Kwak Dong-yeon goes from prince’s bodyguard in Moonlight to young king in Goblin
Look who’s moving up the royal ranks in dramaland. I just love Kwak Dong-yeon right now as the prince’s badass bodyguard in Moonlight Drawn By Clouds (So mysterious! So pretty! Such perfectly placed hair!), and I’m excited to see him again right away in tvN’s new fantasy romance Goblin, which has now changed its title to The Lonely, Shining Goblin. At least the new title helps evoke the melancholy feel that the drama promises, since goblins don’t sound resplendent and broody like their vampire counterparts. At least, not until Gong Yoo (Big) plays one. Goblins as a species just hit the jackpot, is all I’m sayin’.
The downside is that Kwak Dong-yeon’s role will only be a cameo, which is disappointing. But he’s set to play a young king, which makes me wonder if the modern drama will have a historical backstory for the immortal goblin. Kwak Dong-yeon would make a very nice king of hell too, since they don’t really specify what he’s the king of. In any case, I’m really looking forward to seeing Kwak Dong-yeon’s career take off — he was always a very good child actor and has tried everything from sageuk to farcical comedy, but he’s suddenly so charismatic and mature in Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, and he’s only nineteen!
The new fantasy series from the star PD-writer team behind Descended From the Sun stars Gong Yoo as a goblin who wants to be rid of his immortal life and takes a human bride, played by Kim Go-eun (Cheese in the Trap), in order to end it. The goblin lives with an amnesiac grim reaper, played by Lee Dong-wook (Bubblegum), and the pair of them will guide souls to the afterlife. Yoo Inna (One More Happy Ending), Yook Sung-jae (Village: Secret of Achiara), and Lee El (Monster) co-star.
The Lonely, Shining Goblin, about the strange, sad, mysterious, and beautiful lives of a goblin and a reaper who meet somewhere between a fate and a curse, will air on Fridays and Saturdays following The K2 in December.
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