Yeon Woo-jin offered lead in sageuk romance Seven Day Queen
I didn’t even ask for this, but now that it’s been announced as a possibility, it’s all I ever wanted for this show: Yeon Woo-jin (Introverted Boss) has been offered the lead in new KBS sageuk romance Seven Day Queen, which comes from Healer’s PD and is being considered by Park Min-young (Remember—Son’s War) and Jin Gu (Night Light).
Yeon is considering taking the role of King Jungjong; Lee Jin-wook (Goodbye Mr. Black) was initially in contention but has bowed out. Seven Day Queen tells the story of Joseon’s King Jungjong and his queen, Dangyeong, who was crowned and dethroned within a week’s time. Despite his royal birth, Jungjong was forced to live a stifled existence, unable to do a thing lest he appear to challenge his older half-brother, tyrant king Yeonsangun (a character currently being portrayed by Kim Ji-suk in Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People, which Jin Gu is up to play here).
After Yeonsangun was overthrown, Jungjong became king and dreamed of being a good ruler to his country. However, the queen’s father was opposed to his rule and attempted a coup; he was killed, and Queen Dangyeong then deposed. It sounds like a tragic love story, as the king is said to have looked up at the mountain toward her every day following her departure, and the queen placed her skirt on a rock on that mountain so that he would know she thought of him too.
I’m thrilled at the idea of having Yeon Woo-jin in another drama so soon, because while he was brilliant in Introverted Boss, it was so flawed and uneven that I didn’t find it satisfying. I like this cast and team so far, and have found PD Lee Jung-sub’s dramas solid and stylish; he’s also worked on Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho, Baker King Kim Tak-gu, and 2008’s Hong Gil Dong. And while I like Lee Jin-wook just fine, I find Yeon Woo-jin a more nuanced and complex actor, and consider this swap a happy upgrade.
Seven Day Queen will be a Wednesday-Thursday drama on KBS to follow Mystery Queen.
Via TV Daily
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