Rebel Hong Gil-dong becomes Thief Who Stole the People
Cast and crew gathered for the first table read for MBC’s upcoming Monday-Tuesday fusion sageuk formerly known as Rebel Hong Gil-dong, which has a new name: Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People. Written by Hwang Jin-young (King’s Daughter Soo Baek-hyang) and directed by Kim Jin-man (Kill Me, Heal Me), Rebel is a retelling of the classic tale of Hong Gil-dong, aka Korea’s Robin Hood, who despite his brilliance, had no legal standing in society due to his illegitimate birth as the son of a nobleman and his concubine. He stole from the rich and gave to the poor and later became king of his own realm.
This drama is set during the reign of tyrannical King Yeonsangun of Joseon. Yoon Kyun-sang (Doctors) takes on the role of Hong Gil-dong and will play the leader of a band of smugglers who eventually becomes a revolutionary emblem of the people, fighting for their rights in a world of haves and have-nots. Chae Soo-bin (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) is the female lead and plays a vengeful young widow rescued by Hong Gil-dong who dreams of killing the king for the loss of her husband.
Some of the supporting cast members include Kim Sang-joong (Jingbirok) as Hong Gil-dong’s father, Honey Lee (Come Back, Ajusshi) as King Yeonsangun’s devoted consort who hasn’t forgotten her first love Hong Gil-dong, and Kim Ji-suk (Oh Hae-young Again) as the tyrant Yeonsangun.
At the table read, PD Kim Jin-man stated that he wanted to tell this story in a fresh and upbeat manner and not in a tone that’s heavy or melancholy. Actors Park Joon-kyu (Hwajung) and Lee Joon-hyuk (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) reportedly filled the room with laughter as the comedic relief duo, and Shin Eun-jung (Working Mom, Parenting Daddy), Kim Byung-ok (Sound of the Heart), Sohn Jong-hak (Person Who Gives Happiness), and Seo Yi-sook (First Love Again) were also in attendance.
I’m interested in seeing how they change up the classic folktale hero, and the idea of Chae Soo-bin playing a character bent on revenge already excites me since I loved/loathed her as the volatile bully in Sassy Go Go.
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People is expected to be a 30-episode series and will premiere in early 2017 after Monday-Tuesday drama Night Light ends its run.
Via Top Star News
- News bites: December 10, 2016
- Yoon Kyun-sang, Chae Soo-bin sign on for Rebel Hong Gil-dong
- Yoon Kyun-sang in talks to headline Rebel Hong Gil-dong
- Kim Sang-joong considers being Rebel Hong Gil-dong’s father
- Ji Sung considers MBC’s Rebel Hong Gil-dong, SBS’s Defendant
- Honey Lee in talks to join fusion sageuk Rebel Hong Gil-dong
- Namgoong Min offered drama lead as Rebel Hong Gil-dong