Empress Ki casts Ha Ji-won’s rivals
Baek Jin-hee, Kim Seo-hyung, Yoon Ah-jung
We’ve got more casting additions for MBC’s upcoming Monday-Tuesday sageuk epic Empress Ki (formerly called Hwatu), starring Ha Ji-won as the Goryeo-born woman who becomes a Yuan empress. Baek Jin-hee (I Summon You, Gold) has recently joined the cast as a rival for Ji Chang-wook’s affections — he plays the Yuan emperor who takes Ha Ji-won as his consort, while Baek Jin-hee is the wife his family has arranged for him to marry. Oh, ancient kings and their messed up love lives.
Baek Jin-hee’s marriage to Ji Chang-wook will be a political one, but that doesn’t mean she won’t be upset about the fact that he falls in love with another woman. She’ll face off with Ha Ji-won in an effort to be the emperor’s only love. Poor Baek Jin-hee; history tells us it doesn’t go well for her. While Baek Jin-hee will be the rival for love, it’s Kim Seo-hyung’s empress dowager who will be the heroine’s political rival. She holds the true power, especially considering that Ji Chang-wook’s character starts out a young and politically weak ruler.
On the Goryeo side of things, we’ve got Joo Jin-mo as the hero, the Goryeo king who’s also in love with the heroine. Yoon Ah-jung (Hundred Year Inheritance) has been cast as a Yuan-born princess who gets married off to a Goryeo king. (So basically she’s the Bizarro Empress Ki? I’m getting the sense that these countries did a whole lot of political consort trading, and it’s starting to squick me out.) She gets married off to a king who’s old enough to be her father… and she’ll end up Joo Jin-mo’s stepmother. Weird.
The 50-episode historical drama comes from the writing team behind History of the Salaryman and Giant, and follows Goddess of Fire Jung-yi on Mondays and Tuesdays this fall. It premieres October 28.