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Kim Sang-joong considers being Rebel Hong Gil-dong’s father

Kim Sang-joong (Jingbirok, Bad Guys) is one of those actors who makes the screen come alive with his raw charismatic energy. I’d say he has a vibe similar to Choi Min-soo or Kim Myung-min, in that he just radiates an aura of power. If you’ve seen any of his past works like Bad Guys or City Hunter, you know he can make even the most hateful villains seem complex and twistedly sympathetic. After a near two-year hiatus from the small screen, he has been offered the role of Hong Gil-dong’s father in upcoming fusion sageuk Rebel Hong Gil-dong.

Legendary bandit Hong Gil-dong is Joseon’s Robin Hood, famous for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, and his heartbreaking childhood as a nobleman’s illegitimate son. He wasn’t allowed to acknowledge his father as his father in public because of his low birth, and eventually went on to create a utopian nation where even second-class sons were accepted. The fictional character’s story has been adapted and remade as the basis for many works including Kang Ji-hwan’s 2008 miniseries Hong Gil-dong, Lee Beom-soo’s comedy-heist film Descendants of Hong Gil-dong, and Lee Je-hoon’s crime noir movie Phantom Detective Hong Gil-dong.

It looks like the upcoming adaptation Rebel Hong Gil-dong will focus on the hero’s journey as a political revolutionary and show him as the people’s maverick, working toward the complete upheaval of Joseon’s social class system. They’ve already approached several top actors to join the cast including Ji Sung (Entertainer), Namgoong Min (Beautiful Gong Shim), Honey Lee (Come Back, Ajusshi), and now Kim Sang-joong. PD Kim Jin-man, who directed Ji-sung’s hit drama Kill Me, Heal Me, will be taking the helm on this project. In addition, Hwang Jin-young, the writer behind Seo Hyun-jin’s sageuk King’s Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang, will be writing the script.

Fusion sageuk Rebel Hong Gil-dong is scheduled to premiere at the start of next year, after Night Light, which follows MBC’s currently-airing Monday-Tuesday drama, Woman With a Suitcase.

Via Herald Pop

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Do we have to upgrade his nickname to Bad Secret Daddy then?

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hahaha well said :)

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A charismatic one too !

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Yes, please!

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Worth checking this out for him alone.

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Yes please! He is the ultimate badass swagjussi.

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Jisung on Defendant or this drama?

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Defendant, i guess.

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Ha holy cow this cast is stacked

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Yes! *Puts on To Watch list*

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I still call him Grumpy OCD Elder Uncle.

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Ahjusshi <3

With Nam Goong Min, Honey Lee and Ahjhusshi on board, let's just pray this drama turn out well.

I hope Ji Sung will do Defendant instead.

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I'm looking forward to this!!! I've missed him on screen though I don't think I've ever seen him in a saguek before. I know he took some time off after Bad Guys to do throat surgery. I hope he's completely recovered by now.

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He was in old school sageuks that's why :).

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A recent one he was in is The Jingbirok: A Memoir of Imjin War. I'm watching that in spurts on dramanice (they have it subbed under the title Jungbirok: Book of Corrections).

It's definitely not a fusion, but I'm really enjoying it. I do find the way the king is written in that one annoying character wise, though. I twinge every time he's in a scene.

I like his work a lot.

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Type edit: (they have it subbed under the title Jingbirok: Book of Corrections)

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Still waiting to see who's playing Hong Gil dong, NGM or JS ??

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There is a lot be excited about here, but am I the only one who thinks the most fascinating thing here could be cutie Kim Ji Suk playing crazy, evil Yeonsangun? Wow. That could be really cool if he just plays it all out.

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loved him in bad guys,but doesn't look like same cast for season 2? and i reading that correct?????

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