47

Woo Do-hwan signs on for The King: Eternal Ruler with Kim Go-eun, Lee Min-ho

Casting continues for writer Kim Eun-sook’s new drama The King: Eternal Ruler. The management for actor Woo Do-hwan (The Great Seducer) has confirmed that he’s been accepted a part alongside Lee Min-ho (Legend of the Blue Sea) and Kim Go-eun (The Lonely Shining Goblin).

The crux of the fantasy romance revolves around the chaos that is caused when a gateway opens up between two Koreas in parallel universes. In one dimension, Korea is a monarchy ruled by Emperor Lee Gon (played by Lee Min-ho), whose goal is to close the portal and stop the demons that have entered his world through the gateway. However, his motives are at odds with police officer Jung Tae-il (played by Kim Go-eun) who comes from the Korea that we are familiar with as “real.” Although closing the portal may ultimately be good for both Koreas, instinctively her first and foremost priority is to protect people and to protect the lives of the people she loves.

Similar to Kim Go-eun having parallel counterparts in both worlds, Woo Do-hwan has also been offered a dual role. In the “real” Korea, he would be playing an ordinary public service worker by the name of Jo Eun-seop. And in the parallel Korean empire, he would be taking on the role of Jo Young, who is Emperor Lee Gon’s personal bodyguard.

The King: Eternal Ruler is currently still in the planning stages and is set to air sometime in the first half of 2020. In the meantime, we will be seeing Woo Do-hwan back in dramaland this autumn when JTBC’s My Country airs in September.

Via Sports Seoul, YTN

RELATED POSTS

Tags: , ,

47

Required fields are marked *

I’m happy for him and I think it’s a fun choice! What a big break, and I bet he’ll have great chemistry with Kim Go Eun. SLS may be coming my way (or maybe he’ll have a great secondary pairing like Reaper/Sunny... there are lots of actresses I’d like to see him with and to get a career boost too—Gong Seung Yeon! ) I didn’t love him in Great Seducer, but I did in Mad Dog and Save Me, so I’m ready to love again...

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Korea as a monarchy is now going to be the "next big thing," since it already went over so well with the queen's dignity.

1
5
reply

Required fields are marked *

really? I thought a lot of people hated it. I mean I did ^^;;;;

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

They don’t want it. They just watch it because the palace makjang never gets old.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

It was very popular with Goong back in the day...

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh ha, sorry I meant Queen's Dignity. I thought people hated that drama

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

It was total, over the top makjang but with some of the best actors in Korea, so it was my guilty pleasure.

Yes, it was a hot mess, but a fun hot mess and it got really high ratings in Korea.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Is it odd that I hope he, if a romance, is the one paired with Kim Go-eun ? I dont even know why i want this. I've only seen him in Tempted and Lee Min ho in Boys Over Flowers.

1
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

You should watch Woo Do Hwan in Mad Dog. He's especially delicious in that one *fans myself*

7
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, I want him as the romantic lead too.

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Maybe it would be cool if he was the romantic lead and Min ho was the lead of show and becomes their best friend. Maybe he could be a devoted husband already.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Wow, what a smart move for a rising young actor whose next role is awaited by many with curiosity.

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

OMG, yessss! I'm sold. I hope the otp would be KGE and WDH.

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm really sad about this, I've been waiting for his comeback, but I rebuke Kim Eun Sook, damn.

4
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Aw man please don't do this to me!! I hate sci fi with a passion but if you keep adding actors that I'm in love with, it's going to be so hard not to watch!!!

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

ooo playing a personal bodyguard role. this should be interesting. those characters always tug on my heart strings lol

3
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

They should release as a theme of the month "Your favourite bodyguard" :D

7
reply

Required fields are marked *

I agree. There's this thing about bodyguards that hurts so much.

4
reply

Required fields are marked *

Could his role be changed to the crown prince instead who is also at odds with the king and joins forces with Kim Go Eun’s character?

5
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hum.. Lee Min Ho is not lucky with second male. In Heirs, Kim Won Bin stole the show and honestly I can picture Woo Do Hwan doing the same for this drama.

I'm waiting for news about Woo Do Hwan's sageuk >_<

5
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is my expectation as well. Woo Do-Hwan is super charismatic on screen, I think he will act circles around Lee Min-ho.

4
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes. He certainly can act a wider range more convincingly.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

LMH just lacks acting range. I can already see the kind of character he’ll play in this drama. WDH will for sure out-act him IF KES gives WDH enough room to wiggle around.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

totally agree. but i admit i am totally hoping they've written a character within LMH's range (read: Faith) because he is a delight in that range.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

He might be has more chemistry with Kim Go Eun than with Lee Min Hoo. But we will see. I prefer both leads have chemiatry with Kim Go Eun. Hoping it will do well for Go eun.

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

YESSSSSSSS! Now bring on Kim Seul-gi and I'll be a happy beluga :)

3
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Woo Do Hwan is very tempting… But I already lasted through The Great Seducer for him. And he’s not the main lead this time so I’m probably gonna pass. The dual role sounds like a nice challenge though. He'll be back on the small screen soon anyway. *excited*

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Right from the first announcement I did not think THE GREAT SEDUCER was the right project for Woo Do-hwan. MAD DOG was such a great drama and he was a big part of it. I remember fondly the recaps and comments-a lot of fun. For its run, TGS’s average AGB Nielsen rating was 2.2%.
I was excited when he joined the cast of MY COUNTRY and now I am looking forward to his appearance in THE KING: ETERNAL RULER. Good luck WDH!

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Happy for him as he hit it big as we all know koreans adore Kim Eun Sook's dramas...

Shoot me but i kinda wished he was the lead(maybe because i wanted to see as lead a talented actor that wasn't a superstar),at least im anticipating his dual role,this would be fun and already wait to see the two meet...

2
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

*menboong*

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

You had me at Woo Do-Hwan. I will watch anything he is in. I also like Kim Go-Eun.

2
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm in a dilemma, I dislike almost every work of KES (with a couple of exceptions), and totally not a fan of Lee Min Ho, but I like Kim Go Eun and Woo Do-Hwan a lot. Oh, dilemma, dilemma... maybe I should just toss a coin, head: I watch, tail: I don't 😂😂

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Don't do it, even if Lee Min Ho manages to show more than the 2 emotions he is familiar with, guaranteed KES will destroy your blood pressure with nonsense. 😂 Kim Go Eun and Woo Do Han will not save you from that, no matter how charming. 😂

3
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

LOL.... I wasn't gonna watch when it was only Kim Go Eun, figured she won't be able to safe me from doom all on her own, but then KES adds Woo Do-Hwan to the mix, hence the dilemma 😂 I actually watched Mr. Sunshine when I ran out of dramas I wanted to watch at that time, and I thought she couldn't possibly botch a story with that time period as background, so I gave it a go, and was relieved to find it as 'not too bad.' (so that's one of the exceptions I mentioned 😁)

3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Kim eun sook is now an expert in casting 2nd leads that are far more appealing than the main leads, lol.

5
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

i'll agree with this heartily and add that she's a lot better at WRITING second leads, too.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Man, just the premise and casting of this show torture me greatly, how am i supposed to watch it now? On one hand, i detest Kim Eun-sook and Lee Min Ho (sorry LMH’s fan, but i just gotta say it: he’s got no range as an actor, I only watch his dramas because of the female leads, and even Jeon Ji-Hyun couldn’t save him). On the other hand, i absolutely adore Kim Go-eun and Woo Do-hwan. They’re capable of soooooo muchhhhh. I wish they’d stick together in the end, but what am i even thinking? LMH is the male lead... i’m so torn!
PS: KGE should choose projects that are more female-centric, Cheese in the trap is a mess, but at least she got room to act the hell out of it...

4
6
reply

Required fields are marked *

Well LMH not getting range as an actor is your opinion does not mean anyone agree with you.. How can you detest a human being that has never offended you, you haven't met him before yet you said you detest him... You might not like him as an actor but that does not mean he is a bad actor and if you don't want to watch the drama please kindly excuse we that want to watch it

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I don’t need your agreement nor your validation, though. I hate him as an actor and think he’s bad, and i’m entitled to my opinion. It’s ridiculous that you think i cannot hate his acting based on what i saw. And please don’t get me wrong, i don’t detest him as a person, nor did i insult him. I just don’t like him being paired with an actress who i think can act well. If he manages to improve, good for the film and i may change my mind. But till then, please let me keep my opinion that he’s bad at acting.
And didn’t i comment that i was torn about watching the show? I know you’re upset when i criticize your idol but hey, keep your cool, no actors or actresses can and should avoid it.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

All of this accurate, except for the torn part. 😂

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Well for me to be truth, Jeon Ji Hyun is not making an effort to act in LOTBS to begin with. Lee Min Hoo is trying to act in that drama, though the result is not what he expecting. Well, WIth that mess of script It's hard to find any sincerity.

I can see LMH is making an effort in this drama, might be turn think around, since he is getting hate from knetz even bfore it's started. But this is KES drama. If this is turn out to be a well made script I will feel abit confident he can.

2
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Tbh, i do hope he manages to improve more than i sound because of KGE and WDH. Maybe i’ll drop in for the first few eps to see how things are going.

1
reply

Required fields are marked *

i honestly believe that LMH can deliver if and only if he's in a pressured situation and there is no real range required (see: Faith--where he was the third choice for the role, and where the character was within his range). And in that case, he really delivers.

I am hoping that negative netzies, the time off in the military, and the realization that "HEEEEY lots of younger hotter guys came in while you were in the military---you gotta step it up" will force him out of his cushy comfort zone. And that they'll have written a character that within his range. I have a hard time watching him usually, but the rest of this show has just SO much potential to me. SO much. i am desperately hoping it's not wasted. (Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.)

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

That show looks soooo promising on paper ! But I am wary of having high expectations that could go down the drain reaaally fast (couldn't finish The Heirs, it was horrible...). I didn't finish The Great Seducer either, but the few episodes I saw with Woo Do Hwan, I liked his acting ! Actually I couldn't finish Goblin either (couldn't stand Kim Go Eun's character and the slow pace), so I will see, since I really liked her in Cheese in the Trap (but let's not talk about that show's ending).
Let's just wait and see then :)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Been hearing DRAMABEANS SITE is full of negative commenters especially towards LMH. I didn't want to believe it but now it's very obvious. Poor guy his name is likes a graffiti art.

1
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Any critism make you improve. I actually glad he gets critics, so he can evaluate his acting and try to prove doubters wrong.

2
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm not sure how am i supposed to believe that's WDH is LMH's bodyguard in the drama i mean i love WDH but he's physically smaller than ex model tall LMH. why do i feel this role was made initially for KWB like a reunion of the two but WDH replaced him as he give a little bit similar vibe but not height wise.

1
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Currently Airing

Prime-Time Shows This Week
Monday-Tuesday (March 30-31) Wednesday-Thursday (April 1-2) Weekend (April 3-5)