According to TV Report, the hottest topic among entertainment agencies and their managers is the upcoming MBC drama for early next year, The Moon That Embraces the Sun. Based on the bestselling novel by the same name, The Moon That Embraces the Sun is a novel by Jung Eun Gweol, the author of another bestseller that was also adapted into a drama by the name of Sungkyunkwan Scandal.
The managers of young, rookie actors are knocking on the door of Pan Entertainment, the production company behind The Moon That Embraces the Sun, to try to get their own actors cast in the drama. The reason is because The Moon That Embraces the Sun is often called the story of Joseon era’s F4.
One manager explains, “Many entertainment agencies are closely eyeing The Moon That Embraces the Sun. Especially because this is a drama that can potentially make a star out of a rookie and give rise to the second Lee Min Ho, everyone’s on high alert.” CEO Son Seok Woo of Lee Byung Hun’s BH Entertainment Agency has also requested an audition for his actors, admitting that this latest project has a likely chance of making big stars out of rookie actors, following in the footsteps of Boys Over Flowers and Sungkyunkwan Scandal.
A representative from Wellmade Star M Co., the entertainment agency that houses Ha Ji Won, added that among the drama scripts that are going around right now, The Moon That Embraces the Sun has the strongest story and is the most likely to be successful. In fact, he shared that it has become so competitive among managers that they are not sharing sources with each other.
So with so much anticipation among the entertainment insiders, what is the big deal with The Moon That Embraces the Sun?
The original novel was published in 2005 and became a bestseller in Korea. It tells a love story between a fictional Joseon king, Hwon (means “warmth”), and a female shaman, Wol (means “moon”). And the drama will feature love and conflict between one woman and four “flower boys.”
The rumors of The Moon That Embraces the Sun being adapted into a drama had circulated since late 2010 when Sungkyunkwan Scandal was airing on TV, and created more buzz when Moon Geun Young’s name became linked to it in the summer of 2011. However, more definite names have now been released, with the announcement that it will be directed by PD Kim Do Hoon (Spotlight, Royal Family) and penned by Jin Soo Wan (Wonderful Life, Capital Scandal).
Unfortunately, Moon Geun Young is no longer linked with this project. Instead, the news is that Han Ga In (Bad Guy) has been offered the leading role and she is “seriously considering” it.
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While the adult roles have yet to be cast, the casting of the kids have already been completed.
The talented Kim Yoo Jung (Flames of Ambition, Dong Yi) will play the younger Heo Yeonwoo (who later becomes known as Wol). Yeonwoo is born as the daughter to a noble family and was arranged to be married to the Crown Prince. However, due to a plot against her, she escapes death and later grows up to live as a female shaman.
Yeo Jin Goo (Giant, Warrior Baek Dong-soo) has been cast to play the young Yi Hwon. Not knowing that Wol is the same woman who was once arranged to be his queen, he falls in love with the mysterious shaman. High Kick Through the Roof’s Jin Ji Hee will play young Princess Minhwa, Hwon’s younger sister. Having received much love growing up, she is a spoiled princess, literally.
Playing the role of the younger version of Yi Hwon’s (older) half-brother, Prince Yangmyeong, will be Lee Min Ho (Gyebaek, Sungkyunkwan Scandal), who is not to be confused with the actor of Boys Over Flowers and City Hunter’s fame. Naturally, Prince Yangmyeong will fall in love with the same woman as his half-brother.
Finally, rounding up the child actors cast is idol group member Siwan of ZE:A, who will play Yeonwoo/Wol’s older brother, Heo Yeom. Siwan’s character, Yeom, boasts of good looks and intelligence, and is the object of Princess Minhwa’s affection. *spoiler ahead* However, when he learns that Princess Minhwa plotted against his sister to prevent her from being wed to the Crown Prince, Yeom falls into despair. *end spoiler*
The drama production announced that it will cast the leading and supporting actors after going through an audition process. But if I may be of assistance, here are my suggestions.
Well, we all know that he can play a charismatic king really, really well, so why not finally give him the chance to play a king to completion? Korea, seriously, this role is PERFECT for Song Joong Ki (Tree With Deep Roots). Make it happen – and that’s an order!
And for the role of one of the other members of the so-called F4, I’d like to recommend Lee Je Hoon (The Front Line, Bleak Night). He is the new rising star of Chungmuro, and although his casting is unlikely because he will also be filming for the upcoming film Introduction to Architecture, this will be a perfect opportunity to get his name out to the public at large. And although I shared that I wasn’t blown away by his acting in The Front Line, there’s no arguing that he definitely can act, which is much more than I can say about most young rookie actors these days.
And although I have nothing against Han Ga In, I think we need a younger leading lady to match these men. May I suggest Han Groo (Killer K)? I definitely see some great acting potential there and hey, look! She looks great in a hanbok! (Too bad that’s nearly impossible because she’s already cast in a daily drama. Hmph!)
Who would you like to see as the Joseon era’s newest F4?
Via Star News