At long last, we have a confirmation for Hyun Bin’s first post-army project. He’ll be taking on his first sageuk, a film called The King’s Wrath. He plays the titular king — Jeong-jo, 22nd king of Joseon and one of dramaland’s favorite figures (Yi San, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Painter of the Wind, Warrior Baek Dong-soo and so on). It’s strange to think that Hyun Bin hasn’t ever been in a sageuk, but he should have no problems carrying a weighty role.
He’ll be playing a young King Jeong-jo, who comes into power at the height of political discord between Noron and Soron factions. The title, yeok-rin, is a reference to the scales on a dragon’s chest that grow upside-down. It’s a shorthand to mean You touch, you die, and a symbol of a monarch’s anger. In this story it’ll represent Jeong-jo’s state of mind, in having to protect the throne in the midst of the Noron/Soron battle for power.
Directing is PD Lee Jae-kyu of Damo, The King 2 Hearts, and Beethoven Virus. It’ll be his big screen debut, and one I’m looking forward to. There’s not a lot of other plot information, but it’s a familiar historical stage so I think we can expect a taut political thriller, and basically a chance for Hyun Bin to spread his Serious Actor wings.
It’ll be a while till we can actually SEE Hyun Bin onscreen though — The King’s Wrath is aiming for a 2014 premiere. That’s long enough that he could pop out a drama before this hits theaters. Just sayin’ drama gods. Just sayin’.
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