Kim Min-jung to join Jang Hyuk in The Innkeeper
KBS’s new fall historical epic The Innkeeper is busy rolling out the casting offers: First up were Jang Hyuk (Shine or Go Crazy) and Han Chae-ah (Mi-rae’s Choice), who are still considering their headlining roles, and now Kim Min-jung (Gap-dong) is being courted to join them. I’ve never really loved Kim Min-jung in anything, especially when she’s playing that typical naive wide-eyed innocent girl, but here she’s up to play an antagonist, which could be a promising turn.
The Innkeeper is based on a serial novel that ran in the Seoul Shinmun from 1979 to 1982, and tells the stories of tradesmen and merchants in late Joseon. It’s an underdog success story about a poor man (Jang Hyuk) who inherits an inn and eventually becomes a powerful businessman who doesn’t cave to threats, and fights against the shady alliances between government and big business. He never loses sight of his humble beginnings as a peddler even after achieving great success, and eventually shapes the way that industry and business are done in his time. Han Chae-ah is up to play his love interest.
Kim Min-jung has been offered the role of an ambitious woman who becomes ruthless and twisted due to her obsessive love. Because of her greed to have what isn’t hers, she causes herself pain and brings unhappiness to everyone around her. Gee, what a ray of sunshine. In order to gain a man, she ends up becoming a shaman, which she had opposed her entire life.
Once she becomes a shaman, she gains the favor of Empress Myeongseong (wife of King Gojong) and fights with the queen’s relatives for her affection, eventually becoming extremely powerful. It sounds like it’ll be a deliciously evil role as a character who influences royalty, which will directly affect the hero’s struggle to be free of corrupt government forces.
PD Kim Jong-sun of Gwanggaeto the Great and writer Jung Sung-hee of King Geunchogo are at the helm, and The Innkeeper follows Assembly on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning in September.
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