Yoon So-hee joins Ruler–Master of the Mask, L in contention
I’m excited to hear more about MBC’s upcoming sageuk drama Ruler—Master of the Mask, because once they secured Yoo Seung-ho (Remember–Son’s War) to play a lonely prince and Kim So-hyun (Bring It On, Ghost) to play his enemy-turned-love-interest, I was in, no matter what else happened with the cast.
…Of course, then the drama went and courted Infinite idol L (She’s So Lovable) for a second lead role, which would be a casting with no silver linings. At least he hasn’t confirmed yet?
The drama is set in the 1700s, and centers around a prince (Yoo Seung-ho) who takes up the lonely fight against a secret organization comprising society’s most rich and powerful men as they seek to privatize the water supply. Kim So-hyun’s character sets out for revenge against the prince when her father is executed on his orders, and they end up falling in love.
Yoon So-hee (Memory), meanwhile, has confirmed taking the drama, and will be playing the granddaughter of the head of the secret organization that’ll be the prince’s main opposition. Described as a tragic character, she throws away everything and betrays her family in order to love the prince. Yoon So-hee has done sageuk before, briefly; she played adult Kim Yoo-jung in Secret Door, although she was a last-minute replacement and didn’t have much to do in that. I don’t have a strong opinion of her—she’s been fine in some things (Let’s Eat), annoying in others (Marriage Not Dating)—but hope that she’ll be a good fit for this drama.
L is up to play a son of a butcher whose base origins prevent him from making anything of his life or his brilliant mind. He’s resigned himself to a pointless life, until the queen teaches him to read, and then he ends up taking up the role of “fake king” standing in for Yoo Seung-ho (presumably after he’s ascended the throne). It sounds like an interesting character, which is why I am hoping earnestly that it’ll go to somebody who can carry it; L is someone I dearly wish would stop getting cast in things, because he often makes me cringe. He was recently considering joining the high school mystery-thriller Solomon’s Perjury too, but ended up passing on that, so hope remains alive.
Ruler—Master of the Mask will be a 20-episode drama airing in the first half of next year.
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