King’s Face: Shin Sung-rok in, Seo Joon-young out?
Here’s the thing, I don’t know whether one actor is replacing the other or if Shin Sung-rok (Trot Lovers, You From Another Star) is just joining the upcoming KBS fusion historical drama The King’s Face, but when you cast Seo Joon-young (Secret Door) as your face-reading fortuneteller, say he’s confirmed, and then cast Shin Sung-rok for that very same role, I’m going to raise an eyebrow and ask what happened to Seo Joon-young. Because you can’t kill him off before he even makes it onscreen!
I won’t rule out the possibility that they’re both in the drama, since they could just be mixing up the various characters in the press releases, and there are no stories about Seo Joon-young dropping the series. On the other hand, it’s not unheard of for a show to just quietly recast a role and hope no one noticed. I NOTICED.
Okay, I do actually like Shin Sung-rok, so I have no beef about this casting in that respect — he’s really versatile and though this is his first historical series, I’m sure he’ll be a really fun face reader. I just wonder how he plans to be in two places at once, since he’s also starring in tvN’s Liar Game, which premieres next week. Time travel? Evil clone? Would explain how he plays both devilish sociopaths and sweet goofy nice guys.
The series stars Seo In-gook (High School King of Savvy) as Prince Gwanghae and tells the story of his transition from an illegitimate prince to a king, with the help of a face reader. Lee Sung-jae plays his father King Seonjo, and Jo Yoon-hee plays the woman that all three men — king, prince, and face reader — love.
Despite plagiarism controversy and injunctions filed against them by the production company behind The Face Reader, the movie that spawned the basic premise, the show has begun shooting this week. Seo In-gook even sustained an injury while practicing a stunt (he took a fist to the eye), and is currently being treated. It isn’t so serious that it’ll affect the filming schedule, so the show will go on. For a show that just barely started rolling cameras, it sure has a lot of backstage drama under its belt, I’ll give it that.
The King’s Face follows Iron Man on Wednesdays and Thursdays in November.
- Masks, blindfolds, and betrayal in Liar Game
- Seo Joon-young joins King’s Face as face-reading fortuneteller
- Seo In-gook and Jo Yoon-hee confirm King’s Face
- KBS full steam ahead with King’s Face, casts Jo Yoon-hee to star
- Face Reader producers file injunction against KBS for King’s Face
- Seo In-gook courted to headline King’s Face
- Trot Lovers: Episode 1
- You From Another Star: Episode 1
- The Face Reader heads to the small screen for drama adaptation