Kim Tae-hee considers sageuk film The Throne
It hasn’t been long since she wrapped filming on her last drama series, but Kim Tae-hee is looking at a film project for her next role, with reports that she’s been offered the lead in a sageuk movie called The Throne: A Noble Man’s Path (a working title). According to a source with her management company, she found the script interesting and is positively considering the project.
Set in the Joseon era, the film centers around King Seongjong, his politician father-in-law, his son, and (naturally, for a sageuk) a conspiracy plot. Seongjong was Joseon’s ninth king, grandson to Sejo and father of Yeonsangun, and reigned in the 15th century until his death in 1494. The role out to Kim Tae-hee is of the woman he falls for at a glance, described merely as a beautiful and charismatic woman. Which, duh, I figured when you offered the role to Kim Tae-hee.
That’s all we’ve got to go on thus far, so any guessing about the movie will be purely that — guessing. Based on the period films that have been doing well in recent years, though, I’d expect something a little dark, a little suspenseful, and very stylish — something along the lines of Gwanghae, the Man Who Became King or King’s Wrath or Royal Tailor. Good thing for the film industry that Korea had so many kings, since we won’t be running out of assassination, backstabbing, and political coup storylines for a long while yet.
Overall, Kim Tae-hee has had better luck with dramas than with her film projects; the horse-racing movie Grand Prix back in 2010 was her last one, and she’s stuck to television since. Not a bad decision, especially with Yong-pal putting in an impressive ratings turn this year and earning her praise for improvements on the acting front. I didn’t love her last sageuk performance in 2013’s Jang Ok-jung, Live By Love, but I did like the harder edge and stronger backbone she found for Yong-pal, so maybe this movie will make good use of her recent progress.
Kim has yet to make a decision on The Throne: A Noble Man’s Path, which is still in early planning stages.
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