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Hyun-woo added to Jackpot as King Gyeongjong

Aw, my first reaction to Hyun-woo (Awl, Ugly Alert) being cast in SBS’s upcoming heavily fictionalized historical drama Jackpot was to give an inner hurrah, and then to feel sad because he’s playing King Gyeongjong, who won’t be long for that world. I presume. I mean, the drama is playing pretty fast and loose with trufax, but I’m pretty sure they’ll have to observe actual years of rule and facts of royal succession.

Jackpot takes place in the time of King Sukjong’s reign, through to the earlier years of King Yeongjo’s rule. King Gyeongjong held the throne for a brief four-year gap between the two stronger monarchs: His father Sukjong, played by Choi Min-soo, reigned for 46 years, and younger half-brother Yeongjo (Yeo Jin-gu) ruled for 52. Gyeongjong was born to Sukjong’s concubine-turned-queen Jang Ok-jung, and lost his mother at a young age when she was executed for suspicion of cursing Queen Inhyun to cause her death.

The time period was rife with fierce factional politics and bitter warring between the Noron and Soron political parties, which I’m sure we’ll see reflected in the drama. The Sorons backed King Gyeongjong, while the Norons put their support behind Yeongjo. (If you’re one of the five people who watched Secret Door, Gyeongjong was the brother whose death haunted Yeongjo all his life, because he was suspected — correctly, in that drama’s case — of having had a hand in Gyeongjong’s death, which allowed him to ascend to the throne.)

All that is mostly colorful backstory, though, because the main plot of Jackpot centers around the young man played by Jang Geun-seok, born with royal blood but made to live a low-born life, who becomes the best gambler of the time. The hero wagers with his life and the king his country as they engage in “a game putting the two men’s fates and Joseon on the line.”

In this drama, Gyeongjong is a weak and quiet person who finds a fresh new start through the Sorons. Hyun-woo seems well-cast for the part; there’s just something so friendly and approachable about him, with the kind of aura to set you at ease. He gained noticed early on with Pasta, then again as a young scholar in Tree With Deep Roots, and had a great role as a likable, hard-working underdog in last year’s Awl. He hasn’t really broken out big-time yet, though I’m hoping he gets his moment in the spotlight someday.

Jackpot also features Im Ji-yeon as a swordswoman out to kill the king, Yoon Jin-seo as royal consort and Yeongjo’s mother, and Jeon Gwang-ryul as Lee Il-jwa, a rebel leader in direct opposition to Sukjong (and later, Yeongjo). The drama follows Six Flying Dragons on SBS.

Via TV Report

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This dram will follow six flying dragons?? They better make this one good or if not that historically accurate, atleast entertaining

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Hyun Woo will forever have a soft spot in me for his (almost lead) role in the best ever but most-underrated KDrama - I Live in Cheongdamdong.

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Yay for ILIC.. That show is a treat.

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So, if I got my drama character/actor line-up correct (which is soon confusing when it comes to most historical dramas, not just Korean saguks T.T), Yoon Jin-seo is actually portraying Dong Yi??

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Yes, Yoon Jin-seo is playing Choi Suk Bin.

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Heyyyyy I'm watching Awl right now (thanks to year-end drama recs) and I love this kid. I hope. Please don't turn evil. T_____T

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If only they got rid of JGS, this could actually be a good drama....

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why don´t you give him a chance first?

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i think that's a rude thing to say.. JGS is a decent good actor.. If his previous dramas didn't do well, it should not be blamed on him.. I love him on Love Rain though.

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this comment is normal..haters gonna hate. nobody force anyone to watch. im gonna watch just because of him. zikzin keun suk janggg!!!

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I dunno. JGS used to be really good in sageuks. I'm hoping he gets his old acting mojo back because he does have talent underneath all the fluff he exudes.

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Oooooh, JGS! Yay! I really look forward to seeing him again, especially since this sounds like a drama that will let him stretch his acting chops a little - the "pretty boy" roles do him no favors, and he IS an amazing actor.

Great news!

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Those chubby cheeks though.... so cute!! :)

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hummmm, king Gyeongjong in scholar who walks the night was killed by a vampire ...

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Well, JB there are definitely more than 5 people watching Secret Door.. Haha.
It would be interesting role for sure! I'd like to see some more Gyeongjong reign too in sageuk, because most of the time we only see Sukjong => Yeongjo => Jeongjo.

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*raises hand as someone who watched the entirety of "Secret Door".

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"If you’re one of the five people who watched Secret Door,..."

Nice one. LOL.

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This looks like a fun, interesting project that could work. I only just watched JGS in an older drama and he's a pretty good actor, despite the flower boy label. I was quite surprised to find out how much he's disliked in Korea - weird!

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he's just misunderstood because he's frank and do whatever he please, even at his own expense.. his not your average korean celebrity ran by their agencies, doing what they're told to do.. Keun Suk broke that culture that's why i think he's hated for that. they can only bring him down, but he's soaring high instead.

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oh I love him in Awl! not really into korean historical dramas, but it's good to know he's gaining attention. go hyun-woo ~ <3

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I like him!! I have watched him in Awl and Call of the Country a.k.a Secret Agent Miss Oh. Loved both shows :)

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Interesting addition to the cast! I would love to see more of Gyeongjong, too, in sageuk dramas. Rumour has it that he died from 'food poisoning' (younger brother King Yeongjo was the suspect, of course) and nothing much was said about him besides being the son of the most controversial concubine/ deposed queen Jang Ok Jung so far. I would like to see what kind of part he would have in the upcoming 'Daebak' series... can't wait for the drama!

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Awww I totally watched Awl because of the podcast! And loved Hyunwoo there.. So good to hear that he'll be joining this drama.. Another reason to tune in. Is this drama gonna be 50 eps as well?

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Hyun Woo? The actor from Moorim School? He looks different in the picture.

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No, Moorim School is Lee Hyun Woo born in 1993. This is Kim Hyun Woo born in 1985.

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