Drama Casting & News
Moon Geun-young confirms her sageuk comeback
by | April 15, 2013 | 91 Comments

Moon Geun-young (Alice in Cheongdam-dong) has been attached for some time to the upcoming historical biopic drama Goddess of Fire Jung-yi, but has finally confirmed that she will headline. And it’s looking more and more like her leading man will be Lee Sang-yoon (My Daughter Seo-young), who is still finalizing contract negotiations. I have no idea how he’ll do his movie and then a drama right after, but he’s got some lead time before the summer drama enters production. This will mark Moon’s first sageuk in five years since 2008’s Painter of the Wind, while Lee Sang-yoon was in 2011’s Duo.

The sageuk will tell the dramatic topsy-turvy life story of Baek Pa-sun, the first female potter in 16th century Joseon, who was among the artisans forcibly taken to Japan during the late-16th century Japanese invasions, and made to continue her craft there. I don’t think the drama will be a straight biopic, since I’m sure they’ll take liberties with the story. But her character will be based on that real-life historical figure. Lee Sang-yoon plays her love interest, though there’s not a lot of background given on his character.

The 32-episode sageuk follows Gu Family Book on Monday-Tuesday, and will be helmed by the PD of Heading to the Ground and the writer of Warrior Baek Dong-soo. I have to say, I’m glad Moon Geun-young is taking a break from the lighter roles, even if I have no idea what to expect from a story about a ceramic artist.

Goddess of Fire Jung-yi premieres in July on MBC.

Via Yonhap News, Nocut News


91 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. MsB

    I don’t know her male lead but who cares!! MGY is in it!!

    • 1.1 CL

      Lee Sang Yoon was the male lead from the KBS hit weekend drama, My Daughter Seo Young. He was totally awesome in it.

      (But I can’t believe he is working with the PD from Heading to the Ground again… That drama was horrendous. )

      • 1.1.1 pabo ceo reom


        I think anyone associated with Heading should never advertise the fact. *shudders*

        • blast

          This. LOL

          • Yesha

            I’m soo happy that Moon Geun Young will come back to Sageuk :’) I hope it will sucess ! Fighting Unnie :’D
            Don’t think about your haters unnie .
            Never give up. There will always come a time when things get better. God is always with you and also your Fans Friends and family :’)

            #To hater’s :
            Before you speak, think:
            Is it necessary?
            Is it true? Is it kind?
            Will it hurt anyone?
            Will it improve on the silence?
            #But thank’s for the Negative comments we know that MGY drawn strength by that – comments ^^ God bless ๐Ÿ˜€

    • 1.2 smokeyp

      MGY has been disappointing me lately. Her hiatus caused her acting skills to regress. She also seems to be messing with her face. I hope she redeems herself from the stinker that was Alice in CDG.

      • 1.2.1 liz

        what? she isn’t messing with her face, she just gained some weight… people always complained how ”stick” her legs looked and now now that she finally gained some weight -that makes her cheeks more chubby and her face a little bigger – people say she did something to her face … poor MGY netizens are never happy.

      • 1.2.2 zsa

        yep…hate to disappoint you but she isn’t doing anything to her face…she gained some much needed weight…I hope comments like this won’t turn her into some anorexic….she’s beautiful now

      • 1.2.3 CHANELBOY

        MGY dissapoints me not because her acting skill regress, come on, Alice CDG is just hard-corner script and bad representing, the script for her is just painful to watch and solely the fashion dont do any justice! But not her talent.

        I hope this time she can makes a glitzy come back and show people her acting skill is top notch of course with good script and directing. Dont give me bad star.

  2. Amy

    I’m so happy Moon is back with a sageuk….I love her in a Painter of the Wind. However I’m not of sure how her chemistry will be with LSY. Never saw him in anything yet but their appearance don’t seem to match…I guess we’ll see.

  3. Lilian

    I didn’t like Warrior Baek Dong Soo that much. It was overly dramatic and repetitive. Only watched it for Yoo Seung Ho! =P

    I’ll probably give it a try…

  4. snow_white

    can’t say I’m excited about this drama….

    • 4.1 hmm

      agree. am i the only one who always think that MGY is too young for every character she plays?

      the male lead plays quite good in my daughter seo young but i think he is too old for MGY.

      not too excited actually.

      • 4.1.1 Annie

        He’s only 6 years older…

      • 4.1.2 True2u

        Age really isn’t the factor with MGY. My main problem is that the characters plays SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!! They’re so damn childish it pisses me off. Her character cries endlessly. The ONLY show I LOVED her in was the Movie ” My Little Bride”. And since then tried a few of her dramas and have to drop it because her character was just plain dumb. lol. hahahaaha, her fans are going to have a field day with this comment.

        • Kiara

          I’m glad she is going back to sageuks. Hopefully she’ll redeem herself because every drama after Painter sucked.

          • True2U

            Lets hope so.

        • Roggy

          I loved her character is Cinderella’s Sister too, even though the drama wasn’t up to scratch.

          • eny

            cinderella’s step sisster is the only drama of her that i love,her acting is good but she never get good project

        • Tired of anti fans

          Do not look at her then that’s all, poor man you ^^

        • Tired of anti fans

          You stupid lol

      • 4.1.3 winky

        If IU can be Jo Jung Suk’s love interest (13 years age gap) and Shin Se Kyung, Song Seung Hun’s one (15 years age gap)…Moon Geun Young is turning 27 this year, she’s not a child anymore. She can play with older actors.

      • 4.1.4 Soo Won

        agree! she has to play with younger guys OR with some other heavenly blessed baby-faced one!
        this guy CERTAINLY doesn’t work for her… ๐Ÿ™

        • winky

          Yeah I think Yeo Jin Gu would be perfect for her.

          • HaibaraChristie

            That’s a little too large of an age gap in the opposite direction–that’s at least 10-12 years right there.

            And isn’t that also a tad on the illegal side?

          • winky

            lol, it was just a joke. I just mention his name because of the ridiculousness of some comments in this thread…MGY is turning 27 this year, so there’s no reason why she couldn’t play with older actors. And no offense but she looks her age.

      • 4.1.5 anastassia

        I think she can play with whatever age but I want Kim Jae Wook. They will a blast in chemistry and acting not too fond of the actor mentioned above.

  5. Jenny

    Wasn’t there a requirement that one male lead should be fluent in Japanese. That narrows it down a lot. The only one that I know that is fluent is Kim Jae Wook.
    And I hope that they don’t go the typical drama route and make every single Japanese person (man woman or child) evil like they usually tend to do.
    Otherwise I’m glad MGY is back because this project sounds really interesting.

    • 5.1 Kiara

      I think Lee Jun-ki is fluent in Japanese but I’m hoping he ‘ll take the lead role in Age of Feeling.

  6. mskololia

    Not too thrilled about the topic, but good luck to the cast because I did not appreciate the writing in WBDS so this is a pass for me….

    • 6.1 Kiara

      It started off really well then it went downhill midway but Choi Min Soo was all kinds of awesome.

      • 6.1.1 Trina


  7. Emily

    Here I was hoping that Kim Jae Wook would be cast as the male lead, now that he’s out of the army

    • 7.1 anastassia

      Me too!

  8. Kiara

    I was hoping Kim Ji Hoon would be her leading man. Loved him in his last 2 sageuks, The Iron Empress and Joseon X-files.
    I watched The Duo for Chun Jung Myung but I end up liking Lee Sang-yoon more. He maybe not be my first pick but I know that he is very capable.

    • 8.1 Kiara

      Lol err may not

      • 8.1.1 winky

        No, just no. Jang Geun Suk career’s gone downhill after playing with her and Park Si Hoo *silence* Should I even mention what happened to him? No offense but to me she seems to be bad luck.

        Moreover Kim Ji Hoon has been cast in ‘Goddess of marriage’ with Nam Sang Mi and Lee Sang Woo.

        • Kiara

          Its her fault that she picked sucky projects but its not her fault that her co-stars got into some bad luck. Thats just stupid imo especially what happened with PSH. Thats his own damn fault and has nothing to do with MCY.

          I know KJH has been casted in another drama but his best performance was in a sageuk and so was MGY.

          • winky

            I know, I know it’s his damn fault. I’m just disappointed by both actors’ behaviours. I just pointed my finger at her because coincidentally enough she was their last partner before them going berserk/weird. Sorry for my meanness.

            I disagree on Kim Ji Hoon being best on sageuk. He’s as good in sageuk than he is in modern dramas imo (ex : Love Marriage)

          • Kiara

            I love all his dramas but Joseon X-files stood out for me. Star Falling was not his best drama but I keep going back to rewatch it for some reason. I think its all the cuteness overload in it.

          • Sa

            haha.. i laugh when you mention PSH in mgy thread.. i don’t know why HARD DIE FANS MGY always blame PSH. Iam also fan mgy but i have moreee interest with psh than mgy.


            IF YOU GEUNGEUN SHIPPERS GO AHEAD WITH UR SHIPPERS, WE GEUNSHIN SHIPPERS DONT CARE ANYMORE ABOUT JGS BCOZ PSH does’nt fits with sucks playboy like jgs. she{psh} will get better than him ๐Ÿ˜€

            i hope mgy will success with this drama.
            and get many lucky projects so she no need picked sucky projects like you say :p

            tq hard die fan mgy, bcoz of you i already hate enough moon geun young. she so lovely in MLB but MMM and ACD she does’nt have that power anymore.

        • lalala

          hei lady tinky winky, ur comment like a trash,
          FYI :
          1. JGS pairing with yoona right after being paired with MGY, and he get 2 award on KBS Drama Award 2010(best couple and most favorit actor) for MMM. if u think the stardom of actor increase and decrease bcs of their co star not cs of their skill then u can said that JGS’s career downhill bcs of yoona, he got nothing for love rain (no offence with yoona fans),

          2. Park Shi Hoo being ‘silence’ not bcs of MGY, but bcs of his own fault who has ONE NIGHT STAND with the GIRL he only MET for 1st time and that girl accused him for sexual assault right after he finished his current drama and by chance he play with MGY on Cheondamdong Alice and u said MGY bring him bad luck … woooaaaahhh u are really narrow minded, try to check it at psychiatry.LOL

          • winky

            Hey, chillax. This is just my opinion. No need to get on your high horse. Frankly speaking, KBS/MBC/SBS Drama Awards are a joke, it’s all about popularity not actual acting skills…I do think JGS picked really bad projects after MMM and this tacky attitude that he is proudly displaying nowadays doesn’t make it any better. MMM was a flop : low ratings and even the original writer left the project.

            As for PSH, he is guilty of bad judgement, for sure.

          • eny

            lady winky comment is really unreasonable how can she blame the actress about what happen to her partner it just coincident,
            agree with her comment about drama award is just a joke absolutly agree

        • anastassia

          Oh no. JSG career in acting has go downhill before that even

          • aissmae

            hey! winky MMM maybe low ratings in Korea, but HIGH ratings in different place. And Ratings is not important, what’s important is they ACT WELL and receive lot’s of award, especially Moon Geun Young.

        • Yesha

          Hey will you please watch your words . ! Duhh How can you say that to MGY ? ? FYI people make their own life and that, bad luck is not true >_< It Depends upon a person who hadle their life !

        • hope

          God punished these two actors(Jks and Psh) because of their awful fans. These awful fans criticized, made lots of rumors to pure kind-hearted girl! God knows who is right and wrong. So, Winky plz stop it or you also will punish by God. Mgy, she’s so pure!

          • Sa

            awful fan?? PSH?? punish by god?? pure??

            also not agree with winky and winky please respect others comment about their bias and please watch you words, if you truly psh fan.

            im kinda sick read bad comment about psh from fan mgy but im not pray them will punish by god.
            dont bring psh name in mgy site and also dont bring mgy name in psh site.

            haha.. pure?? are u serious?? if she’s pure, she will not be actress but NUN and don’t know how to kiss passionately, i give her 5star for this. tq

  9. cherkell

    PHEW. Happy to hear this news, because I was SO NOT looking forward to the rumour coming true that the WDBS writer made a ‘love call’ to Ji Chang-wook to take the lead role. As much I’d love to see him in another sageuk, he made such an impression in WDBS that his character is still too fresh in everyone’s minds. Besides, he’s too busy with his musical right now… but like that’s ever stopped actors before from taking on two or three projects at once.

    But Lee Sang-yoon back in a Mane of Glory? Might have to put this on my Watch List just for that. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • 9.1 cherkell

      Argh. Stupid autocorrect on phone: *WBDS* (40 lashes with a wet noodle for me!)

      • 9.1.1 momosan

        Snicker. I think we can all get on the same bandwagon with the writer of WBDS. I don’t think anyone has forgiven them for the ending yet.

        • cherkell

          WORD. That reminds me… the first thing I should do when I get over to Seoul in June is to track down that ‘writer’ person and beat the crap out of her. I’m sure no one will object nor stop me. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • jomo

            Please do.

  10. 10 yukiNYC

    I only know a little bit of history but nothing about Jung-yi. I hope they put in some factual biography of JY.

    It’ll be good to see her act again, she got so few lines of dialong that she could work with in Cheongdamdong Alice.

  11. 11 chace

    Isn’t Lee Sang-Yoon slated to play the role of King Gwanghae? So that means that he’s a sort of patron authority/daddy long legs figure to Moon Geun-Young’s talented potter character. Something in the same vein as Bae Soo-Bin’s King Jeongjo character in Painter of the Wind. Her love interest is likely to be another male character.

    • 11.1 Mini

      I read about this too! I thought there would be a young japanese guy character….

  12. 12 Zareen

    Maybe she will actually do better in this drama in terms of acting. I found her to be pretty stiff in Alice in the few eps I watched before I dropped it.

    • 12.1 fateme.r

      i would say she’s better at sageuks than modern dramas. she’s one of the best actresses (for sageuk) in her generation ๐Ÿ˜›

      • 12.1.1 skelly

        That makes sense to me. I thought she did very well in portraying an artist’s sensibilities in POW, so I actually think she could really go somewhere with portraying a ceramicist. I will at least give it a try.

  13. 13 Danna

    I think he’s pretty decent and I lover her so I’ll be checking this out anyways…I don’t think he’s the main leading man of this show however…because he’s playing her patron of sorts and from what I read her main love interest is supposed to be a Japanese/Korean character….Now I just hope they don’t cast an idol for this….I know I’m beginning to sound redundant but I would love to see Im Joo Hwan with her

    • 13.1 Annie

      He just got cast for a daily drama so he’s not available.

      • 13.1.1 YY

        Ooo what daily drama? I loveeee Im Ju Hwan.

        • Annie

          It’s called ‘Bravo My Life’ – he’s paired up with Kang So Ra.

          • Mini

            crap. I dislike daily dramas. But I’m gonna have to watch this one….

          • YY

            Thanks….so happy he’s back and she’s sweet even though I’ve never seen her act and can’t really see him with anyone except Seo Woo in Tamra lol

  14. 14 Gaeina Lee

    Yayy!! Can’t wait to see them in sageuk. I miss Mr. Dimples already.. ^^

  15. 15 Ilovekimchi

    Yay! Looking forward to this! Go, go, go Moonie!

  16. 16 True2u

    Yeah, this will good on the end of my list to watch. Why? Because Moon Geun-young always seems to pick character that are weak. I cannot stand it. All her roles she seems to play were weak; the character would cry A LOT!!!!! And just plain indecisive. I’m just tired of her playing these roles. I hope she open her eyes and pick a role, where her character don’t take crap from anyone, Not even her love interest.

    • 16.1 Tired of anti fans

      Weak character that is why it has won numerous awards

      • 16.1.1 acejihyo

        i believe the person is referring to the character’s role being weak, not her acting skills (although i’d argue her role in CS/POTW were far from weak).

    • 16.2 anastassia


      The character in POW is the best, strongest ever.

  17. 17 Hko

    Ahhhh I love this actress !! But she brought the jinx to my shi ho oppa ! Lol whenever I remember how funny he was In CA I get tears in my eyes !
    HHOWEVER ! I know this is totally irrelevant but do you know any site that recaps when a man loves ?! I wish you guys kept on recapping it ! I just love SSH ! thanks and pleAse tell me in case you know !

    • 17.1 lalala

      Talking about jinx.

      I think it is the opposite. It should be PSH who brought jinx to MGYโ€™s first comeback drama after 2 years.

      Whatevver PSH does in his personal life HAS nothing to do with MGY at all. What he sows, he reaps. Frankly speaking, my dear, whatever he is guilty or not, I donโ€™t give a hoot.

  18. 18 browncoat_78

    I’m really not feeling the male lead. Disappointing casting for a drama I was really looking forward to.

  19. 19 anneakemi

    Although I love sageuk dramas, the topic of “pottery” doesn’t really excite me right now… especially 32 episodes of it. I’ve actually watched MGY in a lot of her dramas (mainly because I’ve liked the other cast members she acts with) and I think she is a bit overrated (she’s not bad, but not fantastically great either). But, if I had to choose, I’d rather see her in modern dramas rather than sageuk dramas.

  20. 20 jomo

    He definitely looks good in a hanbok
    See The Duo for evidence.
    And the guy’s a genius IRL, isn’t he? Physics major.
    I love him. I think they will match well.

  21. 21 haaruka

    I just hope this time the drama will turns out well. I mean, it’s not like she knows her dramas’ pick gonna be a boom or otherwise. I guess I’m unconsciously pretty much a Moon-biased, but I really want a drama of her to like.

  22. 22 pogo

    I hope this is good, she’s one of the few actresses in her generation who’s actually impressed me in every role I’ve seen her in even when the characters are not all that.

  23. 23 Milly

    Moonie looks too young for her age, while the guy looks too old for his age. They look like father and daughter in those photos up there.

  24. 24 HaibaraChristie

    What happened to having a Japanese speaker?

  25. 25 hapacalgirl

    I thought Lee Sang Yoon was casted to play a character that is more of a daddy long legs to Moon Geun Young and not really her love interest which would be a perfect fit since he gives me that impression visually when paired with MGY. He’s a good actor don’t get me wrong but I cannot picture them as an OTP. My impression from the news is that they haven’t cast her love interest yet. A part of me hopes it it will be kim jae wook because they have proven chemistry and he is fluent in japanese and can act.

    • 25.1 meme

      i think it’s the same. i think that lsy’s character may have feelings for mgy’s character, but i think she has another pairing, as you mentioned. wishing for kjw also!

  26. 26 Opal

    I definitely on for this drama and wish Guk Family can finish soon. No offense to the fans, I tried tonsee 3 episodes (and might give another) shot but so far it is a dissapointment for me.

    MGY is respected by many actors and actresses, she is kind of sunbae for thenothers and the best among the 20s. So, I know she will nail it.

    Other than KJW, I hope they can cast JYJ Yoonchun.

  27. 27 feisty_gal

    Talking about jinx.

    I think it is the opposite. It should be PSH who brought jinx to MGY’s first comeback drama after 2 years.

    Whatevver PSH does in his personal life HAS nothing to do with MGY at all. What he sows, he reaps. Frankly speaking, my dear, whatever he is guilty or not, I don’t give a hoot.

    • 27.1 liz

      thanks to him the possibilities of the drama being sold over other asian countries now are none or very low! They even said they don’t want to buy this drama anymore!

  28. 28 fafa

    he won’t be going to America again here, right? Did notlike him in Duo but I will give him another chance here. MGY is a good actress I think. I hope this drama would help her prove and improve herself!

  29. 29 marilou

    MGY is one of the best actress in Korea and it shows on all the awards she received. All her projects are rating so stop making negative comments. fan from the PHILLIPINES

  30. 30 Tired of anti fans

    Yayyy MGY pali pali !!!!

  31. 31 aissmae

    WHAT HAPPEN TO SHI HO IS NOTHING TO DO WITH MOON GEUN YOUNG. why do you keep accusing her? STOP being so IMMATURE! if you don’t like moonie, you better mind your own life. HATERS GONNA DIE EASILY. period!

    anyway, I’m so Excited bout this Drama ๐Ÿ˜€ we wil support Moon Geun Young whatever happen, becasue she’s THE BEST โ˜บ

  32. 32 ROM

    LOL! whatever MGY! \m/ The best actress of her generation! Fighting! =)

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