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Honey Lee in talks to join fusion sageuk Rebel Hong Gil-dong

It seems like Honey Lee is on a pattern of alternating between comedies and historical dramas—she put in a surprisingly funny performance in the outlandish comedy Modern Farmer, then played a femme fatale queen in the fusion sageuk Shine Or Go Crazy, and followed that up with body-swap comedy Come Back, Ajusshi, where she had a hilarious loveline with Oh Yeon-seo (er, Kim Su-ro in Oh Yeon-seo’s body). So in keeping with the pattern, next up for her is a fusion sageuk, MBC’s Rebel Hong Gil-dong, opposite Namgoong Min (Remember–Son’s War) who’s considering the title role.

According to her reps, Honey Lee is considering the offer favorably and adjusting her schedule, so it looks like she’ll sign on. The new Monday-Tuesday drama for MBC will be helmed by PD Kim Jin-man of Kill Me, Heal Me and Golden Time and writer Hwang Jin-young of King’s Daughter Soo Baek Hyang, and it’s a retelling of classic folk hero Hong Gil-dong’s life. I’m mostly excited to see Namgoong Min’s take on the character, because I’m sure he’ll come up with something unexpected.

The 16th-century Joseon hero was a leader of a band of outlaws who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, and rose from illegitimate roots to become the king of his own utopian nation where people of all birth classes are treated equally. In this new drama, Hong Gil-dong will be portrayed as an activist, a rebel leader who goes up against the establishment.

Honey Lee has been offered the role of famous femme fatale Jang No-suk, royal consort of Yeonsangun, Joseon’s tenth king. She’s a historical figure often compared to Jang Hee-bin and known for being the one woman who had an effect on the tyrannical Yeonsangun, often considered to be Joseon’s worst king (he was responsible for two bloody purges of scholars and turned Sungkyunkwan University into a brothel). In the drama, the character will be the sole person who understands Yeonsangun’s loneliness and lunacy, and though she risks her life on the king, she can’t forget her first love Hong Gil-dong. A love triangle with a mad, tyrannical king and a revolutionary leader? Gee, that doesn’t seem dangerous or anything.

Rebel Hong Gil-dong will be a Monday-Tuesday drama in early 2017 on MBC.

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She is amazing. I love love loved her in Shine or Go Crazy, and can totally imagine her having a screwed up, understanding, toxic, pitying relationship with the crazy king. Plus her dimples are beautiful.

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I LOVED Honey Lee in Shine or Go Crazy where she gave an exceptional performance. She'll be right up her alley in this. She really shines in sagueks.

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She was so beautiful and played the character so well that I ached for her.

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Yay I hope both her and Namgoong Min sign on

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Please accept this already you two! I cannot wait who will be the King! Finally,... i am waiting for a more serious sageuk

I am more familiar with Jang Hee Bin than Jang No Suk's history. Maybe I can try to check about it.

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Korean Robin Hood with Namgoong Min and Honey Lee SIGN ME UP PLZ!!!

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This project seems to be getting better. Love Honey Lee and her role sounds interesting as well. I also love her look in the picture above. She can be so cool.

Maybe I should finish Come Back, Ahjussi and watch Shine or Go Crazy lol.

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I don't know if there's another drama called Golden Time I'm not aware of, but the 2012 one starring Lee Seon-gyun and Lee Sung-min was directed by Kwon Seok-jang and Lee Yoon-jung. It was produced by Kim Jin-man.

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I'll always remember that drama, not just for the amazing Lee Jung-min but for the controversy with the writer. That was unbelievable.

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Kim Jim-man is CP (chief director/Casting Director) of Golden time. CP make Program design & casting actor, PD, writer.
CP presses article about drama.

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For a moment I thought this was the same show as the one with Yoo Seung Ho - doesn't help that I selectively read stuff and only saw '(Remember - Son's War)'. And then I see Namgoong Min's name and I thought, wow YSH, NGM and Honey Lee?? But nah that's not the case...

On another note, I like both Honey Lee and Namgoong Min, so might consider watching this.

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I love her! She was the highlight of Shine and go Crazy for me. She definitely has talents and if I get to watch this it would be for her.
(I'm rooting for Queen Daemok in Scarlet Heart).

I'm not excited about her character though. Jang Nok-su and Hong Gil-dong as lovers? okaaay. I see that they've established another reason for Yeonsangun to kill her.

Can we have a cameo from Gong Li and Jang-sang as in the form of Lee Jun-ki and Kam Woo-sung from King and the Clown? Maybe they should do a street performance with Hong Gil-dong and his robbers.

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omg that photo of her... she's so beautiful!

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I always get surprised at how good Lee Honey actually is in her roles. It's time she got recognition as a legit actress with skills imo.

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I love Honey Lee so I hope she accepts! Her character sounds interesting and it seems like the perfect role for her.

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Honey Lee is the cat's Meow ... don't tell my wife I said that ....

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I used to have a not-so-favorable impression of Honey Lee but that changed with her recent roles for reasons unknown. That being said, I love how she tries new roles and doesn't stick to one genre--cheers to her for broadening her horizons!

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Eh..

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Eh..this sounds like a messed up relationship that will make us all cry in the end...hopefully not.

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i used to really like honey lee and i still do, but to a lesser extent. the reason is a bit stupid, but i find her voice SO grating sometimes. in come back mister it got so nasally and high pitched at times, and it was like nails on chalkboard.

i watch get it beauty every week too, where she's been the MC for nearly 2 years, and her voice seems to be naturally on the lower side, which is perfectly fine. but she tries to make it bright and perky for her MC role, and it ends up a bit high pitched and nasally and overall a bit too much. it's actually made me avoid the program, because i can't stand her voice.

but there's absolutely no other reason. she's otherwise super likable and sweet, but i DO wish she'd let her voice alone.

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She is okay
She is gorgeous. Her voice can be sexy but can be very annoying too
She seems to smirk a lot in Shine or Go Crazy and i don't like her crying scene in CBM.
I don't find her that versatille in acting

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She is so regal and captivating. I liked her in Come Back Mister. did not watch SoGC that attentively, so I dont know... I think her voice is not annoying it is unique.

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