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Lee Jung-jae courted for new film about Joseon’s last princess

Buzz about a new movie for Lee Jung-jae (The Face Reader) is pretty par for the course, but there’s some extra excitement stirring for the possible new team-up between Lee and acclaimed writer-director Heo Jin-ho, of the classic melodramas Christmas in August, One Fine Spring Day, and Happiness, and 2012’s Dangerous Liaisons starring Jang Dong-geun and Zhang Ziyi. Lee Jung-jae is currently in talks to star in the director’s new movie Princess Deokhye, about the life of Joseon’s last princess who was forced out of the palace to live in Japan during the occupation.

The story already sounds like a tearjerker in a good way, since it’s backed up by the grandeur of historical tragedy: Princess Deokhye was the youngest daughter of King Gojong (who reigned at the turn of the 20th century), and was particularly beloved by her father. During the Japanese occupation, her brother was taken from the palace and relocated to Japan, so to prevent her from being taken as well, Gojong had her secretly engaged. But her father died mysteriously soon after, and without his protection she was taken to Japan at the age of 13, and married off to a Japanese nobleman at 19.

She had a tragic life filled with depression, isolation, and mental illness, and had a daughter who committed suicide. She outlived the war and eventually returned to her homeland, where despite her mental deterioration, she lived a long life. Her story has been popularized by biographies, plays, and a novel (by Kwon Bi-young, called Princess Deokhye).

There’s no word yet on casting the heroine or what role Lee Jung-jae will play, so a lot will depend on how much of Deokhye’s life is planning to be told. Director Heo has reportedly been working on this project for two years, and is ready to begin production in 2015. Lee Jung-jae has the release of his new thriller Big Match on the horizon, and is currently filming Assassination in Shanghai.

Once it finalizes a cast, Princess Deokhye plans to start shooting early in the new year.

Via Star News

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I remember Moon Geun Young being courted to play the same character for a film based on her life many moons ago and thinking that it would be a great role for her but she ended up doing Goddess of Fire and that never transpired...I hope they can consider her again for this one but since she' s already doing a sageyk movie with Yoo Ah In i doubt if it possible or I wonder if they will try to cast someone older with LJJ now

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WHY WON'T YOU DO A DRAMA!?!?

*throws hissy fit*

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...and thanks for the great laugh! :)

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I would love if Kim So Eun was a lead.

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Do you think I can find that novel about the princess' life in an English translation?

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Moon geun young had received the offer in 2011 to play princess deokhye is the same??

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Give the female role to choi Sooyoung. lol

Can you tell that I am taken by her right now. She speaks great Japanese and she can act and she holds her own against older co-stars. Give her the role.

Choi Sooyoung. choi Sooyoung.

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As much as that is interesting, Sooyoung is NOT fit enough to be given the role of the tragic Deokhye Ongju.

No matter how fluent Sooyoung is in Japanese. And have you seen Deokhye Ongju's photographs, and compared it with Sooyoung's? Please.

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So you're saying Sooyoung is too beautiful or too tall? lol

Since when do we go by exact characteristic to cast movies? If that was the case, no actor would ever work. lol

http://static.askkpop.com/images/upload/14/desire/2013/01/22/The-Last-Princess-of-the-Joseon-Dynasty-Deokhye_78.jpg

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For realz. As if the actors these days are even remotely physically similar to the historical figures of the past. It's called suspension of disbelief people ;-)

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I'm just saying Sooyoung is not worthy to play Deokhye Ongju. The role is heavy enough as it is, and Sooyoung hasn't built up that much creds for her to take on the role...

I'd rather watch Kim Sun-ah play Deokhye Ongju than Sooyoung...

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moon geun young should be perfect to play from 13 to old age. Enough skills and her physical side also fits.

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I thought Moon Geun-young was busy at another historical film??? Last I heard it was Sado Seja-related (she's Lady Hong, and her "husband"'s Yoo Ah-in), if I'm not mistaken...

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They finished filming for the upcoming movie 'SADO', so hope to see her soon!

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girlfriday, can you please translate this as well? It's about this movie. I don't know if it's a consideration of the production team or just a suggestion from fan/s but the writer of the article mention Moon Geun Young, PARK BO YOUNG and Han Hyo Joo... I'm also not sure if it's an official news so I hope you could translate it. Thanks!!~ :)
http://linkis.com/blog.naver.com/acec8/6MZYy

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