Jung Il-woo, Go Sung-hee for Night Watchman
Woohoo, most glorious mane of glory, here we come! Jung Il-woo (Gold Rainbow) has confirmed that he’ll be headlining the new supernatural fusion sageuk The Records of a Night Watchman due out this summer on MBC. I’m pretty sure it’s not enough time for him to grow out his Iljimae hair, but I suppose we can’t have Joseon ghostbusters running around looking exactly like Iljimae–universes would collide. I’ll just be happy he took the role and not be too greedy. In an interesting twist, newbie actress Go Sung-hee (Miss Korea) is in contention to play the leading lady, after debuting just last year.
The new fantasy drama from the producers of Sungkyunkwan Scandal stars Jung Il-woo as a ghost-hunting night watchman with the supernatural ability to see ghosts. Guess a ghost-hunter who can’t see ghosts is kinda ineffectual, now that you mention it. Funny how Lee Jun-ki played Iljimae and then Jung Il-woo did, and then Lee Jun-ki played a ghost-seer in Arang and the Magistrate and now Jung Il-woo’s playing one too. Next year: Joseon Gunman Rides Again.
His character is described as a “bad boy prince” (I’m not sure if the prince moniker is metaphorical, but I’m just going to take it at face value for now) plagued with inner turmoil, who rejects his wealth and honor to live a rebellious life. When he gains the ability to see ghosts, he becomes a night watchman. In ridding the world of ghosty evil, he experiences the citizens’ struggles firsthand, eventually transforming him into a legitimate prince. If he’s a royal I don’t see how that makes him legitimate (in the actual bloodline sense), but early press release character descriptions are so often unhelpfully vague. There’s likely a palace intrigue plot surrounding the illegitimate prince; for now, bad boy night watchman who sees ghosts is good enough for me.
Go Sung-hee is a bit of a surprise for the heroine since she’s relatively new. She debuted in the movie Ethics of Wrath in 2013 and then played Lee Yeon-hee’s beauty pageant rival in Miss Korea. I liked her character in that drama, but the actress didn’t strike me as doing a whole lot with the role; granted, she was a stoic proud sort of character (and very pretty), but I remember wishing more emotion from her overall. Perhaps fantasy action will bring out something different in her. She’s currently considering the role, and we’ll have to wait for more casting announcements to get details on the rest of the ghostbusting posse, including character details on the heroine.
Night Watchman follows Triangle on Mondays and Tuesdays in July.
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