Yoon Kyun-sang, Chae Soo-bin sign on for Rebel Hong Gil-dong
At last, we have a cast in place for MBC’s new fusion sageuk Rebel Hong Gil-dong, and I’m really excited to see this pairing: Yoon Kyun-sang (Doctors) has signed on to play the legendary Joseon folk hero Hong Gil-dong, and Chae Soo-bin (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) will play his leading lady. It’ll be the first time that either of them is headlining a drama, but they’re both solid actors who have proven their weight as supporting players in sageuk (Six Flying Dragons, Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) and contemporary dramas as well. Plus, they’re both so individually cute that they have to be cute together, right?
The new Monday-Tuesday series from PD Kim Jin-man of Kill Me, Heal Me and writer Hwang Jin-young of King’s Daughter, Soo Baek-hyang is a retelling of the legend of Hong Gil-dong, Joseon’s most famous fictional hero. He was the illegitimate son of a nobleman who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, and set up his own utopian nation that broke class barriers. The drama will set the story during the reign of famous tyrant king Yeonsangun, and paint Hong Gil-dong as Joseon’s first revolutionary activist.
Yoon Kyun-sang will play Hong Gil-dong, the leader of a smuggling ring who “knows the arts, knows women, knows laughter, and knows loyalty.” He has no interest in the political world of his father, and only needs nature and his horses to be happy. Clearly things will change to make him take an interest in what’s happening to the people of his nation, for him to rise up and take a stand.
Chae Soo-bin has been cast as a young widower who was rescued by Hong Gil-dong. She grows up into a young woman filled with revenge in her heart, and she dreams of the day when she can lure the king into bed and stab him to avenge the death of her husband. For her revenge she’ll even outdo Joseon’s famous femme fatale Jang No-suk, King Yeonsangun’s consort, played by Honey Lee (Come Back, Ajusshi). Lee will play the sole confidante to a mad king who stakes her whole life on him, but she’s never forgotten her first love, Hong Gil-dong.
Also joining the cast is Kim Ji-suk (Oh Hae-young Again) as a notorious killer who believes that all people are evil by nature. He spills untold amounts of blood for the sake of strengthening the royal power, but begins to lose his way and wonders whether he actually spilled all that blood to build a kingdom, or killed because he enjoyed seeing blood spilled. Well, this guy sounds scary.
Creepy killer aside, I’m actually glad that Kim Ji-suk isn’t playing the king, because he was Chae Soo-bin’s high school teacher in Sassy Go Go and I don’t want to think about her trying to seduce and murder him. See, there’s an upside to the death and mayhem! I’m really happy with how the cast turned out, even though right now I can only picture Yoon Kyun-sang and Chae Soo-bin in a puppy romance (because how adorable would that be?), but I’m sure they have it in them to be epic and heroic and heart-wrenching too. Make us proud!
Rebel Hong Gil-dong follows Night Light on Mondays and Tuesdays in January.
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