Jung Il-woo gets bad daddy and hostile hyung in Night Watchman
We’ve got more cast additions to MBC’s fantasy sageuk The Records of a Night Watchman, which stars Jung Il-woo as a bad boy prince who moonlights as a ghostbusting night watchman: Choi Won-young, aka hot dad in Heirs and evil chaebol in Three Days, will be playing the hero’s loving father and righteous king who then goes crazy because of his ghost-seeing gift-curse. *GASP* You mean the same gift-curse that our hero has? I don’t like the sound of this at all! Choi Won-young plays a king who was once a legendary hero of the people after he and his night watchmen defeated a serpent monster in Mt. Baekdu. He’s a good king and father to his sons, but the gift-curse eventually turns him into an evil tyrant.
Also joining the cast is Kim Heung-soo (President, Invincible Lee Pyeong-gang), who will be playing Jung Il-woo’s illegitimate hyung who challenges him for power. The actor is sporting a very different look lately, and javabeans had to point out that he’s actually this guy before I recognized him. He’s great at love-to-hate-you assholery, so he’ll be a fun addition to the cast as a scheming villain.
Jung Il-woo’s character is the bad boy legitimate heir to the throne who gains the power to see ghosts, and becomes a night watchman just like his father; in chasing ghosts and experiencing the plight of citizens firsthand, he eventually learns to be a good prince. We don’t know what course the court drama will take, but the illegitimate prince is described as growing more tyrannical over the course of the story. So basically, this is The Moon That Embraces the Gumiho Daddy, where the good father goes evil because of the curse which he passes onto his son, leaving the two princes caught in a political tug-of-war.
Yunho (Yawang) plays a fellow night watchman, and Go Sung-hee (Miss Korea) plays a character imbued with supernatural energy from Mt. Baekdu who can communicate with nature. Seo Ye-ji (Potato Star 2013QR3) has been cast as the second lead who will stop at nothing to become the prince’s bride. And Yoon Tae-young (King’s Daughter Soo Baek-hyang) will play the head of the night watch crew.
Night Watchman will be a fantasy romance sageuk about “those who deny that there are ghosts, those who use ghosts, and those who fight the ghosts.” It follows Triangle in July.
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