There have been rumblings about Moon Geun-young (Alice in Cheongdam-dong) taking on a new historical drama, and it looks like the deal is shaping up — it’s still in “considering favorably” stages, but if contract signing goes off without a hitch, Moon will star in the new MBC sageuk Goddess of Fire Jung-yi, set to follow Gu Family Book later this year. Guess the network isn’t straying from its tried-and-true Monday sageuk lineup anytime soon.
The 32-episode historical drama will be helmed by the PD of Heading to the Ground and the writer of Warrior Baek Dong-soo (too bad it’s not the other way around, as the directing was the better half of Baek Dong-soo). It takes place in late 16th-century Joseon, and will be based on the life of a real historical figure — ceramic artist Baek Pa-sun, who was the first female potter in Joseon. In the Japanese invasions starting in 1592, communities of potters (among other artisans and craftsmen) were forcibly relocated to Japan in an ongoing war of cultural capital. Baek Pa-sun was among those who were uprooted and forced to continue their craft for the Japanese. The drama will follow her eventful life story.
I’m looking forward to seeing Moon Geun-young back in a serious role, (and her first sageuk in five years since Painter of the Wind). I guess she can’t be entirely blamed for Alice or Mary… but she didn’t do anything outstanding with those roles either. Okay, there wasn’t a lot TO DO. Just count me as one of those people who much prefer her serious, darker roles. I like that the drama is taking on an interesting figure in history, in a story that hasn’t been done to death a million times. The casting call is out for her leading man, so start your fantasy draft picks now.
Goddess of Fire Jung-yi will follow Gu Family Book and premieres in June on MBC.
Via TV Report