Kim So-hyun cast as gisaeng-in-training for KBS sageuk rom-com
I’ve been wondering when we’d get to see her back in dramaland! Kim So-hyun (Radio Romance) has confirmed that she will star in the upcoming KBS adaptation of hit webtoon Nok-doo Jeon, a play on the male lead’s name Jeon Nok-doo but which also literally translates to Mung Bean Pancake. Kim So-hyun will play the female lead, Dong Dong-joo in the adaptation, a tone-deaf gisaeng-in-training with two left feet, metaphorically speaking. I like the culinary theme to the names: Dongdongjoo is a type of traditional rice wine, often served with savory pancakes.
Nok-doo Jeon is a sageuk rom-com set in a strictly women-only community in Joseon, nicknamed the “widow village.” The main hero, who wants to avoid getting married, sneaks into the widow village dressed up as a woman, and meets Kim So-hyun’s character, a feisty, hot-tempered gisaeng-in-training who is completely lacking in terms of musical talent. Which doesn’t exactly bode well for her future as a gisaeng. But thankfully, she has skills in other areas, and is commonly referred to as Jang Young-sil in her village for her ability to make anything with her tools (Jang Young-sil was a famed inventor who served in King Sejong’s court).
Directing the adaptation is Kim Dong-hwi, who helmed Fight My Way, and penning the script are writers Im Ye-jin and Baek So-yeon. I’m excited to see Im Ye-jin’s name, because she also co-wrote Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, itself an adaptation of a web novel. Nok-doo Jeon will also be a reunion between writer and actress: Im Ye-jin was a writer for Who Are You—School 2015.
Nok-doo Jeon is slated to premiere in September of this year. As for me, I’ll be waiting to see which actor the show thinks is pretty enough to pass as a woman. Thoughts, beanies?