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Seo Joon-young reunites with co-stars in Secret Door

Gah, this cast is so good, and it just keeps getting better. Getting Lee Je-hoon and Han Seok-kyu back together would seem to be the highlight of Secret Door’s casting reunion tour, but then you add Lee Je-hoon’s Bleak Night bestie Seo Joon-young (Unemployed Romance, Sirius) to the mix, and how do you expect me to contain myself when they have scenes together? Please tell me they have the bromance to end all bromances (and heal our hearts in the process).

The upcoming SBS sageuk is a retelling of the tragic father-son strife between Joseon’s King Yeongjo (Han Seok-kyu) and his son Crown Prince Sado (Lee Je-hoon). It’ll be a reinterpretation of Sado as a prince who dreamed of an egalitarian state and suffered under the exacting rule of his father, eventually becoming a casualty of the king’s political power struggle. Seo Joon-young joins the cast as Sado’s friend, a young man who rises above his position in life, who also holds the key to the central mystery.

Seo Joon-young joining the cast basically turns it into a reunionpalooza, because he also co-starred with Han Seok-kyu in Tree With Deep Roots, where he played his son. And he also starred alongside Kim Yoo-jung twice, in Gumiho: Tale of the Fox’s Child and the recent drama special Funeral Singer. I hope they get a loveline in this drama, just for the meta — third time’s the charm?


Bleak Night

While we’re at it, can we see what Park Jung-min is up to? He just wrapped You’re All Surrounded so I’m sure he’s free. That would make my day. I’m just glad Seo Joon-young is playing a friend to Sado, because the Bleak Night friendships still pain me, and I would selfishly love to have an alternaverse in Joseon where these two friends lived happily ever after as bestest friends forever and ever. Wait… THAT’S NOT HOW THIS DRAMA’S GOING TO END, is it? *cries*

Also joining the cast is Park Hyo-joo (Triangle, I Need Romance 3), who replaces Wang Bit-na in the role of a legendary gisaeng. Wang dropped the project citing personal reasons, which is too bad, though I really like Park Hyo-joo and she’s a great fit for the strong charismatic role. She’s a loyal and tenacious leader, trained in the art of sword dance and known for never turning her back on someone in need.

Kim Min-jong has signed on to play an assassin, and we’re still waiting on Park Eun-bin to confirm as the leading lady. With a historical tale so riveting and a cast this awesome, I don’t think it’s a stretch to hope for something great. Well, there goes the lid I was keeping on my expectations.

Secret Door follows Temptation and premieres in September.

Via SBS funE, Osen

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Oh my GOD! That was GOOKIE?

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MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY *MIND=BLOWN*

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I love, love, love this casting news so much because Seo Joon-young is criminally underrated and needs more meaty roles like these. However this Lee Je-hoon and Seo Joon-young reunion is going to be the death of me! My heart is still healing from Ki-tae and Dong-yoon's broken friendship and now this?! We all know this friendship is going to end in the death of Prince Sado and I for one don't think I can live through another of Lee Je-hoon heartbreaking declaration of undying friendship. Oh great now here comes the Bleak Night feels again...

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Criminally underrated is correct! He'll get a leading role one day...one day...

Till then bring on the bromance!

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Man, I was just revisited Funeral Singer when the casting news about Kim Yoo-jung came out and for some reasons took a detour to Dramabeans' reviews for Bleak Night and Surius the other day.

Excuse me while my heart make a sound of squee.

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Oh my God....which one is Gookie among the three handsome boys???

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a love line with Seo Joon Young just cause they're working for the third time? is a no no, just no.. i'm okay with the age gap of Lee Min Ho '93 and Kim Yoo Jung but with him & Lee Je Hoon she's too young.. -_-

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What a great cast. Park Eun Bin needs to confirm asap.

I really want Temptation to be over already so I can watch this, lol. I have been deprived of a good sageuk all year. Don't let me down, show!!!

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Wang Bit Na is out? A bit bummed by that but i think Park Hyo-joo will do fine in the gisaeng role. I wonder how crazy her hair will be.

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Oooh! KYJ and SJY? *pants like excited puppy*

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The casts surely one of the best and star-studded in recent sageuk. Han Seok Kyu, Lee Je Hoon, Park Eun Bin (if confirmed), Kim Yoo Jung, Kim Min Jong, Seo Jun Young, etc. Having only one or two of the leads in any drama will be great, but this drama manage to gather them all. It's heaven. From acting ability alone this drama is a must-watch for me. Now all we need is good story. PLEASE BE GOOD!!

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I've never said this before but this cast is too perfect that I'm starting to worry. What is the writer going to do with this many talents?

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Seo Joonyoung oppa!!! I totally loved him in Sirius. He sure deserves many many roles.

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This is feel so surreal. All the casting is so awesome. Far cry from some of previous saguek by SBS ex. the one that shall not be named.

SJY as the prince still got me every time. He is so loyal to his dad a.k.a King Sejong and when he died or actually when his dad found his cold body. I'm so mess at that time.

Now, if only Jo Jin Woong will be in this drama as the #1 Joseon swordman, the king bodyguard, bestfriend. It will really make this as my saguek drama of the year.

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you mean the one with Ji Sung, Ji Jin Hee and Song Chang Eui? lol

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Lol that hot mess.

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ikr!

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I really can't wait for this. I'm so excited and September feels faaaaar away.

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He was adorable in TTBY and Tree and UR which really was really really bad.
I am glad he can go back to good writing.

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