How many different ways can Lee Jun-ki look ethereally beautiful in sageuk garb? After all the many historical projects he’s done thus far (King and the Clown, Iljimae, Arang and the Magistrate, Joseon Gunman, Scholar Who Walks the Night) you’d think he’d start repeating looks, but apparently when you’re Lee Jun-ki, you never run out of ways to be gorgeous.
We’re still waiting on an airdate for the anticipated fantasy-romance remake (of Chinese Bu Bu Jing Xin) drama Scarlet Heart: Goryeo, but we are at least starting to get glimpses of the ongoing shoots, however brief they may be. I suppose I’ll take the trickle over no trickle, though I can’t help but feeling greedy for more.
These shots are certainly very pretty, as you would expect of a show directed by PD Kim Kyu-tae (It’s Okay, It’s Love and That Winter, the Wind Blows) and starring Lee Jun-ki (Scholar Who Walks the Night) and IU (The Producers). One of these days, Lee Jun-ki will film a good sageuk again, right? Right? That thought is what keeps me coming back time after time, even if I’ve been more disappointed (Scholar, Joseon Gunman) than not (Arang and the Magistrate). But hope keeps us all alive.
Kang Hanna, Seohyun
There were no shakeups in the casting for the Korean drama remake of Bu Bu Jing Xin — everyone who was courted signed on, and now Kang Hanna (Mom, Miss Korea) and Girls’ Generation idol Seohyun (Passionate Love) have joined the main cast as princesses.
There has been a title change though, and the drama is no longer called Moon Lovers; it has instead adopted the original Chinese drama’s title Bu Bu Jing Xin and gone with Bobogyungshim: Ryeo. The ryeo (literally meaning “brilliant/shining”) is a reference to Goryeo, the dynasty and time period for the adaptation. Taken literally, this amounts to something like: Step by Step Red Heart (Go)ryeo. You can imagine how awkward this is to translate. So we’re calling it Scarlet Heart: Goryeo, for sense and sanity’s sake.
We finally have a possible leading lady for Moon Lovers, the Korean drama remake of Chinese time-slip fusion sageuk Bu Bu Jing Xin. IU (The Producers) is currently entertaining an offer to headline opposite Lee Jun-ki (Scholar Who Walks the Night), in what would be her first historical drama. The singer-actress has been involved in some controversy over her latest album this past year, but I’ve always liked her in dramas and think she’d make a good time-traveling heroine who steals princes’ hearts.
Hong Jong-hyun, Baekhyun
More casting updates for the Bu Bu Jing Xin remake! The Korean version is titled Moon Lovers and now reports that Hong Jong-hyun (Mama, Dating Agency Cyrano) and EXO idol Baekhyun are positively considering joining the fusion time-traveling period romance drama.
As previously announced, Lee Jun-ki (Scholar Who Walks the Night) and Kang Haneul (Misaeng) are in talks for leading roles. Both are reportedly still considering, which means nobody’s a final lock yet, though at least we can start to get a general feel for the cast based on who they’re courting. (Also, news reports had announced that Hwang Jung-eum was in contention to play the time-traveling main character, but her reps immediately quashed those rumors, stating that she was not doing the project.)
According to latest reports, Lee Jun-ki (Scholar Who Walks the Night) is considering taking on the remake of the popular Chinese drama Bu Bu Jing Xin, retitled Moon Lovers, with his management confirming that he has received the offer. All the usual caveats apply, about how the discussions are positive but not yet finalized, etc.
In the original series, the present-day heroine traveled back in time to land in the Qing dynasty, leading to romantic entanglements with several Qing princes. The K-drama remake will take place during the early Goryeo era (mid to late 10th century), but while the historical background will be entirely different, I think we can expect many of the same narratives and themes to play out in the new version. With a K-drama twist, of course, which probably means we’ll have more angsty love triangles, a coup attempt or twenty, and star-crossed everything. (I dunno about you, but I think Fate could stand to go on holiday. Who needs destiny to screw you over when we’re so very capable of doing that ourselves?)
This is unexpected, but Lee Jun-ki is heading to Hollywood in the sixth and last installment of the sci-fi action-horror franchise Resident Evil, titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. Details of his role have not been released, but he did travel recently to South Africa for filming after he wrapped on his MBC vampire-romance drama Scholar Who Walks the Night, and lead star Milla Jovovich uploaded a selfie today of the two together on her Instagram account (below).
The film series, based on the video game series of the same name, released its first film in 2002, starring Jovovich as the lead character. At the center of the plot is the evil company Umbrella Corporation, which conducts dangerous genetic research and develops bioweapons, and is responsible for spreading a deadly virus that causes people to mutate into zombies.
It did seem to take an awfully long time to get here (some weeks were longer than others, to be sure), but now that it’s time to say goodbye to scholar-nim, I find that I’ve grown pretty attached. Or is that just the Lee Jun-ki Effect? At least Scholar Who Walks the Night knew to save the best and bloodiest for last—the buildup (and buildup, and buildup) finally pays off in a mighty battle that brings the house down.
The show sure is stepping it up for its last couple of weeks; I’m really pleased with the flow of emotions and relationship developments in the past couple of episodes, heading into our finale tomorrow. Scholar Who Walks the Night certainly wasn’t without its missteps and had a pretty wide range of ups and downs, but I’m glad that at least it looks poised to wrap up with some nice character moments and emotional layers. Though as we know, it ain’t over till it’s over.