Lee Dong-gun up to play tyrant king for Seven Day Queen
Lee Dong-gun (Laurel Tree Tailors) is in the mix to join KBS’s romance-melo-sageuk drama Seven Day Queen, and I’m excited to hear that he may be playing famously tyrannical king Yeonsangun. His management has confirmed that Lee has been offered the role and is considering favorably; should he take it, he’d be playing the rival and antagonist to series lead Yeon Woo-jin (Introverted Boss), who plays Yeonsangun’s half-brother, King Jungjong.
The woman caught between both men is Queen Dangyeong, who was dethroned just one week after her enthronement, and will be played by Park Min-young (Remember–Son’s War). The drama tells the sad love story between King Jungjong and Queen Dangyeong; he grew up living a stifled existence for fear of appearing to threaten Yeonsangun’s power, while she was the daughter of Jungjong’s greatest political opponent. After Yeonsangun was overthrown and Jungjong ascended the throne, Queen Dangyeong’s father led a coup opposing Jungjong’s rule, which failed and led to his execution and Dangyeong’s dethronement.
With Lee Dong-gun being courted for the drama, this means Jin Gu (Night Light) has bowed out of the project, after having been initially offered the role of Yeonsangun. I like Jin Gu, but I don’t think I mind this casting swap, as I’m already picturing Lee Dong-gun departing from his usual gentlemanly, nice-guy image to play a character with a darker side. Yes, please.
In fact, I’m even daring to hope that this role could provide him with a mid-career jolt; it isn’t that he’s doing so terribly, after his weekend drama Laurel Tree Tailors did so well, but prior to that he’s seemed to be in a slump for years, with Superdaddy Yeol, Mi-rae’s Choice, and When Night Comes all underperforming. And as Jo Hyun-jae, Namgoong Min, and Yeon Jung-hoon have shown, sometimes going against type and turning twisty and dark is just the thing to revitalize a career.
Seven Day Queen comes from PD Lee Jung-sub of Healer, Baker King Kim Tak-gu, and 2008’s Hong Gil Dong. follows brand-new drama Mystery Queen on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and premieres in June.
Via Star News
- Yeon Woo-jin offered lead in sageuk romance Seven Day Queen
- Seven Day Queen courts Park Min-young, Lee Jin-wook, Jin Gu to star
- Healer PD helms new sageuk romance project Seven Day Queen
- News bites: June 25, 2016
- Lee Dong-gun considering KBS weekender Laurel Tree Tailors
- News bites: July 19, 2015
- Superdaddy Yeol: Episode 1
- The loser gets a second shot at love in Superdaddy Yeol
- Mi-rae’s Choice: Episode 1