First glimpse of MBC’s Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
The first stills of MBC’s new Monday-Tuesday drama Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People have been released, and actors Yoon Kyun-sang (Doctors), Kim Ji-suk (Oh Hae-young Again), Honey Lee (Come Back, Ajusshi), and Kim Sang-joong (Jingbirok) appear to be settling into their characters and sageuk garb with ease.
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People is set during the tumultuous era of tyrant King Yeonsangun’s reign and centers around Hong Gil-dong, arguably Korea’s most famous folk hero. But unlike the classic tale in which he stole material goods from the rich and gave to the poor, the Hong Gil-dong of this drama is a “thief” of people’s hearts, winning their trust and support despite his low birth and poor upbringing.
Yoon Kyun-sang plays this thief of hearts, and Kim Ji-suk takes on the role of ruthless King Yeonsangun of Joseon, born with a golden spoon in his mouth, but unable to win the favor of his people despite his royal pedigree and power. Written by Hwang Jin-young (King’s Daughter Soo Baek-hyang) and directed by Kim Jin-man (Kill Me, Heal Me), Rebel aims to depict the virtues one must embody in order to succeed as a leader of the people.
The stills of Hong Gil-dong and King Yeonsangun in their first encounter were taken last month at Hwangmae mountain where production commenced. A producer for the show stated that Hwangmae mountain also served as the first location of the wildly beloved 2006 sageuk Jumong that garnered 50% in viewership ratings, which made it a very meaningful first shoot for Rebel, where the spirit of Jumong was felt throughout.
Kim Sang-joong plays Hong Gil-dong’s father, Ah Mo Gae, a poor servant and father who defies his low standing in society to provide for his two sons: studious, eldest son Gil-hyun and strong, mighty second son Gil-dong. He’s a man who stands against the unjust establishment, and actor Kim Sang-joong stated that Ah Mo Gae represents the people of today; the parallels from past and present history do not escape him, and he’s channeling that knowledge to give a deep and affecting performance.
Honey Lee plays famous Joseon femme fatale Jang Nok-su, King Yeonsangun’s confidante and consort, and in this story, her first and forever love is Hong Gil-dong. Chae Soo-bin (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) rounds out the main cast as Song Ga-ryung, a young widow and Hong Gil-dong’s leading lady who desires to kill Yeonsangun to avenge the death of her husband.
It’s definitely going to be a twist on the Hong Gil-dong legend we know, but PD Kim Jin-man has stated that he purposely wanted to have a young, trustworthy hero in Yoon Kyun-sang’s Hong Gil-dong. Perhaps the spirit of Jumong will bring high ratings for Rebel, a drama that already looks quite promising with its solid cast.
Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People will premiere on MBC after Night Light ends early this year.
Via TV Daily
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