Hong Jong-hyun up to rival Im Shi-wan in The King Loves
Hong Jong-hyun, Park Hwan-hee
It’s been a while since the upcoming sageuk The King Loves was first announced, but there’s finally some new movement on the casting front. Hong Jong-hyun (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo) has been offered the second lead role in the main love triangle opposite Im Shi-wan (Misaeng) and Yoon-ah (The K2), who are already confirmed. I actually started to think better of Hong Jong-hyun as an actor the minute he went full evil in Moon Lovers, so maybe he’ll continue to improve and get away from the bland roles he’s done up until then. You know what, I’ll just be happy if he gets a new stylist who doesn’t give him wet rat Goryeo hair.
The fully pre-produced sageuk is set in Goryeo and tells the tragic story of two best friends and the beautiful woman they both love. Im Shi-wan stars as a crown prince who becomes future King Chungseon, while Hong Jong-hyun and Yoon-ah will play fictional characters in the retelling of his life story. The crown prince is an antihero whose virtuous outward appearance hides his snakelike twisted thirst for power. He’s beautiful and eloquent, and especially gifted at bringing people to his side. Yoon-ah plays the daughter of the wealthiest man in the nation, a man of royal descent who will stop at nothing to become richer. She’s described as the Goryeo-era Scarlett O’Hara, who will be loved so fiercely by two men that she will bring about their ruin.
Hong Jong-hyun is up to play an elegant, refined young man of royal lineage who loses everything to his best friend, the crown prince. The one thing he realizes that he can have that the prince can’t is the love of one woman, and he’ll become a tragic figure who destroys a friendship for love. Well, to be fair, I think they’re all going to be complicit in the tragedy and the destruction.
Park Hwan-hee (Jealousy Incarnate, Descended From the Sun) has been cast in an unspecified supporting role, and child actor Yoon Chan-young (young Yoo Yeon-seok in Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim, young Byun Yo-han in Six Flying Dragons, young Lee Dong-wook in Bubblegum) has just joined the cast as Hong Jong-hyun’s younger counterpart in the early episodes. Nam Da-reum (The Lonely Shining Goblin, Memory, Six Flying Dragons) is set to play young Im Shi-wan, and Lee Seo-yeon (The World of Us) will play young Yoon-ah.
The King Loves begins shooting this month with the child actors, and is currently in talks to air on MBC in 2017.
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