Okay, he’s no Song Joong Ki, BUT… I’m really excited about this casting, nevertheless! (Sorry, Joong Ki!)
Actor Kim Soo Hyun (Dream High) is cast as the lead in the upcoming “fantasy romance sageuk” (no joke, that’s the supposed genre) drama The Moon That Embraces the Sun. He will immediately join production as soon as he wraps up filming for his blockbuster film, Thieves.
In The Moon That Embraces the Sun, Kim Soo Hyun will play the role of Yi Hwon, a young fictional king who falls in epic love with a female shaman. From a bright and intelligent crown prince, Yi Hwon grows up and develops into a young king who dreams of a major reformation for his Joseon. Child actor Yeo Jin Goo (Giant, Warrior Baek Dong-soo) has been cast to play his younger counterpart.
According to a representative from Pan Entertainment, the production company behind The Moon That Embraces the Sun, “Kim Soo Hyun was cast because he best matched Yi Hwon’s character among the young male actors in his age group.”
Directed by Kim Do Hoon (Spotlight, Royal Family) and penned by Jin Soo Wan (Wonderful Life, Capital Scandal), The Moon That Embraces the Sun is highly anticipated because it is based on a bestselling novel by Jung Eun Gweol, the author of another bestseller that was successfully adapted into the 2010 hit drama, Sungkyunkwan Scandal.
Actress Han Ga In (Bad Guy) has been rumored to play the shaman and Yi Hwon’s love interest, but her casting has not been confirmed yet. It will be interesting to see how Kim Soo Hyun’s casting decision affects the casting for the female lead because I do think he would look too young for Han.
The Moon That Embraces the Sun looks to a premiere in early 2012 on MBC to take over its Wednesday-Thursday time slot.
Via Herald Media