Prince and pauper trade identities in Ruler–Master of the Mask
A prince and a pauper who share the same name, love the same girl, and share one identity as the crown prince behind a mask—what could possibly go wrong? The newest teaser for MBC’s spring historical melodrama Ruler–Master of the Mask highlights the relationship between Yoo Seung-ho (Remember–Son’s War), the prince forced to hide his face behind a mask, and L (She’s So Lovable) as the commoner who becomes the prince’s stand-in. It has all the makings of a bromance gone wrong, which sort of makes me want it to go epically wrong, if that’s the road we’re headed down. Angst is no good in half-doses!
Yoo Seung-ho stars as a lonely crown prince who wants to change the country and become a true leader, and he fights against a secret organization led by Heo Joon-ho (Beautiful Mind) that wants to privatize the nation’s water supply. L plays the son of a butcher, a brilliant young man hampered by his lowborn status. He loves the heroine, played by Kim So-hyun (Bring It On, Ghost), and happens to have the same name as the prince (yeah that’s not going to be confusing or anything). The prince will save the butcher’s son from ruining his life for revenge, and their fates will be inextricably linked when L dons the prince’s mask to be his stand-in.
The first video below is just a short character teaser for Yoo Seung-ho. The copy reads: “The crown prince underneath the mask becomes the true ruler.” The newest teaser begins with Heo Joon-ho’s character demanding for the prince to be brought before him, and Yoo Seung-ho confronts him wearing his mask. The copy reads: “I dream of becoming a true ruler, not a scarecrow.” As assassins come by the horde and the prince is brought to his knees, he asks the butcher’s son to take his place. Next thing we know, L is in the prince’s robes, and Yoo Seung-ho is dressed as a eunuch, fighting with his sword.
Afterwards, they switch clothes back to their rightful positions, and the prince says in voiceover, “You are me.” But then the teaser ends with L’s voiceover, as we flash from a shot of the real prince to the fake one: “I am the crown prince of Joseon, Lee Sun.” Dun dun dun! Are you just getting into character, or are you reluctant to let go once you’ve had a taste of true power?
Ruler–Master of the Mask follows Radiant Office on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning May 10.
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