80 eps of other segeuks.

  10. 10 rawr89

    Wow 1N2D really put him on the map. And here I thought Seunggi gained the most out of 1N2D.

    • 10.1 Minnetter (aka: Min)

      nah I think he was pretty big before 1N2D in korea

    • 10.2 Shikurai17

      Uhm Tae-wong is an A list star before being on 1N2D. When people heard he was joining 1N2D, people were like “Why is such a big actor joining a variety show?” Even members of 1N2D couldn’t believe it.

  11. 11 IzOcha

    So excited. Waterworld with Uhm Tae-woong! Sorry, its the first reference I thought of, based on the ruler of the seas gambit.

    Uhm Tae-woong surely has found a delicious epic.

  12. 12 callie

    I think Uhm Tae Woong has acted as Admiral Yi Sun Shin in Queen Seon Dok before. So I think he’s quite familiar with the actual history. Haha. I hope he comes back to dramaland soon! =D

    • 12.1 X5

      he was Kim Yushin in QSD. i think it’s not the same (?)

      • 12.1.1 Robs

        You are correct. Kim Yushin was from Shilla, Yi Sun-shin was from the later Joseon era.

    • 12.2 Shikurai17

      Kim Yushin and Yi Shunshin are two completely different people. Kim Yushin (QSD) was from the Silla dynasty and Yi Shunshin is from the more “recent” Joseon Dynasty. Joseon happened about 1500 yrs after Silla.

  13. 13 mtoh

    Uhuhu, Conspiracy on the court, one of the best segeuks I have ever watched, Uhm TW which I respect the most…WIN WIN!
    I’m so glad he’s back…, 2013. looks promising!

  14. 14 jєѕѕα™ 주원사랑 (@jung_kYro)

    Uhm-Force strikes again!

    Why so busy Tae Woong? HA!

  15. 15 Cindy

    Awwww~ I’d love to see Tae-woong in a new drama!
    but I don’t think I can take him seriously anymore after all that 1n2d dose, what should I do???? get a brainwash or something? Someone help me!!!

    • 15.1 dsd

      exactly, he is so adorakble on 2d

  16. 16 DaDa

    Excited about this news until I read that it won’t start until June 2012 :-/

    They should switch his drama date with Kim Tae Hee’s, I’d rather see UTW first.

    • 16.1 DaDa

      Whoopsy I mean June 2013

  17. 17 whimsyful

    Uhm Tae-woong? Writer from Conspiracy in the Court? PD from City Hunter? SOLD.

    I just wish it wasn’t a saeguk. And that it comes out sooner.

  18. 18 Tha

    I’m in! Uhm Tae Woong in anything or nothing at all….I’m all in.

  19. 19 Kiara

    Admiral Yi is one of my favorite sageuk but dang it was 104 episodes. All these remakes havent been as good or as successful as their original.

    I love Uhm Tae Woong but his first debut sageuk, Kim Yushin in QSD wasnt as memorable as I’ve hoped. I hope this drama will be better for him. I have faith in the writer, “Conspiracy in the Court” was a great drama.

    • 19.1 D

      52 weekends of Uhm Force? wow…..

      • 19.1.1 Kiara

        Yea but it was worth it.

  20. 20 katiamon

    Yei, fighting uhm-force!!!! I know he’s a total dork in real life and has dog feet but i like him sooooo much ^-^…. And he’s a great actor so Uhm oppa FTW!!!!!!!

  21. 21 Gaeina Lee

    UTW in sageuk on June… What a perfect bday gift, Tae woong darling… Thank you! ^^

  22. 22 saltandpepper

    I have a question….is it necessary to mention your source while writing a blog??

    • 22.1 D

      I think you asked this before in a different post not sure if it’s answered or not, but yes of course. if you wants the reasons explained, just google it, ok?

      .. tho i did wonder why you’ve to ask in the first place

      • 22.1.1 saltandpepper

        haha….actually i have read so many blogs and they always mention it…so was just curious about it 😀

  23. 23 fangirl98

    UTW – he’s my drama crush!! His bumbling and goofy persona on 1N2D sealed the deal. I’ll be looking forward UTW being back in dramaland in 2013.

  24. 24 Htagged

    Omg! I think I need this to air soon….June is so far away…..

  25. 25 bishbash

    Suddenly Jack Sparrow springs up in my mind. Uhm Tae-Woong oppa doing a Jack Sparrow will be very. interesting.

  26. 26 Kerii

    yay I can never get enough of Tae-wong oppa <3<3<3

    he's mine! I'll fight for him 😉

  27. 27 kakashi

    June?!? holy cow, that’s almost like saying “in our next life”

  28. 28 MsB

    YEEESSSS!!!!! As a new fan, I am excited!!!!

  29. 29 sd

    this drama only airing in june 2013. seems pretty long time…….

  30. 30 browncoat_78

    I am so THERE (or should I say on board). First Yushin now Sunshin. UTW is the man!

  31. 31 redfox

    director of City Hunter. oh my. am I gonna crap my pants from the thrill again. well not literally. but I am afraid I will be a wreck of nerves again.

  32. 32 Crazyjnx

    If its PD is of City Hunter, then I expect some nice action scenes – please please don’t give us crap like slow-modes in Faith. It kills the epic ness of sageuk n wuxia fighting!

  33. 33 JO

    eugh. I don’t like my sagueks to be really out there. That’s why even though this year seems to have caught the saguek virus, I have barely watched anything. Moon hugging sun whatever was gross and made me die from it’s dumb story and the sagueks out right now are in the early goryeo periods which I don’t particularly enjoy…I loved the Yi Soon Shin sageuk with Kim Myung Min! And I loved where the saguek genre was going with chuno, princess’ man, and tree with deep roots. WHERE DID THE GOOD STUFF GOOOO
    a little overdramatic here.

    • 33.1 Kiara

      There are no sageuks on early Goryeo. Both Faith and Great Seer are based on late Goryeo history.

  34. 34 chocopie83

    btw has he gone to army yet? 🙂 dumb question, but please spare me :p

    • 34.1 BBB

      Yes, he did his military service.

      For future reference, any male between 18 to 30-year-old has to enlist. Since he’s already 39 (Korean age), it’s safe to say he’s already been in the army.

  35. 35 Song Harin

    omg! yay! him in a saguek = awesome! I wonder who his leading lady will be since there is going to be romance……..so excited! ^_^

  36. 36 hair there everywhere

    I hope they give him a decent hairstyle. His hair in Equator Man was ridiculous. Please, hairstylists, stop giving the actors such ridiculous hairstyles.

    Other than that, looking forward to it! 😀

  37. 37 SHi

    But seagull means uhm force’s delicious muscles will be hidden under all that costume, no tight fitting outfits.

  38. 38 willow85

    does anybody know what network is picking up this tv series?

  39. 39 Jace

    Hmm…interesting, but can it or will it beat Kim Myung Min’s The Immortal Yi Soon Shin, which aired back in 2004?

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