Kim Yoo-jung scores leading role in Secret Door
Kim Yoo-jung is already something of a budding star despite her young age (she’ll be 15 in a couple months) thanks to a long list of child roles in dramas and movies—recent projects include Gold Rainbow, May Queen, The Moon That Embraces the Sun—and now it looks like she’s moving into primary cast territory with her latest, Secret Door.
She’s landed a plum role in the upcoming sageuk drama, which tells of the father-son strife between King Yeongjo (Han Seok-kyu) and his troubled son Crown Prince Sado (Lee Je-hoon). The reports state that she has confirmed a lead role; to split hairs, I do believe she’ll be A female lead, not THE female lead.
Kim Yoo-jung will play a fictional character (the others are mostly real historical personages) who will clash with another female lead character, Princess Hyegyeong, who is Sado’s wife and the mother of future King Jeongjo. (That offer is out to another former child actress, Park Eun-bin. It’s not yet confirmed but I’m expecting to hear of it any day now.)
Kim Yoo-jung has quite a list of sageuk dramas on her resumé so no worries on that front; those titles include Hwang Jini, Iljimae, Queen Seon-deok, Dong-yi, Gumiho: Revenge of the Fox’s Child, and Kye Baek, as well as Moon/Sun which made her a household name. I have to say that if we’re talking purely acting skill, I don’t think she’s quite at the level of some of her peers like Kim So-hyun, because she hasn’t figured out how to tap into her emotions or dig deep in her roles, but she has a likable energy and has plenty of time to develop. I’m hoping she’ll be up for the challenge, because Secret Door has lined up some outstanding acting talents, and I can’t wait to get them all in a room together.
Secret Door will be a Monday-Tuesday drama premiering in September.
Via TV Report
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