Yeon Woo-jin goes up against Lee Seung-gi in Compatibility
I like how this movie’s cast is shaping up: Yeon Woo-jin (Divorce Lawyer in Love, Marriage Not Dating) is the latest addition to the upcoming fusion sageuk Compatibility, the fortune-telling royal romance starring Shim Eun-kyung (Cantabile Tomorrow) and Lee Seung-gi (You’re All Surrounded).
The film is the second in a trilogy from Jupiter Films following The Face Reader, which was about a fortuneteller who reads faces and inadvertently influences a political coup. Compatibility is about gung-hab, or the practice of reading a couple’s fortunes for their potential marital compatibility, and in the movie the practice will determine who gets to marry a princess. Directing is Hong Chang-pyo, who was the assistant director on Le Grand Chef and Portrait of a Beauty.
Shim Eun-kyung plays the princess who disagrees with the common practice of having her father select a husband based on compatibility fortunes, and sneaks out of the palace in an effort to find love on her own terms. Lee Seung-gi is the geeenius royal fortuneteller who is tasked with finding her the perfect husband, and will have to match her fate against four potential marriage candidates. And fall in love with her in the process, I’m guessing, which is quite the pickle.
Yeon Woo-jin has been cast to play the antagonist who gets in the leads’ way, though there isn’t much detail on whether he’s a romantic rival, a political one, or just a scary mofo who comes after them. Remember how scary he was in Arang and the Magistrate?
I do love it when he plays the villain (okay, so I like it when he plays the nice guy, or the haughty guy, or any guy really). He went straight from his last drama Divorce Lawyer in Love to the set of the sageuk comedy Kim Seon-dal with Yoo Seung-ho, where he plays a king. Reports say that Yeon has participated in a script reading for Compatibility, and is in final negotiations to sign on.
Compatibility plans to begin shoots later this year.
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