Song Seung-heon courted for Saimdang PD’s next drama
I guess the director of Saimdang, Light’s Diary must be really happy with Song Seung-heon’s work in that drama, because he’s already courting the actor for a reunion on his next project. PD Yoon Sang-ho, also of Bride of the Century, Bichunmoo, and Tamra the Island, has announced that his next drama will be an adaptation of the novel Wind, Clouds, and Rain, about the political rivalry between Empress Myeongseong and Heungseon Daewongun in late Joseon.
The novel of the same name by Lee Byung-joo was originally published as a serial in 1977-78, and was already adapted into a drama once before in 1989-90. Song Seung-heon is considering an offer to play Heungseon Daewongun, father of King Gojong. Gojong was made king at a young age as an indirect heir, and so until he became of age, his father was made regent and allowed to rule in his place. Daewongun wielded so much power that he was effectively king for ten years. His greatest political rival would prove to be his son’s wife, Empress Myeongseong (also known as Queen Min), who controlled the court once Gojong assumed power.
Empress Myeongseong is probably the better known drama about these historical figures, which aired in 2001-02 and starred Moon Geun-young, Lee Mi-yeon, and Choi Myung-il in the title role and Yoo Dong-geun as Daewongun. I can’t imagine Song Seung-heon and Yoo Dong-geun being cast to play the same character, but obviously this will be an entirely different drama.
Saimdang, Light’s Diary has only just begun airing on SBS last week, though filming wrapped all the way back in June of last year. So it’s actually not so crazy for the director to be planning his next drama. I haven’t seen it yet, so you guys will have to tell me—is Song Seung-heon any better? Or is asking if Saimdang is an improvement on Dr. Jin a moot question?
Wind, Clouds, and Rain has yet to find a broadcaster or set an air date.
Via Star News
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