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Lee Jung-jae courted to play king’s bodyguard in new historical film

Lee Jung-jae AS A BODYGUARD? Is anyone else remembering Sandglass and having a moment right now? I loved Lee Jung-jae in that drama so damn much. Anyway, he’s up to play a very different kind of bodyguard this time, in a sageuk about Prince Gwanghae called Enemy Soldier. So, less romance and more bromance. It’s a story of a king told through the eyes of his warrior bodyguard, which sounds cool. Also potentially dangerous, since I don’t know who the enemy is in the title.

The new movie comes from director Jung Yoon-chul (A Man Who Was Superman, Marathon) and production house Realize Pictures, of the other hit movie about Gwanghae, Masquerade (or Gwanghae, the Man Who Became King). I know he’s a popular king, but there are so many others in Joseon alone; can’t we give any of them a turn?

It takes place around the time of the Seven Year War, when Gwanghaegun becomes the de facto king after his father flees the country. The film is about him struggling to lead the nation, told through the eyes of the bodyguard who’s always by his side. I like the approach, since you’d normally expect Lee Jung-jae to be cast as the king, not the bodyguard. But it’s a fresh angle to tell the side character’s story as the central narrative, especially because Gwanghae’s contentious rise to power is a story we’ve seen many times before in film and television.

Enemy Soldier plans to begin shooting later this year. Meanwhile Lee Jung-jae has completed shoots on Battle of Incheon/Operation Chromite with Liam Neeson, which is due out this year.

Via Star News

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Bodyguard? Joseon... can it be like Moohyul with Lee Bang Won or Moohyul with King Sejong kind of thing.

But the plot like Frozen Flower without all those s stuff. So do the King will be like same age range as the bodyguard or older a bit. Who is fit as the king? Maybe Oh Dal Su can be the king for once.

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I've been rewatching "Sandglass" (I really miss you writer Song Ji-na and director Kim Jong-hak R.I.P). All the actors looks younger and hotter lol (hello there Choi Min Soo). Lee Jung-jae hasn't aged much though.

I have had better experience with Sageuks in dramas than movies.
I loved maybe 3 or 4 on the big screen sageuks like King and the Clown, Musa, the Warrior, War of the Arrows. I liked Face Reader and Masquerade too.

Why can't they do more sageuks about women?
I'll take the bromance if it's anything like King Sejong and Moo-hyul (Han Suk Kyu and Jo Jin Woong).

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Thinking of all the possibilities for bromance this year in dramaland makes me so, so happy. Ah, what a wonderful thing it is! Keep em' coming, I'll keep watching!

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lee jungjae in a sageuk? yesss

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Can Jung Woo Sung be the Gwanghae and we get all the glorious bromance from the two?
*dreaming*

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It says it takes place "around the time of the Seven Year War, when Gwanghaegun becomes the de facto king after his father flees the country", that would put the King between his late teens and early twenties. I doubt they'll cast someone so young, but 40+ years old (and up) actors are out of the running, I think. Lol

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Oh I see...
Well, Lee Sang Yoon, Cha Seung Won and Seo In Guk had played Gwanghae in 3 different dramas and there's such age differences among them.
Maybe they could cast Yoo Seung Ho? He's still in early twenties and looks young.

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will he ever be in another television series? it's been awhile lol.

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My thoughts drift to Moohyul and Bangji and Bangwon...

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