Interestingly, Han Joo-wan (Joseon Gunman, King’s Family) has turned down a leading role in favor of a supporting one: He was due to headline the KBS weekend drama Bluebird’s House, which is set to follow the network’s current ratings hit What’s With This Family in mid-February. Though he did share the main loveline with Lee Yoon-ji in King’s Family (his first drama, by the way), Bluebird would’ve been his first headlining lead role in a drama.
In a surprise move, he dropped the weekender in favor of a supporting role in Hwajeong (or Splendid Politics), the MBC sageuk starring Cha Seung-won (You’re All Surrounded) and Lee Yeon-hee (Miss Korea). It’s not a move that upsets me in the least, since I like Han Joo-wan in historical dramas, and felt like he was underutilized at times in Joseon Gunman (though he did have his moments of second-lead glory). I’m just curious what the reasoning was, because taking Bluebird would’ve primed him to become a go-to leading man on KBS weekend shows; perhaps he’d rather have a small part in a project he’s excited about?
Hwajeong is the historical drama that retells Prince Gwanghae’s story with Gwanghae as the central villain — Cha Seung-won plays a dark version of the illegitimate prince who usurped the throne and ousted the legitimate heirs from the palace (the usual interpretation is to make Gwanghae the hero, a la Seo In-gook in King’s Face).
Lee Yeon-hee will play Princess Jeongmyeong, Gwanghae’s half-sister who gets banished from the palace and plots revenge on behalf of her family’s rightful line of rule. She shares a loveline with Seo Kang-joon (What’s With This Family), and Lee Sung-min (Misaeng) also co-stars. We’re not told much about Han Joo-wan’s role other than it being “important,” but what character description would call someone unimportant to the story? If he’s going to be important, can HE have a romance with Lee Yeon-hee then? She’s a princess; she should have multiple suitors, amirite?
Bluebird’s House is now on the lookout for a new leading man, and follows What’s With This Family in February. Hwajeong will air on Mondays and Tuesdays following Shine or Go Crazy this spring.
Via Star News
- News bites: December 27, 2014
- Seo Kang-joon up for first lead role romancing Lee Yeon-hee
- Cha Seung-won courted to join Lee Yeon-hee in MBC sageuk
- Lee Yeon-hee up for historical palace melodrama
- Joseon Gunman: Episode 1
- Oh Snap! Joseon finger guns
- More second lead stills from Joseon Gunman
- New star Han Joo-wan cast in Joseon Gunman
- King’s Family: An overview
- King’s Family: An introduction