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Lee Yeon-hee up for historical palace melodrama

With Dae Jang Geum 2 dead in the water (Or is it? Will MBC ever let Dae Jang Geum die?) the network is scooping up Lee Yeon-hee (Miss Korea) to headline their next historical drama, called Splendid Politics. It’s funny how a few years ago, this would’ve been reason enough for me not to watch this drama, but after Gu Family Book and Miss Korea, Lee Yeon-hee has turned over a new leaf and now I actually look forward to her projects.

The new MBC fantasy historical melodrama is set in Joseon, during the reigns of King Seonjo and Gwanghaegun. Er, they do know that’s the same story over on KBS with The King’s Face, right? I get that Gwanghae is popular, but sometimes I’m like, There are 26 others to choose from in one dynasty! In this drama, the twist is that illegitimate son Gwanghae is the villain of the story, and the legitimate heirs of Seonjo are the wronged protagonists.

Lee Yeon-hee has been cast as Princess Jeongmyeong, sister of Seonjo’s (late-born) legitimate heir, Grand Prince Yeongchang. He’s only two years old at the time when Seonjo has to pass the regency to one of his heirs knowing that he’s about to die, and thus the throne ultimately goes to Gwanghae. The political factions are split amongst the heirs, and after failing in an attempt to usurp Gwanghae with his older brother, they try again with Yeongchang, who ends up exiled and then murdered.

As a result, the rightful queen and her daughter, Princess Jeongmyeong, get ousted from the palace to live as commoners and fall to slave status. The drama will follow the princess’s tragic life, which must make the title ironic — politics is what destroyed her family as factions pitted royals against one another leading to their successive deaths.

What I don’t know is why it’s called a fantasy drama, since nothing in the description sounds remotely fantastical. I’d actually rather they do a straight sageuk, since The King’s Face is already doing the fusion angle on the same time period. Directing is PD Kim Sang-ho of Arang and the Magistrate, When a Man Loves, and Can You Hear My Heart. Writing is Kim Yi-young of classic sageuks Dong Yi and Yi San, and also Horse Doctor.

Splendid Politics will follow Shine or Go Crazy (which comes after Pride and Prejudice), so that puts the premiere sometime in the spring.

Via Osen

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Sounds like a meaty role for one who was only a year ago garnered groans from all around with her casting announcement. What a turn-around. Yes, she was that fabulous in Miss Korea.

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LYH was better in MK than many other actresses who have received plaudits for their acting.

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I wonder if Choi Jin Hyuk is able to film back to back dramas or pull double duty?

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I wonder if Choi Jinhyuk has ever rest since his daddy gumiho. Also for Joo Won.. What are they ate to keep kicking?

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*eating

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Eels.

Or garlic. (according to WGM ㅋㅋㅋㅋ)

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hahaaha..
I like Olla's appa~ Damn SoEun so lucky....

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I wish but I think he's enlisting after Pride and Prejudice. :(

I wonder who they'll cast as Gwanghae. If it's a prominent role, I want Jung Il Woo. He's better than The Night Watchman and it'd be great to see him in a villainous role.

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I agree that JIW is better than the night watchman but I can't see him as Gwanghae either. Humm maybe something else?

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Nah he'll be in army by then i guess

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I wonder if he's ever going to enlist in the army...

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Though it would be nice for them to vary the political backdrop, at least its from a new perspective? Then again, a lot of supposedly female-centric narratives end up being about the guy (God's Gift comes to mind in particular). At any rate it seems interesting. Does this mean her love interest will be a commoner? Oh I hope they cast Song Jong-ho; I want to see him in more sageuk. Maybe the male lead is where the fusion angle comes in?

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I've never really thought of Lee Yeon Hee as that bad of an actress. Maybe I've just seen too many dramas led by really bad idol-actresses. It's all about perspective. lol

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My thoughts! She has this naturally likeable thing about her...

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I watched entire roster of SM young actresses in their most recent dramas-Lee Yeon Hee in Miss Korea, Go Ara in Replay 1994 and YAAS, Yoona in PMAI,Sooyoung in My Spring Day and Jung So Min in Big Man and they all improved by leaps and bounds. I don`t know if company collectively sent them to acting classes or they just matured as performers but they really showed great progress and a lot of potential.

Hopefully this is a new chance for Lee Yeon Hee to grow as an actress.

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True you said that.

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The first four girls definitely improved......but Jung So Min was a noted talent to begin with, if anything SM has not been getting her the lead roles she deserves (they save that for their idol actresses/almost idol actresses it seems).

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True, I noticed this, too. There must be something in the water over at SM for them to all improve at around the same time. :))

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maybe MBC will ask Jang Nara to save Dae Jang Geum 2 for them she already stepped up to do the same with Mr Back..and the chinese loved Dae Jang Geum and JN so instant sale..lol..do not think so

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Ahahahaha -_- Let JN rest after MB

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Tsk, here's another sageuk treating Gwanghae-gun as a villain.

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While I enjoyed Dong Yi from this writer, I cannot say the same about Horse Doctor, which I discontinued watching early on.

You just never know, I suppose.

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Horse Doctor was worse than watching paint dry. And this is coming from me, a Saguek lover.

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