Lee Jun-ki and Nam Sang-mi for Joseon Gunman
Yesssss. Casting is firming up on KBS’s Joseon Gunman, with Lee Jun-ki confirming taking the lead (which we knew he’d been considering for a while) and Nam Sang-mi signing on (probably, almost) as his co-star.
I love both actors, so I’m thrilled with the pairing and will be hoping that Nam Sang-mi’s casting is finalized soon. Plus they’ve already worked together before (on 2007’s thriller Time of Dog and Wolf), and even shared smooches! I see no downside to this.
To refresh your memory on the plot (as though “Joseon Gunman” didn’t tell it all), this drama unfolds in 19th-century Joseon as our hero trades sword for gun in embarking on a revenge mission to avenge his father—Joseon’s last great swordsman—and his sister. In the process, he also becomes a hero of the people. Nam Sang-mi is up for the lead role of a young woman who was raised in a very sheltered life, but through the twists of fate develops into a strong, tough modern woman.
On paper it sure sounds a lot like The Princess’s Man, which is a comparison that probably will continue since that was directed by Joseon Gunman’s PD Kim Jung-min. But that’s not a bad thing to be compared to since The Princess’s Man was a pretty awesome sageuk and if this one turns out anything like that one, I’d welcome it. (That drama was set amidst a very specific historical event that won’t be present here, though, so perhaps the story will set itself apart.) The writers for Joseon Gunman are less known to me but seem promising; they’ll be a two-person team with Lee Jung-woo of Comrades and Han Hee-jung of a couple of Drama Special episodes.
Joseon Gunman is set to take over the Wednesday-Thursday timeslot from yet another revenge drama (which involves a wronged father and dead sister, to boot), Golden Cross. It will premiere on June 18. Can’t wait!
And did I mention prior kisses?
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