Kim Dong-wook and Lee Yi-kyung join Maids as flower boy noblemen
Lee Yi-kyung, Lee Shi-ah, Kim Dong-wook
Now that the Joseon-era upstairs-downstairs drama Maids has secured its servants in leads Oh Ji-ho (Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo-young) and Jung Yumi (Mother’s Garden), it’s time to cast the noblemen. Kim Dong-wook (The Concubine, Dandelion Family) has chosen the show as his army comeback project; he’ll play the pretty flower-boy-next-door type who rivals Oh Ji-ho for Jung Yumi’s affections, and rising young actor Lee Yi-kyung (You’re All Surrounded, You From Another Star) is set to play a bad boy rebel.
The new JTBC Monday-Tuesday show is described as a historical drama with a modern sensibility, about the Joseon-era fast set and their servants. It stars Jung Yumi as a pampered nobleman’s daughter who was so pretty that she had her own fan club of admirers. But one day tragedy befalls her family and she ends up a slave, and has to adjust to life as a maidservant. Oh Ji-ho, by contrast, is an undercover slave — he’s a warrior on special assignment who harbors an enormous secret.
Kim Dong-wook has been cast to play the most popular young master in the capital city — a young nobleman with a promising future, an important family, a stellar academic record, a warrior’s skills, and a pretty face. He’s considered selfish by some, but has a painful past that no one knows about. He only has eyes for Jung Yumi, and will end up rivals with Oh Ji-ho to win her love.
Lee Yi-kyung and newbie actress Lee Shi-ah (she played Rain’s dead girlfriend in She’s So Lovable) play a troublesome brother-sister pair. Lee Shi-ah and Jung Yumi used to be frenemies who were always rivals to be the prettiest and most popular young lady in their social circle; following Jung Yumi’s fall from the aristocracy, she ends up as Lee Shi-ah’s maid. Geez, even Cinderella didn’t have to pick up after her mean girl frenemy. Their rivalry will continue well into their new social arrangement, and Lee Shi-ah’s jealousy will only grow.
Her oppa will be played by Lee Yi-kyung, and he’ll be the rebellious playboy who’s a constant disappointment to his family. He keeps failing civil service examinations and doing nothing with his life, and feels stress from always being compared to Kim Dong-wook’s perfect model student. He’s a playboy who goes in and out of gibangs even though he’s married, and causes trouble wherever he goes. I don’t know what to expect from the tone of this drama, but the characters sound promising, and I’m happy to see Kim Dong-wook back.
Maids follows Yoo-na’s Street on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning December 1.
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