Kang Haneul courted for Korean remake of Bu Bu Jing Xin
Casting is underway for the Korean drama remake of the Chinese fusion sageuk Bu Bu Jing Xin (also known as Scarlet Heart), the new series helmed by PD Kim Kyu-tae of It’s Okay, It’s Love and That Winter, The Wind Blows. The remake, called Moon Lovers, currently has an offer out to Kang Haneul (Misaeng) to star.
The original 2011 series is based on the novel of the same name, and tells the story of a woman in the present day who time-travels back to the Qing dynasty and wakes up in the body of one of her reincarnated selves in the past. She becomes the focus of a royal conflict between princes who are vying for her love and the throne, and the drama is about her adjusting to life in the past, all while trying not to greatly alter the course of history as she knows it.
The adaptation will rewrite the story in Korea’s past, of course, which makes it a pretty familiar setup in dramaland. Someone should write fanfic about all the drama time-travelers running into each other in Joseon and starting a club where they spend all their free time “inventing” a modern toilet.
There’s no information on the character Kang Haneul has been cast to play, but if it follows the source material, it stands to reason that he’ll play a prince. I guess it just remains to be seen whether he plays the prince who gets the girl. I do hope this means that it’s Kang Haneul’s turn to shine as a leading man, because while he’s played some memorable supporting characters, he could certainly carry a lead role.
The series doesn’t have a broadcaster yet, but it’s being co-produced by PD Kim Kyu-tae’s company and Universal Studios. It’s planning to be half pre-produced so that it can air simultaneously in Korea and China, sometime in 2016.
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