Drama Casting & News
SBS to adapt Moon/Sun, Sungkyunkwan author’s newest novel
by | December 27, 2016 | 225 Comments

The Moon That Embraces the Sun and Sungkyunkwan Scandal were both highly successful drama adaptations that were based on author Jung Eun-kwol’s novels, so it’s no wonder that SBS snapped up the rights to the author’s most recent work, called Hong Chun-gi. The new novel is another fanciful reimagining of history set in Joseon, much in the same vein as the two previous works, and the adaptation rights were scooped up right away after the book was published earlier this month.

The fusion sageuk is set in the early 15th century and tells the story of the only female painter in Joseon, named Hong Chun-gi, who is mentioned only briefly in historical record. The novel imagines her colorful life story as a beautiful painter who enters the palace and shares lovelines with a blind astronomer and arts enthusiast Grand Prince Anpyeong, third son of King Sejong.

Hong Chun-gi’s mother once prayed to the heavens to send a suitor down for her daughter to marry, and one day when a strikingly beautiful young man falls from the sky right in front of her, she believes he’s been sent from the heavens just for her. Pfft, I like her already. The young man, named Ha Ram, is nearly blind due to an accident during a rain ceremony, and can only see the color red. He holds a position in the palace as an astronomer, and after meeting Hong Chun-gi, he discovers that there’s a larger mystery surrounding his eyes.

It’s described as a story about the ardent love and the cheerful life of Hong Chun-gi, which sounds like a nice mix of Moon/Sun’s earnest romance and Sungkyunkwan Scandal’s bright sensibility. At least I hope that’s the winning combination that drama producers are going for.

SBS has begun pre-production on Hong Chun-gi, which is being planned for a 2018 broadcast. That is EONS away, SBS.

Via TV Daily


225 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. faee

    dream casts anyone?

    • 1.1 Sera The Ms Temper

      Tired to dream coz the chance for it to really happen is verryyyy low!

      But we can still dream…. 🙁

      • 1.1.1 Chichaloca

        Agree with but still want to dream even i know its never happend,i wish i could see yong hwa cn blue mebi song jungki and the girl? Hurm song hye kyo meby not suit for the teenage romance(if only it teenage romance drama like moonlight) i go for jeon so min coz i really adore her in one percent meby with ha suk jin 🙊

    • 1.2 Miss bbong

      It would be nice if they cast moon chae won.. She has enough experience with saeguk projects (painter of the wind, war of arrow and the Princess man) she can carry on her shoulder. the most important things she’s definitely a painter, she was studying arts Western paintings major.

      • 1.2.1 Neem

        her sageuk speech is not good :/

        • Kiara

          She did better in War of the Arrows than her sageuk dramas.

      • 1.2.2 Sojuboy

        What is this novel about? I thought the whole Sun/Moon Pokemon was a total screw up. They didn’t even follow the original novel.

        Moon Che Won needs a decent comeback. She’s much better in Sageuk, and yeah, Kim So Hyun (the guy version) is overrated.

        • Flightey Gazelles

          That’s Kim Soo Hyun. I get them mixed up too. Worst are Kang Hanuel and Kim Hanuel.

          • Sinta

            Hahah 😂😂😂😂

    • 1.3 alpha

      Make them with not big age gap, I want to enjoy real kiss and romantic scenes.

    • 1.4 gwisintop

      This is the chance. Ji Soo and Eunji for the leads. Please dramagods make it happen!!!!!

      • 1.4.1 pogo

        I love them both but, um, Ji-soo kind of sucks at sageuk speech.

        I’d rather have the Ji-soo/Eunji-as-first-leads reunion be in a modern-day drama, I’ve been praying for it since like the middle of Sassy Go Go (tvN or JTBC, step up please!)

        • blues

          I second you.
          Sigh, I really hope Eunji will sign with tvN. Been craving to watch her in that channel again.
          I don’t know why, but I feel that her management tends to play save by signing with KBS, it’s two times already. Of course I’m not complaining about Sassy, it’s one wonderful drama, but it’s just not enough to see her in that short production. It obviously sounds selfish, but I want her to comeback with different challenge, different vibe. Someone needs to give her more opportunities.

          • pogo

            I think her casting in Sassy Go Go had more to do with the fact that one of the PDs had already worked with her in Trot Lovers – it’s quite likely they specifically asked for her after the role was turned down by Kim Yoo-jung, rather than her management.

      • 1.4.2 Jarule

        Vote for eunj,she’s talented. I think she will doing well if she selected. Fighting!!!

        • Mocha

          YES I’ve been waiting for eunji to do another drama for sooooo long. Her company says they’re getting scripts and offers but nothing has showed up in the news yet 🙁 i really hope it’ll be a genre she’s never done before!!

          • En Car Nacion

            Seo In Guk and Jung Eun Ji Please..

            In guk already made a saguk before.

            I miss them together. But, with the military enlistment of In Guk draws nearer, i thinks its impossible..Sigh!

    • 1.5 nomi

      Park Hae Jin / Moon Chae Won


      Jo In Sung / Kang So Ra

      • 1.5.1 pogo

        Park Hae-jin/Moon Chae-won is my ideal pairing too, but I wonder how old these characters are supposed to be?

      • 1.5.2 kimkim

        Omgaaah why did I never think of these two?? 😮

      • 1.5.3 ashablue

        OMG!! KANG SORA!!! she hasnt really been in too many mainstream dramas yet, it would be such a great chance for her (im going to pretend the Jeju drama never happened)
        She totally deserves a leading role with a good script

      • 1.5.4 Sam

        Kang Hanuel. Why he hast’t been in a lead role yet?

        • xxyy

          yasssssssssssss!! kang ha neul

    • 1.6 pogo

      1. Someone (two someones) good at acting

      2. Someone (two someones) at least over 20 years of age (and I mean legal age, not add-2-years-on-1-Jan age)

      • 1.6.1 rosaline

        YES. definitely number 2. I cant stand all these super underage girls pairing ups anymore….

    • 1.7 pogo

      Also, I know 2016 basically dealt a death blow to any notion that crappy acting AND underperforming ratings wouldn’t be rewarded but since this is a dream cast, I’ll go for broke:

      Yoon Doo-joon and Kim Seul-gi.

      • 1.7.1 Mal

        YAS these two need to work together again!

      • 1.7.2 revuot

        +1 !!

        • Rose

          +1000000 for this pairing !!!!

          But I could only choose one of the two, I would choose Kim Seul-gi, I am so fond of her!!!

          • depe

            Yeay for seulgii. Doesnt matter who the lead male as long he could acts well.
            I bet she would neve paired up with doojoon anymore.
            Seulgi with minho shinee is ok

      • 1.7.3 monchers

        Yes, those two for a full drama, please!

      • 1.7.4 azzo

        Please, please, please, please drama gods, yes to this pairing. I’m gonna go do a rain dan.. um.. wait, what dance are we supposed to do for a dream cast?!

    • 1.8 Gidget

      Yoon Shi Yoon as the Astronomer.

      • 1.8.1 Gidget

        with Kim Go-Eun as the painter.

      • 1.8.2 gidget

        And Lee Jun Ki as the Prince.

        I’d love seeing a battle of these ageless Flower Boys. And see both create sizzling chemistry with an actress like Kim Go-Eun. But whatever role gets to deliver the kisses to the heroine…that’s the one I want Yoon Shi Yoon in.

      • 1.8.3 Gidget

        And as an afterthought, something equally important:

        I vote for NO adult-minor love lines. Either via casting decisions or the respective ages of the characters. It’s a fetish that creeps us out.

        And may the writer learn from Park Ji Eun, who’s taking everyone to school on how to incorporate an idol into a drama. In this case, how about writing-in a doe-eyed princeling who was rendered mute in the same accident as the Astronomer?

  2. Hope Airen

    It seems like a typical cute k-drama, but I love SKKS. I hope this would have a great script.

    2018? Can I dream a little (ignoring that it’s pre-produced, as in: filming done in 2017 T_T) and wish for Lee Seung Gi’s casting?

    Okay, no chance. I just miss him a lot.

    • 2.1 purplepainter

      I want to see Lee Seung-gi in this drama, too!!! As for the girl, as long as it’s not an idol, I’m fine with it 😀

      • 2.1.1 Hope Airen

        Moon Geun Young please, I really really really wish they’ll be cast together for a good drama righ after his discharge (in 10 months T_T )

  3. ane

    Moon chae won and Lee jun ki please.

    • 3.1 CC

      A dream paring for a Sageuk drama, these two really needs to be paired up soon.

      • 3.1.1 Ava

        Yes please?

      • 3.1.2 ane

        Lee jun ki as the astronomer pls.I will watch anything with jun ki oppa in it. Ha ha.

        • Afii

          You’ve got a friend in me

          • Min

            Man, don’t get us start imagining…

            *imagining Jun Ki in sageuk garb, while doing things astronomers do*

        • Lois

          I strongly support you lady. Lee Jun ki as the astronomer would be great. I mean he did justice to scarlet heart except that iu brought it down with the poor acting but them come on he has acted many historical dramas. Goreyo Joseon who better than him to take this role

    • 3.2 Del

      My dream pairing too in sageuk land. Too bad, too many complaining that LJK has been doing too many sageuks.

      • 3.2.1 byullie

        Nobody can deny that LJK looks absolutely stunning in Sageuk clothing though. He owns the genre *-*

    • 3.3 Yellow0102

      Yes yes yes please drama gods, make it happen! There is never too much of sageuk Jun Ki oppa and I like Moon Chae Won too. Somebody give him some descent lead actrees after a while!

    • 3.4 XiaXiaXia

      Drama gods, make this happen!!!

    • 3.5 blu

      I have literally been wishing for moon chae won x lee jun ki forever I think they would match each other so well and they would be amazing in sageuk. pretty pleasee.

      • 3.5.1 Amber

        Is there such thing as “figuratively wishing”? lol

        • Flightey Gazelles


  4. Juliesean

    Would love Park Bo Gum in this, with Park Bo Young or Kim Seul Gi.

    • 4.1 zia

      Park Bo Young has an upcoming drama.

    • 4.2 kimkim

      But I want that Park Bo Gum and Kim Ji Won drama. Sad she couldn’t have been in MDBC for a swoony romance

      • 4.2.1 mims

        Park Bo Gum and Kim Ji won together, yes please! Yoojung was great in MDBC, but I’m still really rueful about this pairing we almost had and need to see it fulfilled elsewhere.

  5. CC

    It’s time for Moon Chae Won to comeback on sageuk.

    • 5.1 jellybine

      I was thinking of Han Hyo-joo before I saw others Moon Chae-won. I already miss her on my screen (Goodbye Mr. Black didn’t happen). As to the guy, I think there’s a lot to choose from. 🙂

  6. kobrakiddo

    Park Bo-Young and Park Bo-Gum! And then I’d want Nam Joo-Hyuk as the Prince. Heh. 😀

    • 6.1 Mandy

      After WLKBJ, I don’t think I’d be okay with Nam Joo-hyuk being second lead in anything anymore. He’s more than capable of headlining his own drama. So either he’s lead or he picks another drama.

      • 6.1.1 Sera The Ms Temper

        I love Nam Joo Hyuk in WLKBJ, and I do agree he can be the main lead, as long as his partner someone who acts better than her. Someone at the level of Lee Sung Kyung or better.

        Im sorry to say this, if he is to be paired with someone like Seo Hyun like in Scarlet Heart, and they are the main leads, i’m afraid it will not turn out good.

        • Sera The Ms Temper


          it should be ” someone who acts better than him”

        • pogo

          I’m in agreement here – he held up his end fairly well in Scarlet Heart but he is not at the level where he can compensate for a costar’s weakness.

          Def. needs someone at least on the Lee Sung-kyung/Kim Seul-gi level to match him. Maybe Nam Ji-hyun?

          • Sera The Ms Temper

            He was paired with KSG in Surpluss Princess right? I almost forgot.

            And yes I’m up to see Nam Joo Hyuk in any leading roles with a condition his co-star lady is better than him..

        • Yuki

          Dunno…I might be blinded by the adoration that I have for him these days, but certainly he is displaying talent and serious charm that not every 20yr old out there in kdramas is able to deliver (except for Park Bo Gum, who can do anything of course 😛 ). Taking into account that he is also quite new to acting, I find his performance in WF something not to be sniffed at. 🙂
          If we talk about attracting viewers, I agree that a bland female lead could ruin the show, but this can happen to any good actor. Also the writing is very important. Right now, for example, I cannot bring myself to watch LOTBS, even when I like JJH and LMH a lot, but the story (and the chemistry) leaves me cold so there is not enough star power or charisma to keep me watching.
          I do not mind Nam Joo Hyuk taking up secondary characters as long as they are meaty roles. But certainly I expect him to keep growing as an actor and be given more opportunities to shine in the future 😀

          • Sera The Ms Temper

            I think why we love him more because his role in WLKBJ.

            I also loved him in Surpluss Princess & CITT, and after SH maybe he can carry serious role as well.

            Good writing + good acting are two main components. With a good writing, the bad acting maybe can be covered here and there, but bad writing + bad acting? Moreover, we can count just how many drama really has good writing, so at least with good acting, can save drama little bit. That’s why I always choose good acting although good plot is still my first preference.

      • 6.1.2 reset

        nam joo hyuk is not able to be more than being a nice guy-not harm with god script, cause he can’t shine at all in performance,
        definitely second lead material

        also almost all except the girl in WF is underperformed, mediocre actors with mediocre drama, passable but not great

  7. alpha

    Jisoo for actor. And any decent non-underage for actress. I want to enjoy kiss scenes that is more than just a peck without feeling burdened of age gap.

    • 7.1 zia

      I don’t know but I just think he’s too young for the role. If he is someone who holds a position in the palace, I think the role should be given to an actor who is older. Around 30s, maybe? But he can be the prince.

      • 7.1.1 alpha

        But the lead is deacribed as a beautiful young man who is an astronomer. Ji Soo fits perfectly.

    • 7.2 Lois

      Ji Soo is quite too young to take such a role for a drama like this. Someone who has done many historical dramas should take the role like lee Jun ki cos he knows a lot and is more experienced and is also a great actor. An under aged lady should not be paired with him cos his own acting might over shadow hers

  8. Loolu

    I’m hoping she doesn’t dress as a boy. I’m kind of tired of that plot line now.

    • 8.1 kirin

      This. As long as they don’t have the female lead dressing as a guy, I would be happy. It’s the same plot devices over and over again with sageuks, please something new.

  9. Anna

    I want to see Park Shin Hye in a saeguk!
    Curious why she hasn’t done any so far, at least in dramas.

    • 9.1 Sera The Ms Temper

      She had done sageuk before, in movie Royal Tailor. But yes no sageuk drama so far, as i can recall.

    • 9.2 Sinta

      I think she would do well in saeguk. When she was child, she starred in saeguk film. She’s so pretty.

  10. 10 Nana

    Yoon Do Joon and Kim Seul Gi.
    Is it too late for asking them in full series drama?
    But 2018 seems centuries away

    • 10.1 Michykdrama

      Yes!!! Yes yes yes yes yes!

      Please! 🙏

      I don’t mind the wait for them!

    • 10.2 Sera The Ms Temper

      A reunion for our favourite pairings can never be too late. 😉

      • 10.2.1 pogo

        As long as they don’t Our Gab-soon them.

        • Sera The Ms Temper


          I just can laugh at this. After the reunion of Solim in Our Gabsoon, we need to be really specify in our reunion pray especially in the roles & plot of the drama.

          We cannot just pray for reunion.

          • Flightey Gazelles

            Ha! BTW, what’s happening over there at Our Gabson? Has the loveline gotten any better?

        • mary


    • 10.3 pogo

      I third this suggestion

      They were perfect together in Splish Splash Love, best sageuk couple of 2013-2016 hands down (can’t think of any sageuk couple with better chemistry in that time, prob because there weren’t any!)

  11. 11 Zah

    Park Bo Young and Song Joong Ki please. A Werewolf Boy reunion.

    • 11.1 yerins

      Song Joongki did well in Deep Rooted Tree. I want to see him in sageuk again!

    • 11.2 Kiara

      Wouldn’t that be great? Both have a baby face and talented. I think they can play any sageuk characters from late teen to mid 30s convincingly.

  12. 12 dls

    Im si wan, yeo jin goo, kim so hyun

    • 12.1 magnacarta


      I like this idea. Return of the Moon Embraces the Sun kids! I loved them so much I had a hard time letting go when they had to age.

      • 12.1.1 Kiara

        The highlight of that show for me was the young cast.

        • azzo

          I agree.

  13. 13 PilTa

    I will look forward to this one!

  14. 14 nchoe

    Cast Moon Geun-young unnie, pretty please. I miss watching her in K-dramaland. I haven’t watched her again since Cinderella’s Stepsister.

    • 14.1 kanz

      Although I love Moon Geun Young, but she already did Painter of The Wind as Joseon’s royal painter. I doubt she would take similar painter role.

      • 14.1.1 Kiara

        Yes she has nothing to prove. She is still the youngest actor to ever win a Daesang award thanks to her performance in Painter of the Wind.

      • 14.1.2 nchoe

        @kanz Unfortunately, I think you’re right T_T

        It doesn’t have to be this drama, actually. I just need her to show up in any good drama which will do justice to her incredible acting skill.

  15. 15 kanz

    Dunno why but I keep picturing Lee Jun Ki aa the Prince. Kim Ji Won and Lee Jun Ki sounds good. Or Kim Ji Won and Park Bo Gum pairing after she almost signed up for MDBC?
    I think I should endorse Kim Ji Won since it’s about time she gets leading role!

    • 15.1 Del

      Can’t help it, right? Whenever there’s the mentioning of a sageuk, the first actor that comes to my mind is Lee Jun Ki. He is a perfection in sageuk.

      • 15.1.1 kanz

        And the character is blind prince, I keep picturing him acting as a blind person and he’ll be perfect for it!!
        Anyway Lee Jun Ki is always sooo dreamy in sageuk that you can’t help to watch him in more sageuks eventhough you want him in modern drama too. It’s like sageuk is his natural habitat. Hahaha

        • Flightey Gazelles

          Jung Ki would play a blind royal to perfection and close ups would be justified here *whispers hope I didn’t just jinx it*

  16. 16 Sally

    I wish song joong ki would reunite with moon chae won . That would be awesome. They both fit the roles . But It’s just my dream I don’t think it will come true 😩

    • 16.1 pogo

      I would be so into this, they had such great chemistry in Nice Guy and they’re both great in sageuk mode.

      Sadly, idk if we’ll ever get a reunion.

      • 16.1.1 jellybine

        OMG! Definitely yes to this! It would be nice to have them together again.

    • 16.2 Sally

      Yeah, it’s hard for it to come true but let’s hope there will be a reunion in the future even if it’s not this drama ❤️

  17. 17 reset

    Idk if it just me but I think Seo Hyon Jin is better then Kim Ji Won,
    KJW face is not that good for saeguk, she looks too modern,
    some people suit saeguk looked better than other and kim ji won is not that good to carry a show

    • 17.1 Kiara

      She has nothing on Seo Hyon-jin. Hyon-jin can carry a whole sageuk on her own. She is equally great in modern dramas.

    • 17.2 wer

      kim ji won is not that good to carry a show?hahahahahahahahahahaahahahahaha

  18. 18 lalalalove

    Yeo Jingoo and Park Boyoung please!!!

  19. 19 Bùi Quốc Khánh

    2018? LOL, i have great feel that SBS will also take ‘City Of Stars’ too.
    They’re go very soon before other channels, good jobs SBS. They fixing errors in this year, so much dramas air very close to the day they start filming.

  20. 20 Sally

    I just thought of another great combination, yoo ah in and moon chae won. I got excited just imagining it how about if it comes true 😍

    • 20.1 Gumiho

      He’s leaving for military service..

  21. 21 Super Foxy

    My inner fangirling mode definitely scream Seo Inguk; he did his sageuk drama The Kings Face with such consistency in acting, though the drama flopped in ratings. I would definitely love to see him in sageuk again, but no heavy plots in politics and all. But then it was slated to air in 2018 right? Aaaaah Inguk ssi still doing his MS then. Fangirling mode; died.

  22. 22 Asri

    who is behind the camera? that’s the most important thing before I want to cast my fav’s into this drama.

    • 22.1 Flightey Gazelles

      PD Kim Kyun Tae??

      • 22.1.1 Kiara

        Lol…I’d black list him from ever directing a sageuk.

  23. 23 Makoto

    Dream couples:
    Im Joo Eun – Kang Haneul
    Kim So Hyun – Lee Min Ho (93) ; by 2018 she will be legal adult, yay!
    Im Ji Yeon – Park Hyung Shik (High Society reunion)
    Park Eun Bin – Yoo Seung Ho
    Park Bo Young – Yeo Jin Gu (she really wants to)
    Kim Yoo Jung – Yeo Jin Gu
    Park Shin Hye – Lee Jong Suk
    Couple from Five Kids, I forgot their names. That clumsy teacher and arrogant golfer.
    Baek Jin Hee – Lee Tae Hwan

    *I wish one of those will be true*

    • 23.1 Kiara

      Park Bo-young would be fan-girling on Yeo Jin-goo. They would make a great sageuk pair.
      Oh yay Kim Yoo-jung and Kim Soo-hyun will be legal.

      Ladies based on their past sageuk(s) (over 20).
      Moon Geun-young, Park Eun-bin, Park Bo-young, Nam Ji-hyun, Shim Eun-kyun, Kang Ha-na, Baek Jin-hee, Lee Se-young, Kim So-eun, Kim Go-eun..
      Over 30s
      Han ye-ri, Seo Ji-hye, Seo Hyun-jin, Jeon Hye-bin, Moon Chae-won…

      Men over 20.
      Yeo Jin-goo, No Young-hak, Lee Min-ho (younger),
      Early 30s Song joong-ki, Kim Mu-yeol, Jung Kyung-ho.

      Why am I wasting my time? They are probably going to cast Susie and someone from EXO.

      • 23.1.1 Kiara

        *Kim So-hyun*

      • 23.1.2 GongYooislove

        Kim Go-Eun’s sageuk acting isn’t really that great based on Memories of the Sword, but others on the your list seem great. Kim Ji Won hasn’t done saeguks if I remember correctly, but somehow I wanna see her and Park Bo Gum in this drama

        • Kiara

          Memories of the Sword wasn’t a great. She has more range and talents for that role she was given. Less flying around and more meat would’ve given her something to work with.

          • Kiara


        • Sera The Ms Temper

          Memories of the Sword was just a meh, not enough to show any actor’s capability. I believe KGE deserve another chance to prove that she is good in sageuk too.

        • Flightey Gazelles

          Agree with Sera, Memories of A Sword was a huge meh. The only good thing for me was that I discovered Jun Ho, who was pretty enough to warrant a Google search.

      • 23.1.3 Sera The Ms Temper

        I am soo loving your lists but yeah at the end they will cast someone who is more popular.

      • 23.1.4 rara

        LOL. Cannot help but laughing srsly.
        Yeah, why should we wasting our time mybe they already have suzy and exo in their mind or already been decided. Let them be.

        • Akasha

          Suzy and EXO??!!!

          Omg, the horror!!!

          No, just….NO!!!

          • Sixtyone

            Agreed. I think the genre would turn into horror.

      • 23.1.5 nchoe

        May I add Jung Yoo Mi to over 30 actress? She’s good at Six flying dragon…

      • 23.1.6 justanotherfan

        if they cast lee min ho 1993 i would definitely jump into this ship.. he needs to comeback in dramaland.. sageuk suits him..

    • 23.2 GongYooislove

      This list is everything tbh. Not too sure about Im Ji Yeon’s sageuk acting though (she was really meh The Royal Gambler :/), but the pairing itself is on point

      • 23.2.1 Kiara

        I couldn’t stand her acting in The Royal Gambler. I know I judged her unfairly because her character was written badly. I felt like that she just couldn’t keep up especially when she is surrounded by the amazing male cast like Choi Min-soo, Jeon Kwang-leol, Yeo Jin-goo…
        Choi Min-soo is just so dang intimidating with commanding screen presence. I was glad that they didn’t have many scenes together.

        I would give her another chance. She was pretty decent in The Treacherous.

    • 23.3 Lois

      Yes Park Shin Hye is a strong female lead who I think can pull off the female role. She’s older and is a great actress. Lee Jun ki too would go well or Lee Min Ho again

  24. 24 annflln

    I’m kinda hate SBS at the moment, considered their moves on Running Man. I loved both of the novel adaptation, it strengthened my love for Kim Soo-hyun as well as found the gem in Yoo Ah-in.
    I’ll see for next information, on director and writer. Hope they can deliver another notable adaptation.

    • 24.1 lyza

      Agreed…SBS has been screwing up a lot of things this year.

  25. 25 Nike

    Kim so hyun and yeo jin goo (I miss you reunion on my mind)

    • 25.1 moosie

      Yes! I’d also love to see Kim Yoo Jung and Yeo Jin Goo act together again (moon/sun reunion)!

    • 25.2 justanotherfan

      or kim so hyun/kim yoo jung x lee min ho (1993)

  26. 26 Light

    I will get hate, but please, not Lee Jun Ki. He is overcasted. He is in almost every sageuk/sageuk fusion. There must be someone else.

    On another note, are those two books translated into English? It would be an interesting read.

    • 26.1 Kiara

      He’s my dream oppa but I hope he’d take a different genre.

    • 26.2 Danna

      I agree, I love him and he’s fantastic in sageuk but even I need a break from seeing him in sageuk garb. Lol. I think it’s his comfort zone so that’s why he keeps going for it. He needs to do a movie or two in different genres and recover from his slump before making anither sageuk comeback. I don’t think we hav. Anything to worry about here since I think this drama is most likely to cast younger.

      • 26.2.1 Jann

        I don’t think it’s his comfort zone, he just gets a lot of offers for sageuk genre dramas, probably with more interesting characters. He has already done 2 movies in contemporary genres this year, a Chinese romance movie and Resident Evil.

        • Mischa

          I second you on this.
          It’s not likely he took on those sageuk roles because it is his comfort zone. Even in his recent fan meeting, he did mentioned how he still received so many sageuk role offers and I bet, less roles in modern dramas. With modern drama, I don’t think he has that many roles to select, and that was why he went for sageuk.
          Why so many actors like Kim Rae Won, Jo Jung Suk, Park Hae Jin, Lee Jong Suk, Kim Woo Bin never done sageuk and keep on doing modern drama yet never gets the complaint?

          • Flightey Gazelles

            Reminds me of Song Il Gook in that regard. So many Saeguks

          • Kiara

            Jo Jung-suk has been in two back to back sageuk movies. The Face Reader and The Fatal Encounter.

          • Dopefish

            Jo Jung-suk and Lee Jong-suk were in “The Face Reader” together which is a sageuk movie. Kim Rae-won tried a fantasy sageuk way back in 1999 in an obscure “Hometown Legends” drama special so the list of actors you named isn’t entirely accurate. Gong Hyo-jin is someone who hasn’t done sageuk yet.

            Here is Kim Rae-won’s sageuk.

            I think Lee Jun-ki should go back to Chungmuro. His breakout was from films but he hasn’t done a Korean film in almost a decade. I don’t think sageuks are Lee Jun-ki’s comfort zone either, but some of his biggest hits were sageuks so he’s been associated with them in a way.

          • Kiara


            I have been saying that about Lee Jun-ki for years. He needs to go back to Chungmuro. Nothing in dramaland will top King and the Clown. His acting has improved a lot but he has been in bad dramas. He is already popular, he just needs some quality projects.
            I think he would have a movie career by now if he went back after the army.

            I’m not a Yoo Ah-in fan-girl but I think YAI has made some great choices in taking the movie route and I hope he’d do more movies when he gets back from his military service.

            I’m hoping Song Joong-ki will stick with Chungmuro till he has a solid movie career.

            Jo Jung-suk is doing great at juggling a movie career and still have time for dramas and theatre. He is great with all 3 and I’m very impressed.
            I have a soft spot for stage actors and he is one of my favorites. He is so worth fan-girling over.

    • 26.3 sorrynotsorry

      He said before ML and reiterated after ML that he was going to do a contemporary next. I would be really surprised if he took on another historical. Also, he said he still gets offered a lot of sajeuk scripts…like all the time. I think his contemporary options are more limited, and in the past he hasn’t seemed as interested in straight romance type dramas which can generally be popular. Reading between the lines….I think he finds them boring. Suck it up LJG…I want a romance heavy drama (well written if you can find one) Ha!

      • 26.3.1 paroles

        I’m hoping that the Seven Kiss or something drama isn’t a fulfillment of the contemporary drama promise.

        • Black

          The 7 kisses, no matter how many times they call it as a drama…it isn’t, it is an extended CF.

      • 26.3.2 Hu

        I guess he is too synonym with sageuk that those writers/ production team would automatically think of him whenever sageuk is concerned.
        He said (during the fan meeting and get together watching last episode of ML) that he received mostly sageuk offers and though tempted, he is determined to do a modern drama next. But I do understand his situation. It is hard to choose when the choices are so limited and you are right, he did said in Healing Camp of how he is uncomfortable with romance genre and he did a lot of action centric drama because he wanted to distant himself from the pretty boy image which been following him since The King and The Clown.

        • Lois

          I think 7 first kisses us a fulfilment of his next drama being a contemporary. He’s just a great actor who does justice to historical dramas. Yes he has done so many historical dramas but what if those are the major offers he gets he can’t just go and tell the producers of a contemporary drama that he wants a role. Scarlet Heart was a big hit for him. Except for the poor female lead. He can act almost anything you give him to. This drama would be perfect. Who won’t want to see a blind Lee Jun ki as a prince and astronomer.

  27. 27 Lydia

    I personally want one of these couples.
    Lee Jun Ki and Han Hyo Joo
    Kim Woo Bin and Kang Sora

    • 27.1 Kylie

      Yeah to Kim woo bin and Kang sora.
      I shipped and imagined them as couple since the first casting offer of Warm & Cozy.
      And, woobin also a good leading lady.
      Please make it happen

      • 27.1.1 Kylie

        * woobin also NEEDS*

      • 27.1.2 Cassy

        Agree! woobin and sora are one of my idea drama pairings. But, I’ve better wished that they will do a modern drama together. Not in sageuks. I don’t think kim woo bin is suited in sageuks. And as a blind astronomer?? Oh no I can’t even imagine.

    • 27.2 Melissa

      +1000000 to Kim Woo bin and Kang sora.

    • 27.3 pogo


      I think they’d actually have great chemistry, based on what I’ve seen of their acting styles and screen presence.

    • 27.4 byullie

      Lee Jun Ki and Han Hyo Joo together would be beautiful ^^

    • 27.5 nchoe

      Kim Woo-bin is such a promising actor. He keeps challenging himself by doing different kind of roles in movies and dramas. I respect him for that.

      I’m curious to see him Sageuk. I hope he’ll consider to do one someday.

  28. 28 jaded14yaoi

    I would love any of the following:

    Yeo Jin Gu
    Moon Geun Young
    Kim Seul Gi
    Yoon Doo Joon

    Given that none of them will probably be offered the roles, I’d just really appreciate two leads who can act well. Even better if they’re really talented and lesser known. I love seeing fresher faces onscreen.

  29. 29 ??

    I would love to see Song Joong Ki as the astronomer. His saeguk is excelent and he has proved he does fusion well too (it’s what rose him to fame, after all).

    For female lead, I would have say Kim Ji Won but maybe descendants is too recent in people minds for that.

    Shin Minah could be a really good pair too.

  30. 30 Lisa_wackycashew

    I’m excited about this simply because I enjoyed both of the drama adaptations before. ^^ Can’t wait to hear who’s getting cast in these roles. The female painter and the blind astronomer already sound so intriguing.

  31. 31 Gladys

    Kim Soo-hyun / Kang So-ra
    Thank you!

    • 31.1 kai

      yayyy! dream pairing indeed

  32. 32 Sweet&Sour

    Interesting, even though I don’t like the Joseon styles, but I liked “The Moon Embraces the Sun”, and if it weren’t for the absolutely terrible/wooden acting of the female lead TMETS might have become a favorite of mine despite its historical setting.

    So I hope that whoever they cast for this drama, will be at least decent in the acting-department. I also hope that there will be enough skinship and kisses to carry a 20 or 16 ep drama. Most importantly, I hope that the story-line will be good, well-executed, and not boring.

    Speaking of historical dramas, I would like to say that “Hwarang” continues to exceed my expectations, so far. So I am being optimistic about it, and hope that it won’t disappoint me later on.

  33. 33 Dini

    Wait, I have some confusion here. The male leads are a blind astronomer and a prince, right ? Or a prince that is a blind astronomer or I’m not in my right mind and read it wrong ?

    • 33.1 Valentina

      I think it’s three different people: blind astronomer, prince, and the official male lead who is also slightly blind/ can only see red

    • 33.2 Sally

      The leading roles are three: the girl who is a painter, the blind astronomer , and the prince

      • 33.2.1 Flightey Gazelles

        O_O I thought it was one person. So, already love triangle *sigh*

        But wait, how can a blind person be an astronomer? Wouldn’t one need sight in order to read the stars? Or maybe he has an apprentice who does the seeing and he does the interpretation.

      • 33.2.2 Lois

        From the little plot we know already it says that she’s going to share lovelines between the blind astronomer and arts enthusiast who is the prince. The blind astronomer can only see the color red. So there are two male leads and one female lead. The blind astronomer the prince and the female painter. These just reminds me of Scarlet Heart with iu dancing between the 4th and 8th prince. I hope the love triangle won’t be as poor as that

    • 33.3 Dini

      I know I didn’t read it wrong. Thanks !

  34. 34 MarieG

    Kim Yoo-jung and Jung Jin-young


    Kim Sae-ron and Nam Joo-hyu

  35. 35 Iris

    Sounds really good… But “Only Joseon era female painter?” What about Shin Saimdang? She was a female painter too (and a poet).
    To be honest, I was not “in love” with either of the previous adaptations from this author. They were just OK in my book.
    Right now, based on your description, I cannot think of an actor who can play this role. Please God, not Kim So Hyun – He is so over-rated. So is the actress Kim So Hyun – I am so tired of seeing her everywhere. Please – not them.

    Right now, the only young actor I can think of who can probably nail the male character is Yeo Jin-Goo. (Well, maybe Baro too.) If he is chosen, I hope they give him a decent leading lady – Go Ah-Sung, Kim Go-Eun, Yoon So-Hee, Kim Sae-Ron, Kim Yoo-Jung would all be great for the female role.

    • 35.1 Kiara

      Same here. I didn’t care much for either show but the young actors were great.

      Yeo Jin-goo is unbeatable in sageuks. He is perfection!
      I would love to see some of my indie girls in a sageuk like Go Ah-sung. I haven’t seen her in anything since Grapevine.

    • 35.2 Flightey Gazelles

      I think the word ‘overrated’ is overrated! Overexposed maybe?

      Kim So Hyun had her first full length leading role in a modern drama. So she still might be a possibility.

      Kim Soo Hyun has been absent since Producers and Moon/Sun was back in 2012. Heard he was shooting sine real movie thats taking forever to come out.

      I don’t know my own dream pairing but I like some that were mentioned.

  36. 36 Danna

    This is exciting because I like the novelist. The source material is always fun despite what the drama outcome turns out to be. I want them to cast this the way they casted Sunkyungkwan scandal though, young and upcoming actors with not too much exposure but enough to know they have acting chops. That’s what made sunkyunkwan special ( in addition to the PD). Moon Sun kinda fell backward with the casting of the older leads. I couldn’t care for anyone except the the two male leads.

  37. 37 Abbie

    I’d like to know if any of this author’s books are available in English? I’d love to read them if they were.

  38. 38 nari

    i just want to see kim ji won.i want to see her in the bride of the water god.she is great actress!

  39. 39 byullie

    This sounds amazing!

    Dream Casting:
    Kim Soo Hyun x Park Bo Young
    Jo In Sung x Han Hyo Joo
    Lee Jun Ki x Moon Chae Won

  40. 40 Leah

    If they’re going for an older cast, I would love to see Jang Hee Jin with either Joo Won or Lee Ji Hoon again. As for a younger cast, I would love to see Kim So Hyun in a historical drama again. I’m not sure who would match her exactly because I don’t want to see her with an idol nor a pretty boy.

    • 40.1 Flightey Gazelles

      Oooh thanks for mentioning Jang Hee Jin!! I first saw and fell in love with her in SWWTN ( can you believe it?). I found her to be so beautiful with this air that spoke of deep mysteries.
      I’d love to see her laughing and carefree. She’s been haunted enough.

      • 40.1.1 Leah

        Exactly! She’s so beautiful. She definitely has the air of an elegant lady. I find her so refined. I would love to see her as the main character with a great storyline. True, I’d to see her be joyous but I’d take it any way.

  41. 41 Cheliwel

    If only Kim Yoo jung and Yeo Jin Goo were a bit older….I would love to see them reunite as leads in a saeguk drama. They shined (along with the rest of the younger cast) in TMTETS.

  42. 42 Verte

    Jung Il Woo!

    • 42.1 sorrynotsorry

      Love him, but he just enlisted a few weeks ago.

  43. 43 ran

    I’m getting excited reading through the news until ‘2018 broadcast’… what?? noo

  44. 44 ashablue

    Nam Ji Hyun the actress or Kang Sora.

  45. 45 Cheliwel

    I’m sure improbable but how about Yoo Ah In and Kim So Eun? They had good chemistry in that one drama.

    • 45.1 nchoe

      Yoo Ah-in will be enlisted soon (or has he enlisted already?). He even already shaved his hair.

  46. 46 Lily

    The plot sounds quite interesting but they need to do good casting as well to make it success.

    How about Park Hae Jin & Kang So Ra or Park Bo Geum & Kim Go Eun as the main leads. I would throw everything away to participate for this drama.

    • 46.1 kai

      woooh that would be double reunion…yay! sora and haejin from doctor stranger / bogum and go eun from coin locker girl 🙂

  47. 47 sharreb

    Hmm both The Moon That Embraces the Sun and Sungkyunkwan Scandal casted a male lead that wasnt famous for theur sageuk prowess.
    Rather than wondering about the cast, im thinking who will helm as driector and scriptwriter. The elements in both novels are to my liking. And currently the sypnopsis for this one is really interesting too. I root for the blind astronomer already.
    Since the title of the show centres on the guy i hope they cast a really good actress who CAN act. Drama gods listen to our fervent prayer. I need another good casting just like Ruler of the mask.

    • 47.1 sharreb

      oops havent had coffee.. so much typos in my comment.

      i mean ‘cenres on the girl’

  48. 48 sohyang

    Sorry but could we have park so dam here? I miss her
    Or park ha sun would be okay. She’s so hilarious in drinking solo

  49. 49 Min

    So, the drama is pre-produced and will be airing in 2018?

    Can we just get Gong Yoo to be in it? I mean, I atleast wanted to see him in a sageuk drama once.. Oh God, I can actually imagine how good he would look in the joseon sageuk garb.. Gaaaaaaaaaaah..

    But then, if he wanted to be in the drama, can they choose atleast someone who is not too young and actually can act decently in period drama…

  50. 50 Jiraya

    ******Kim yoo jung and yoo ah in ( too much visual and perfect faces for seaguk, also she will be adult in 2018)
    *****kim yoo jung and yeo jin goo ( most awaited reunion for me.)
    ****park bo gum and park bo young ( too much talent at one platform, but i wonder if he will take another seaguk so soon)
    ***park shin hye and song jong ki ( yes! Yes! Yea!!!)
    **park shin hye and kim soo hyun ( too much talent at one platform)

    • 50.1 fanitha

      I so agree with you!!

      kim yoo jung and yeo jin goo is a reunion I’m dying to see!!!

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