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Jin Se-yeon offered cable sageuk romance Grand Prince

Jin Se-yeon did pretty well in the sageuk realm with her last drama, 2016’s MBC weekend series Flower in Prison, and may be heading back to the Joseon era for her next project, having been offered a new project in the works titled Grand Prince, to air on cable channel TV Chosun. The story is centered around one woman who gets caught up in a bloody romance with two princes, which is a familiar setup but can be quite convincing when done well (see: Seven Day Queen).

The drama will tell the story of a man who would kill even his younger brother to have the object of his love, the woman who wants to keep the world at a distance, and the intense desires and pure feelings that they experience. Touted as being more than just a simple good-versus-evil showdown, the drama purports to intertwine the bromance between the royal brothers with both love and hate, and also tell of the fierce rivalry among the women of the royalty in claiming the ultimate position of queen. If that still sounds a little vague to you, it may help you draw a mental picture to know that Grand Prince will be written by the writer of Maids (which offered an upstairs-downstairs look at the lives of servants in great households), Jo Hyun-jung. Directing is PD Kim Jung-min of Princess’s Man and Joseon Gunman—so at the very least, I expect this show will look beautiful.

The role Jin Se-yeon has been offered is that of a young woman beloved by all named Sung Ja-hyun, the daughter of a prestigious government official. She’s so famous for her beauty that she has prospective suitors lined up from all over the country vying for her hand. She’s inherited her scholarly father’s personality; she possesses a strong sense of compassion and righteousness, and tackles things with passion.

I can’t say I’ll ever be thrilled to hear of a Jin Se-yeon casting, since she’s always been dogged with a lot of acting criticism, which in my opinion has been deserved (see: Doctor Stranger, Age of Feeling, Five Fingers, It’s Okay Daddy’s Girl). But Flower in Prison was the first time I heard her acting performance receiving general praise, so she seems to be on the upswing, and I won’t write her off. I’ll wait to hear of the casting of the princes before getting too excited, though!

Grand Prince is aiming for a January 2018 broadcast on TV Chosun.

Via Joongang

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This sounds like a revengeful drama I'm expecting a lot

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She pretty but.. They shoud cast two really strong male lead.

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Two awesome brothers who decide that their brotherhood is worth more than some pretty girl.

I would watch THAT drama.

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Then the two brothers ride off into the sunset and leave the girl alone.

-the end-

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I love this ending

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I don't think she did well in Flower In Prison either, I watched several epi in the beginning, middle and ending -her acting was nothing to write home about, there was a little improvement but not consistent - still has that one expression, same goes to her speaking tone. People who praised her probably loved her character more than her acting. She might be lesser actress than Shin Se-kyung in my book, with SSK I at least liked her in her sageuks and Girl Who Sees Smell.

PD is solid, writer is so-so, I don't know if I loved Maids or not, but I finished it regardless at times I felt dragging. The only interesting character until the end was Kim Dong-wook's character imo. If based on Maids, this is going to be a pretty heavy sageuk melodrama, and might not have many fluffy romance in the beginning. Kind of sageuk that I want to watch, but Jin Se-yeon might be a turn off again. Let's see who will be the male leads.

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I haven't see any of these drams but I did watch Gaksital, and i thought Jin Se Yeon was the only weak link in an otherwise memorable cast. The whole drama would have been better without her character - as would Doctor Stranger, but then again, that whole drama would have been better if it had just stopped at episode 4.

*sigh* I don't think I'll be watching this one (though I may catch the beginning if any one of my many oppas is cast as a male lead). :D

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She is pretty and can sing,that I wish she should just be a singer instead of actress (I read that she was an idol trainee). She started to become a leading lady very early (5-6 years ago) despite of lack of acting chop & inexperienced, considering she is just 23 y.o this year and not a child actress either. I think she might slightly better in romcom and light roles, but her choices mostly heavy roles/ melodrama which made her weaknessess are obvious.

With Jin Se-yeon, you should be ready, maybe one of your oppas will be casted. LOL.

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Whoa that's so young! No wonder she couldn't keep up with the gravitas required for Gaksital.
Hahahaha I'm not in support of this casting with one of my many oppas, but if it must be the case, then ... may this be Jin Se Yeon's breakthrough drama! The one where she finally proved all her critics wrong. :D

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I'm really tired of this 'natural beauties' who can't act even after so many years or only have mediocre acting even with a writer and PD's best effort.

Just because they didn't have a nose job or double eyelid surgery, doesn't make them fit for lead roles.

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Triggered LJS fan LOL. You run around here advertising how good actor Lee Jong Suk is when he is only mediocre actor. Yet you’re here saying that ’’Just because they didn't have a nose job or double eyelid surgery, doesn't make them fit for lead roles’’. Literally, no one is casting them because of natural looks or plastic surgery free face. They are probably cast because production team thinks they’ll bring in viewers, they’ll have lower fees or they’ll do a good enough job to be passable.

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She is serviceable with a brief appearance ("The Duo") to terribly bland and uninspiring in a full sageuk ("Flower in Prison"). Jung Da-bin should've stuck around for the whole show.
She is so freaking lucky to keep getting lead roles over the more talented actresses in this genre.

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She has a weird expression, when she tries to show any emotion it looks like she's always pissed off and when she doesn't it's like she's trying to mind her expressions and look pretty for the camera while staying blank. She's really not lead role material.

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Well as long as they don't cast my faves...

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i wonder how on earth, her and shin se kyung can get all this lead roles all the time, seriously both of them sucks.

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it's obviously because of visuals. they just have to look pretty and that's it.

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I feel like Shin Se Kyung is inconsistent/awkward but can pull through once in a while and even be charming at times. It's rather unfair to loop her together with Jin Se Yeon who is not only a weak actress but also very bland. It baffles me how she keeps getting leading roles!

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yea... I actually liked Shin Se Kyung in The Girl Who Sees Smells, but everything else... but I've never like Jin Se Yeon. Ever. Ruins every drama for me.

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Her scenes with Han Suk Kyu in Tree With Deep Roots were actually the best part of that drama so I guess she really needs strong guidance and co-actors to bring out her best

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So, the Sageuk version of Cain and Abel? Ouch, I hate love triangle whether it is rom-com or Sageuk. Anyway I watched Flower in Prison, I just wonder why people criticize her much meanwhile a lot of worse actress than her. I'm not a fan of Jin Se-yeon but I like her bubble charms (Knowing Bros Ep. 52). Well I don't mind to give a try for Grand Prince. It much help if same-aged rookie actors to be cast for Two princes..

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Ikr! People are just criticizing her and commenting about her acting skills and all wile they probably can't even act in her place!

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Hmmm.... I don't know....

Incidentally, Flower in Prison was my first ever KDrama, and so I have nothing to compare Jin Se-yeon's performance to, but she was not good in that drama. I mean, she was okay in the beginning, but as the story progressed, her acting remained static. Anyway that whole show was problematic, so it could be a case of it being the show me, and not her.

Either way, we live to see.

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Jin Se Yeon did well in Flower in Prison. Seagull suits her more than modern drama

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Lol I see that your auto-correct is very snarky.

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I'd watch her in a drama if she was wearing a seagull suit!

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Finally we get to see her in another historical drama after The Flower in Prison. She did a fantastic job in that role. I was hoping for a modern spy thriller with lots of actions. But then this Joseon drama will be just another drama to watch. Only hope she has action scene in this new drama. Looking forward to see her on the small screen.

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*sigh* sometimes I wonder how all these untalented people can still get roles... any why PD's or literally anyone would want to work with them.

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Her last drama did yield good ratings.. maybe directors think that that’s good enough? Or maybe she’s got connections, we’ll never know...

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That drama was a MBC weekend drama in a time slot where even a stick of wood in the lead role will always get 20 percent.

The question is, who thought to give her that after KBS and SBS stopped working with her?

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"Flower in Prison" was Lee Byung-hoon's last sageuk before retiring. He's produced and directed a lot of hit sageuks throughout his career, Dae Jang-geum, Hur Jun, Yi-san, Sangdo, Ballad of Seodong , Dong Yi etc etc.
Ratings were expected to do well regardless. He has a lot of followers evers since Hur Jun (1999-2000).

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I missed her so much! I don't really like sageuks but I'll watch it for her.

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She's one of those people who really shows what lookism can bring as benefits.

People would not find her so bad if she at least had some humbleness about her 'one tone' acting or was good at acting. And anyway now there are actresses in her age group like Nam Ji Hyun, Kim Ji Won and Chae Soo Bin who are much more talented and finally getting public broadcast lead roles, there's no more need for someone like her now, and no more excuses about her age to justify her acting (some of those girls are same age or younger).

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Oh, god. When you said there would be a new sageuk, AND it would be a love triangle which is not purely good-and-evil, I got super-excited, because love triangles with a dark lead is my guilty pleasure. However, in regards to it being like Seven-Days Queen, I got immediately worried.

SDQ had every reason to become bad, but it wasn't. Every episode I was excited and thought none was less than what came before. Even then, though, I worried for the next episode, because I was afraid that THIS would be it, this would be the moment when the show could not carry some of its more silly elements. But it managed it with only a few hickups, and it carried everything with heart from both writer, director and ALL actors.

I feel like SDQ was a rare show that managed all that, and part of it was because of how the love triangle was made up. The brothers already were at odds, they already hated each other or were bound to hate each other. Them loving the same woman was simply the nail in the coffin that could never reopen anyway, and so the woman was never at fault for ruining the bromance, which many people are prone to blame the female lead for doing. Furthermore, the actress for Chae-Kyung was wonderful in portraying the character's naivite but dignity, and the character was not a Mary Sue; the world recognized she was pretty, but also that she was naive, not extremely intelligent and would not survive in the castle. (For me, a Mary Sue is such if the world bends around to make them look good) Still she never let the brothers make her into a chess piece, and even at her most humiliating moments she insisted on having agency and making her own choices. Many details that made HER and the romance the center of the story, and not the bromance that got ruined "because of a girl" (let us be honest, any relationship that is ruined because of a third party is likely to not have been that strong, which is why SDQ didn't have much of it).

For me, the one saving grace in The King Loves' love triangle, where the bromance was broken because of a girl, was that the show made sure to make it clear that the girl was NOT at fault; she valued the friendship of the trio, and even between the boys, so much she was willing to hide her true feelings to protect it, but it was the one boy who had early shown an unhealthy idea of possession that made it worse.

That is why I'm worried if this drama will be able to make a good love triangle. I have hopes, but after being spoiled by the Seven-Day Queen and Live Up To Your Name (after the female lead's abusive tendensies stopped), I am worried about having too high expectations.

I remember I watched Flowers in Prison a while ago, but I don't remember much with the acting. I guess the romance didn't interest me more because I didn't find much chemistry and I found the actors in the romance old compared to the actress. Also I feel the director's other dramas have some awkward love triangles that feel tacked on...

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i don't want to sound mean but Jin Seyeon is not THE actress i want as lead in any drama. she doesn't improve at all. She got that constipated look in every drama she's in, both saeguk & modern. Maybe she should try comedy. who knows it might work.

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Thanks God, many of my favs are either in the army or currently have a drama airing or set to have one... I won't let her ruin another drama for me. She hasn't improved and never will. She's a lost cause.

*FYI, I watched Gaksital, Five Fingers, Dr Stranger (dropped this one, it was the first time I dropped a LJS drama :/)

On topic : Bet, they will either kill her character off or the boys will run away from her lol...anyway good luck to the actors who will be cast alongside her. They'll sure need it.

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How will you know whether she will improve? Would you do any better if it was you acting in her place?! NO!!!

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When is the exact date and day the drama is going to be aired on TV and which days of the week will it be aired? Please let me know cuz I'm eager to watch it.

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SERIOUSLY WHY IS EVERYBODY LEAVING HATE COMMENTS ABOUT JIN SE YEON?! THIS IS NOT A SITE FOR YOU TO LEAVE BAD COMMENTS ABOUT AN ACTRESS. This site was supposed to let you know that Jin Se Yeon was offered a role. That's all. Why all those hate comments about her acting skills, pretty face and expressions?! WILL YOU DO ANY BETTER IF IT WAS YOU ACTING IN HER PLACE?!

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She is an ACTRESS ! Thats her job to act well oh gosh!

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