The Lonely, Shining Goblin goes from ancient warrior to modern man
I always figured there wasn’t a genre Gong Yoo (Big) hadn’t tackled, but actually, there is — the sageuk. Lucky for us, we get a glimpse of Gong Yoo in his first foray into sageuk territory and his transformation throughout the years as a goblin cursed with immortality in the latest teaser for tvN’s upcoming fantasy The Lonely, Shining Goblin.
It’s the story of a goblin who meets a high school girl claiming to be his mortal bride, the key to ending his immortality. Kim Go-eun (Cheese in the Trap) plays said girl who has the fate of someone who should’ve died. In the teaser, she tells Gong Yoo that she can see him because she can see ghosts and asks if he’s a goblin. She also introduces herself and asserts that in approximately two hundred years, she will be his bride.
We first see the goblin as an ancient warrior with flowing mane and bloody sword as he fights in an epic battle. Fast-forward centuries later, when he comes face to face with the young woman purporting to be his bride. He laments his long and lonely existence at a graveyard where he’s dressed in a black suit, seemingly there to pay his respects to someone. At the end of the teaser, he reaches out his hand and we hear him say, “And at one point, I was a human being.”
The dark and dramatic sageuk footage was shot in September in the city of Gimje in the North Jeolla province, and the scenic cemetery scenes were shot in Quebec a month later. Lee Dong-wook (Bubblegum) and Yoo Inna (One More Happy Ending) also star as the goblin’s amnesiac reaper roommate and a chic chicken shop owner, respectively. Yook Sung-jae (Village: Secret of Achiara) plays a chaebol heir whose family has been looking after the goblin for generations.
There’s a haunting and mysterious beauty tinged with sadness in all the teasers that have come out so far, and I quite like the tone they’ve set. I sincerely hope this drama will allow us to forget the catastrophic mess that was Big. I think Gong Yoo deserves better and frankly, so do we. Perhaps the Goblin will be his and our saving grace.
tvN’s The Lonely, Shining Goblin will premiere on December 2 and will air on Fridays and Saturdays.
Via Ten Asia
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