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Three Musketeers (and prince) in poster and stills
by | July 31, 2014 | 28 Comments

So, I can’t give you any new news about tvN’s upcoming blockbuster action drama Three Musketeers, just stills. But they’re pretty stills! So have at ‘em.

(I will contend that the main poster, above, is perhaps the least attractive of the bunch, but everything else has that slick, flashy veneer and fast-moving action energy, so I suppose I’ll give the poster a pass. Even though it’s your main poster! Could you maybe try not to look like the cover of a straight-to-video release from the ’80s? You know, the kind where the lips don’t match the sound?)

One nice accomplishment of this production is to make it look both badass and flower-boy-pretty. Though when you cast Lee Jin-wook and Jung Yong-hwa as your leads, maybe that was just gonna be a given. Yang Dong-geun is more badass than flower boy, but his rough-n-ready charm should balance out with newcomer Jung Hae-in’s boyishness.

I’m eager to see what this drama does to meld Joseon history with the classic story, though honestly I don’t need it to hew too closely to the Dumas tale; the premise alone is strong enough to build a drama on. And I know I sure am up for a saucy summer swashbuckler, so let’s hope Three Musketeers delivers when it premieres in another couple weeks; its first episode will air on August 17. All for one, and all for love one for all!

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28 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Faye

    Does anyone else think they all look a little . . .constipated in that first pic? Just kidding. They’re staring VERY intensely.

    This looks fun, but I love the books so much it will be hard for a show to measure up (I’ve never liked any of the American movies).

    • 1.1 Telzey

      My first thought was that he had indigestion. A little bit intense expression, yes? And sorry, but that black hat with the square buckle or whatever looks like he got it from a pilgrim. And although his gold brocade robe is impressive, the pale turquoise and purple one looks like a Disney princess costume. But that other guy with the off-white costume (sorry I don’t know his name) I really like that one. They should all have something like that. And if they don’t have a hat, they get to show off a mane of glory, so it’s all good.

    • 1.2 Kiara

      I don’t think it will have anything to do with the books. I’m guessing that the story is based on the 2nd Manchu invasion. A turbulent period in history with plenty of internal/external conflicts and a patriotic Crown Prince with his own dreams in the mix to spice things up.
      I love this writer and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us viewers.

  2. panda

    LEE JIN-WOOK! LEE JIN-WOOK!! LEE JIN-WOOK!!!

  3. Quiet Thought

    I want to throw an apple at that woman in the green hanbok and knock that ridiculous wig off her head.

    The woman in the red and black outfit, on the other hand, can probably call on all the powers of dark sorcery if I make her angry.

    • 3.1 geese

      rofl….that was really funny…throw an apple and sorcery…
      wouldn’t it me more funny it that would really happen in the show…
      i could hardly imagine it….lol

    • 3.2 Kiara

      I don’t know what to make of her acting. Her face hardly moves so I hope she’ll lay off the botox for this show.

  4. Rossi

    I thought Young Hwa was a woman in the poster =/

    Am hoping this to be awesome because it’s the Nine/QIHM/Coffee House team and I fangirl that team HARD!…more so than I fangirl any of these actors.

    • 4.1 Wag_a_Muffin

      Phew! So it wasn’t just me. (If you showed me the poster and asked, “who is in this?” I wouldn’t be able to tell you.) And I am looking forward to this. (They should let Fanderay do the posters–seriously!)

    • 4.2 skez

      thats coz he be cuuute

  5. Because of Reasons

    I definitely enjoy the pretty, but from the teasers so far it’s Yang Dong-geun that’s intriguing me the most. It was this shot from the teasers that got me: http://i1192.photobucket.com/albums/aa324/girlfridaydb/news/2014/Musketeers12.jpg make me really interested in his characters. I immediately thought, yeah, I want to watch this to find out more about that character, because he looks like he’s going to be awesome.

  6. maripaz

    I almost didn’t want to scroll through the pictures (I thought this was Night Watchman for a second when I clicked on it) because Jung Yong Hwa has basically scared me off with his vacant portrayal in You’re Beautiful, but boy am I glad I did because Lee Jin Wook is Super Hot!!! Seeing picture after picture of his beautiful face is a nice way to end my night.

    : )
    Kamsahamnida!

  7. Wwtgl

    Ehm, lol at the first poster. It reminds me of the old Chinese Kung Fu movies. But, LJW is a treat.

  8. Uj

    Really really really looking forward to this drama!!! this is going to be my sanguek drama after “Josean Gunman” ends 😢

  9. RyeBlossom

    This may sound strange, but I finally get a feeling that there’s a story behind the pictures.
    Yonghwa looks like he might be able to pull off a fighter/warrior character.

    Good :)
    I’ll look forward to it! ^_^

  10. 10 lil

    I think it’s actually Three Musketeers + farmboy, but whatever. It’s weird I haven’t seen any guns in a show about musketeers, which in turn is based on a book about swordsmen/gunmen.

    Is it weird I’m more excited for Milady and Richelieu than any of the heroes?

    • 10.1 Quiet Thought

      France first developed a professional army in the 15th Century, and by the mid-17th they had “royal” or “kings” units of mustketeers, pikeman, and various kinds of cavalry. However, the muskets these professional soldiers used were bulky and crude to load and fire–about like the muskets the kings soldiers are using in ‘Joseon Gunman’, so they were pretty useless for gadding about town or any sort of private quarrel or brawl. Hence, the kiind of fights you see in an rolicking adventure story are going to resolved with small-swords, knives, fists, and, very rarely, a blunderbuss or pistol.

      • 10.1.1 lil

        Then they should have retitled the drama to Three Swordsmen or something as I see no muskets in the poster. I get your point about muskets being slow to load. However, the original French Musketeers of the Guard were named thus because they were an elite military group who specialized in muskets. You can’t just slap on “Musketeers” as part of the title and not use muskets in your promo material. Perhaps they make an appearance on the show?

        Maybe I’m being a bit nitpicky. I’m a fan of Dumas so I get twitchy whenever adaptations get it wrong.

        P.S. I think the gunmen in Joseon gunmen use rifles, but I’m not sure.

        • 10.1.1.1 Quiet Thought

          The hired gunmen in ‘Joseon Gunman’ all use single-shot bolt action Mauser rifles, made in Germany and probably purchased in Japan, where they were standard issue for the Meji Restoration army. The king’s musketeers in ‘Joseon Gunman’ are using an ancient design of match-lock that the Europeans gave up on back three hundred years previously. That was the price Joseon paid for its policy of isolation from outside cultures.

          All film versions of ‘The Three Musketeers’ are based on the classic novel written by Alexander Dumas around 1844 and it is his fault that almost no one shoots any guns during the story. He based his novel on lines from another novel written in 1700, a copy of which he found in a public library in Marseilles, France.

          In any event, the ‘Musketeers of the Guard’ were a real elite military unit, one made up entirely of ‘gentlemen’ soliders, and they were the kind of fellows who settled all their personal disputes by dueling with swords.

          • 10.1.1.1.1 lil

            True, all of this. I was just surprised at the complete absence of guns because, well, they are musketeers. Chuno, which was set set in the 1600s (or was that the 1700s?), featured slaves who took revenge on their masters using matchlocks. The action was masterfully directed, and I wondered if it couldn’t be replicated here. After all, the trailer did feature some battle scenes. I always imagined the original musketeers to be carrying guns during the siege of La Rochelle. But yeah, they did spend most of the novel swaggering around in swords.

          • 10.1.1.1.2 Kiara

            The time line for this show should be around 1620-40ish. It’s exactly the same timeline as Chuno. General Song Tae-ha played by Oh Ji-ho was one of Crown Prince Sohyeon trusted people while he was serving in Qing.

            So instead of slave hunters we have musketeers with just swords.

          • 10.1.1.1.3 Quiet Thought

            “So instead of slave hunters we have musketeers with just swords.”

            A good example of class distinction! The royal musketeers are gentlemen of quality living in the royal capital in a society where gentleman carried swords and dueled a lot. Save-hunters are peasant or worse than peasants. They carry whatever tools get the job done.

  11. 11 Riya

    Lee Jin Wook is legit sexy. That’s all.

    Sidenote: Red lady with the hoodie is giving me strong shadow-baby-maker Melisandre from GoT vibes.

    • 11.1 Crazynoona

      ur right, she does look like the red witch!

  12. 12 Crazynoona

    Man…Gong Hyo Jin is one lucky lady.

    • 12.1 coby

      IKR.. sigh

  13. 13 Kiara

    I’ve learn not to get too excited about promos. A kickass poster doesn’t mean much. This team has an excellent reputation for quality projects so I’m all in.

  14. 14 Quiet Thought

    I’m still looking for a Three Musketeers movie that has product placement for a Three Musketeers candy bar. If anyone could do it, a Krama could.

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