Yoo Yeon-seok up for Joseon caper opposite Lee Seon-kyun
Wait, wait, I get to see Yoo Yeon-seok (Warm and Cozy) and Lee Seon-kyun (A Hard Day) on my screen at the same time? But where will I look? When Lee Seon-kyun was first announced for the manhwa adaptation King’s Case Files, about a king and his sidekick solving crimes together, I was picturing a comical buddy cop sidekick type, not someone so… pretty. Well, it’s not like there’s a rule that says sidekicks can’t be hot, right?
The new movie from director Moon Hyun-sung (Korea/As One) is an adaptation of a sleuthy crime caper manhwa by Heo Yoon-mi. It’s based on King Yejong of Joseon, an 18-year-old king who — in the comic — hops over the palace wall to solve mysteries, aided by his royal historian. It looks like a super cute bromancey teen detective series, and I wish it were being made into a drama.
They’re clearly aging the characters up for the movie, but since they match one another, I don’t mind at all. Lee Seon-kyun is confirmed to play the king, and Yoo Yeon-seok is considering an offer to play the scholar sidekick, who in the manhwa gets nicknamed “Carp Poop” because he goes everywhere the king goes like a carp trails its poop behind it. He sounds like the worrywart type who’s driven crazy by the king’s insistence on moonlighting as a detective, like a classic Holmes-Watson duo with a royal twist.
Some stories say that Joo Jin-mo is up to play the villain, but it’s only a brief mention and hasn’t been reported on extensively, so I’d take that with a grain of salt. I hope Yoo Yeon-seok signs on, because I really like the premise and the idea of him dogging Lee Seon-kyun’s footsteps as they get themselves into trouble (and also save the day, I’m sure).
King’s Case Files plans to shoot in April 2016, which means we have to wait forever to see this bromance in action. BAH.
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