CN Blue’s Lee Jung-shin joins Sword and Flower
I don’t know when it became the sageuk staple to always have a flower boy bodyguard in your cast, but I guess you don’t hear leading ladies complaining about it. Or me. KBS’s upcoming Wednesday-Thursday drama Sword and Flower has secured Uhm Tae-woong and Kim Ok-bin to headline, and the heroine now has herself a devoted admirer in CN Blue’s bassist Lee Jung-shin.
The new drama from Equator Man and White Christmas director Kim Yong-soo and the writer of Mom Is Pretty is a romance thriller that takes place in the Goguryeo era. Kim Ok-bin stars as Princess Mu-young, daughter of King Young-ryu, and Uhm Tae-woong plays the illegitimate son of the man who assassinates the king. The two fall in love, which is severely complicated by the fact that they’re on opposite sides of a coup, a revenge plot, and all the attendant political unrest.
Lee Jung-shin has been cast as Shi-woo, Goguryeo’s best swordsman and bodyguard to the princess. Why the country’s best bodyguard isn’t guarding the king is beyond me, but maybe that’s why he gets himself assassinated? Shi-woo will be nursing a lifelong crush on the princess, of course, because it’s his job to be her shadow and also, there’s just no such thing as a bodyguard in dramaland who doesn’t love the person he/she is guarding. His character is described as charismatic when fighting, but a hopeless romantic when it comes to the princess.
Lee is actually the one member of CN Blue I haven’t seen act, but he was in the insanely popular weekend drama My Daughter Seo-young, and Sword and Flower will be his second outing as an actor. Silent shadow bodyguard with a lifelong unrequited love is usually a good role for rookies — few lines and you get to look cool. He does play a part in the romance though, as his character will eventually step up to oppose Uhm Tae-woong, so let’s hope he’s up to the challenge.
Sword and Flower follows Mandate of Heaven and premieres in July on KBS.
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