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Jo Jung-seok and Jung Jae-young cast to hunt down Hyun Bin
by | July 3, 2013 | 38 Comments

Hyun Bin’s army comeback project has finally started casting other people, which is a relief. I know we missed him and all, but my love does not extend to one-man plays. The Joseon-era sageuk is called The King’s Wrath, and stars Hyun Bin as King Jeong-jo, at the height of political discord during his reign in the late 18th century. Hot-streak star Jo Jung-seok (You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin) and go-to movie badass Jung Jae-young (I Am a Murderer) have joined the cast as a pair of assassins sent to kill the king.

It sounds like more of an action thriller than I was expecting, which is just fine by me. I’d rather see the king fight off assassins than give good speeches, though I fully expect some of those as well. Jung Jae-young plays a killer who goes undercover in the palace in order to get close to the king, but when he gets to know him, Jeong-jo actually inspires him so much that he starts to waver in his mission. That’s a really interesting conflict, and I already love the potential assassin-turned-loyal-soldier bromantic explosion waiting to happen.

It’s not a surprising turn, given that this is PD Lee Jae-kyu’s big screen debut, he of The King 2 Hearts’ heartwarming and soul-tugging king-and-soldier friendship (between Lee Seung-gi and Jo Jung-seok). I’m excited about his first film, and now more so because of the setup. Jo Jung-seok will be reuniting with the director, but this time he’ll be playing the other assassin — the badass mofo who’s trained for nothing but killing. But… look at that face. Is that the face of a killer?

So with one assassin’s loyalty wavering and another sent in Terminator-style, the king will have to decide whom to trust. Jung Eun-chae (Nobody’s Daughter Hae-woo) has also signed on to play an assassin’s first love. We don’t know which one, and I kind of hope it stays a mystery, if the romance has anything to do with the king’s survival.

The King’s Wrath starts shooting in August for a 2014 release.

Via Sports Hankook, Star News


38 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. cv

    Yesssss! Can’t wait. Interesting storyline so far.

  2. dewaanifordrama

    Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! I think I am so happy I have no words to really articulate it! This sounds oh so fabulous!

  3. snow_white

    Hyun Bin and Jo Jung Suk….in one movie!!!! Yayyy..

    • 3.1 KDaddict

      Ya, really! I was going to say the exact same thing!

      Now if these two could appear in 1 drama together, I wouldn’t ask for another thing that year!

      But, no pic of Hyunnnn BBBBBBin?

  4. Kiara

    Whoa Jung Jae-young is one Fine actor. Loved him in “Devine Weapon” etc etc etc. Cant he do just one drama in his lifetime? /pout.

    I’m excited for this because I know that he will be so damn awesome in it. Hyun Bin take some notes :p.

    • 4.1 Kiara

      Epic fail at spelling. “Divine Weapon”

    • 4.2 True2U

      Agreed. Jung Jae-young really is a fine actor, Seriously I’ve seen most if not all his works. Loved him especially in “Going By The Book” what a seriously hilarious movie. Also loved him in “Divine Weapon, Cast Away, Glove”.

      Now I just wish he would do a drama, I’m tired of only watching him in a hour and a half flick.

      • 4.2.1 Kiara

        Lucky you, I cant find some of his old movies online :(. “Going By The Book” was at Dramacrazy but I kept putting off watching it and now I’m screwed. /cry

      • 4.2.2 dorisp

        yap….first time I’ve seen Jung Jae Young in “Going by the Book” and that movie is definitely hilarious and has become one of my fave….still found my self smiling remembering some scenes from it….and now am off hunting those other movies you’ve mentioned….

    • 4.3 trotwood

      I LOVE Hyun Bin (I was afraid they would not let me into Korea because I kept giggling whenever he showed up in that advert they show at customs), but to have him paired up in a bromance with Jung Jae-Young?!?!?!? It’s like the director went into my subconcious to find something that I didn’t know I wanted. I’m not just excited for the movie but any character shots or BTS footage.

  5. Arhazivory

    I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year. I want to remember this next year!!!!

    • 5.1 amy

      get over yourself!

  6. Raine

    JJS OPPA! Yes, that’s right. You work your hot streak!

  7. raindrops1

    I really like the cast and the story sounds compelling.

  8. Newbie

    I am happy with the casting of the guys, not so sure about Jung Eun-chae though. Only know her from Nobody’s Daughter Haewon and she didn’t convince me in this movie at all. :/

  9. Cam

    DAEBAAAAK…!!! 😀 Looking forward to this!


  10. 10 Danna

    YAYYYYYYYYY! Jo Jung Seok with Binnie! This is soooo awesome

  11. 11 Christina

    Jo Jung Seok and Hyun Bin onscreen together might be more than I can handle. Guess I’ll have to tough it out.

  12. 12 crazedlu

    yes. action. i’m in.

  13. 13 Mystisith

    GF quoting my favorite movie and I’m giggling stupidly. Yes, all the ingredients (cast and story) are here for a nice movie. “Trust me.” ^^

  14. 14 chaloner

    Jo Jung-seok must be really busy. I don’t know how he can do two projects at the same time.

  15. 15 kemistry

    whoever has not fallen in love with Jung Jae young yet needs to watch cast away on the moon & someone special. Lol.

  16. 16 valleydale

    This does sound like a great pairing. I’m a huge Binnie fan, and counted the months while he was away in the army. I have to say, though, that I’m a bit frustrated with how long we have to wait before seeing him in an actual comeback role. He’ll essentially have been out of the acting world for over four years by then. The occasional CF just ain’t gonna cut it for the Binnie starved. Pout.

  17. 17 ChanChan

    I Must be the only one here who doesn’t particulary love HB , i mean i watched evey thing he has done so far , and it only left me with a meeeh ! * i’m going to hide in the hole now xD*

    But will watch it for awesome JJY and Hot-streak JJS.

    • 17.1 Kiara

      You are not alone but I understand why he is well loved. He is not bad in the look or acting department. I prefer the other Bin “The Man From Nowhere”.

  18. 18 ck1Oz

    Forget about waiting for this movie,I’ll die to volunteer to be staff for this movie.Just to stare at them in between scenes.

  19. 19 bebeswtz

    You had me at JO JUNG SEOK <3

  20. 20 Swirlydoodle

    I really need to keep a list somewhere of the movies I need to remember to watch when they come out. It will be interesting to see JJS as an antagonist. Bring on the bromance!

  21. 21 ilikemangos

    “..a killer who goes undercover in the palace in order to get close to the king, but when he gets to know him, Jeong-jo actually inspires him so much that he starts to waver in his mission. ”

    So basically Tree with Deep Roots except with alot more heart. Something about that plot just gets so excited and ready for some emotional investment.
    I’m sure this show is going to be gorgeous, as K2H was. K2H was one of those few shows that remained solid in camerawork/cinematography and was so beautiful until the very end, unlike some shows that look so gorgeous in the beginning and then start to lose the magic as the story progresses.
    I do wish jo jung seok could instead play the assassin who starts to waver in his mission cause he’d act that character out to a tee. He’s so good at playing the loyal bodyguard/soldier/brother/friend/etc..
    I remember watching an episode of Happy Together and IU saying that the best advice Jo Jung Seok gave her was something along the lines of: whatever scene you act out, act with sincerity and heart. No wonder he does earnest so darn well. I still can’t see him as a coldblooded assassin but i can see how this role would challenge him since it’s a role he hasn’t done before.

  22. 22 mary

    Sounds like that old movie with Jet Li…? Hero?

    The last scene was him facing a rain of arrows because he decided not to kill the Emperor. (I think)

    Let’s hope JJS gets a better ending.

    • 22.1 amy

      yeah! I want the king get killed in the end.its gonna be awesome!

  23. 23 Mia

    Yay!!! Jo Jung seok!!! I love watching him act 😀

  24. 24 Anonymous

    Maybe Ha Ji Won can be in the movie too,so it will be a reunion with HB and JJS. Even a cameo role will be epic.

    • 24.1 kumon

      that would be perfect! i vote for a cameo role of HJW 🙂

    • 24.2 hjw

      I’m sure the many Hyun Bin-Ha Ji Won shippers out there are reveling in the fact that HB’s first project after his military stint is a movie filled to the brink with people from HJW’s latest drama!

  25. 25 Littlehearts

    Hyun bin:) woo hoo:) AND jo jungseok!!! Wow:) though i agree with u… Jo jungseok… Assasin??? Now that definitely is something to think about. Doesn’t matter anyways:) who cares about the role??? I like him whatever he does. And hyun bin… Gah… Love him:)

  26. 26 Doonala

    oh god, why do i feel Jo Jung-seok will be killed again T.T i can’t be heart broken again

  27. 27 LT

    “Is that the face of a killer?”, i want to say the same sentences.
    but in another world, jo jung seok say: “trust me” hahaha.
    let see how jo jung seok acting in that drama.

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