Yoo Ah-in courted to headline Six Flying Dragons
It’s nice to get some casting movement for the highly anticipated sageuk Six Flying Dragons, the newest project from writers Kim Young-hyun and Park Sang-yeon of Tree With Deep Roots and Queen Seon-deok. They’re reteaming with PD Shin Kyung-soo, who worked with them on Tree, for what will be SBS’s big 25th anniversary special presentation drama. After early plans for Unprecedented fell through and then Six Flying Dragons got pushed to the fall, I was worried that it’d be another year before we ever got to see their comeback.
But now an offer is out to Yoo Ah-in (Secret Love Affair) to star in the series, which acts as a prequel to Tree With Deep Roots. It details the life of Yi Bang-won, who became King Taejong of Joseon, and was the father of King Sejong the Great. Yoo Ah-in is being courted to play the central character Yi Bang-won, which I guess in canon makes him Song Joong-ki’s father (Song Joong-ki played the young King Sejong in Tree). See, the universe just wants you two to always be connected!
The drama even plans to have little callbacks to characters from Tree With Deep Roots who would be young men in the prequel. The characters mentioned were Mu-hyul, Lee Bang-ji, Hwang-hee, Lee Shin-jeok, and Jo Mal-saeng.
The six flying dragons refers to a panegyric called “Song of Flying Dragons,” which eulogizes the virtue of Yi Seong-gye’s ancestors, comparing their ancestral roots to a deep-rooted tree (natch). Yi Seong-gye had six sons, and their princely strife for power was legendary in the early days of the Joseon dynasty; among them, his fifth son Yi Bang-won was the most ambitious, and he began murdering his brothers until he secured his seat as the third king of their newly founded nation.
He’s known historically as an “iron and blood” king, a strong-willed absolute monarch who was sharp and unyielding. If he takes on the role, Yoo Ah-in will portray the character as an ambitious man who takes what he wants and acts swiftly and decisively while sparing his words. I like this role for Yoo Ah-in, who was earlier courted for the split-personality drama Dr. Frankenstein, which he ultimately turned down. This’ll be a meaty character in a buzz drama, and it makes me excited to see how the cast will fill out.
Six Flying Dragons plans to wrap up casting in May and begin shoots, and is scheduled to air in September.
Via IS Plus
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