Goryeo’s femme fatale and political mastermind added to cast of The King Loves
Chu Soo-hyun, Oh Min-seok
The newest casting additions for upcoming MBC fusion sageuk The King Loves create another layer of intrigue to the plot. Set in Goryeo, this historical melodrama features a complicated love-power triangle. Early on, ZE:A’s Im Shi-wan (Misaeng) and SNSD’s Yoon-ah (The K2) signed on to headline as the elegant king and his lover. Hong Jong-hyun (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo) is still reviewing the offer to be the third leg of the love triangle. Recently, actress Chu Soo-hyun (The Time I’ve Loved You) confirmed her role, and actor Oh Min-seok (Secret of Women, Kill Me, Heal Me) is said to be in final negotiations to join the drama.
If Oh Min-seok confirms (which looks very likely at this point), he will play Song-in, the hidden power figure controlling the most powerful noble family that opposes the king’s reign. Described as an ambitious man whose dreams crumble to dust because of love, Song-in rises again to take his revenge. To most people, he seems like a dedicated family man who works hard as a government bureaucrat, but he’s actually a power-hungry politician whose influence reaches the innermost courts of the royal palace.
Choo Soo-hyun is set to play a gisaeng, Ok Bu-yong, who is raised to become the king’s woman by Song-in. Growing up ignored by others who think of her as a useless nobody, she falls in love with Song-in, the first man who recognizes her latent potential. Under his guidance, she becomes Goryeo’s ultimate femme fatale and by his request, she enters the palace to become the king’s concubine.
MBC’s latest 100-percent pre-produced drama The King Loves has already started filming its child actor scenes, and will air sometime in early 2017.