I was attracted to the drama ever since the rumors that UEE would be headlining. After her success in Ojakgyo Brothers, I wanted to see her follow-up drama. The best thing about it is that the cast is a solid-acting bunch. Hopefully, the source material which a remake will not disappoint! I can’t wait to see UEE in more saeguk garb. The story is based on a fantasy folktale, so it’s not necessary an adaptation of the 2009 film bearing the same name. Same source material, similar aspects, but a different angle. The drama is closer to the original story, where Jeon Woo-chi is an inhabitant of Yuldo, a (fictional) ideal nation established by righteous bandit and Robin Hood, Hong Gil-dong. Jeon Woo-chi is a dosa, a wizard, who gained his powers by swallowing a gumiho fox bead. A friend’s betrayal causes him to lose his mentor and father-figure Hong Gil-dong, and the love of his life. So in order to avenge their deaths, he travels to Joseon, and becomes a reluctant hero for the people.
It’ll be a fusion sageuk, so no time-traveling or modern-day Seoul. Woo-chi’s character is trouble-making and mischievous, and the producers have stated their intention to include all kinds of colorful characters from the “bottom” of Joseon society: con artists, bandits, gisaengs, and more.
The fusion sageuk will be helmed by PD Kang Il-soo of Kingdom of the Wind and written by Jo Myung-joo of King Gwanggaeto. Jeon Woo-chi follows Nice Guy and premieres on November 21 in KBS.
Cha Tae-hyun (Gone With the Wind). He plays the titular Jeon Woo-chi. As mentioned, he lives in the idealist nation of Yuldo established by righteous bandit hero Hong Gil-dong, and comes to Joseon on a revenge mission after losing his mentor and his love. While he’s undercover in Joseon, he’s moved by the plight of the people and becomes a hero to them.
UEE (Ojakgyo Brothers). She plays Hong Gil-dong’s granddaughter Hong Mu-yeon, princess of Yuldo, the woman who will later come to have Jeon Woo-chi’s heart. She falls prey to dark Taoist magic. The sorcery makes her lose her emotions, and forced into evil-doing, including a murder. But once a month, the spell weakens its hold on her and she recalls her former self, calling for some anguish and misery.
Lee Hee-jun (You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly) He plays Kang-lim, Jeon Woo-chi’s nemesis, who clashes with him at every turn. He is a dark Taoist magic-doer.
Kim Gab-soo (Cinderella’s Sister) He plays Ma Sook, the boss of the baddies and Kang-lim’s uncle.
Sung Dong-il (Answer Me 1997), He plays Ma Sook’s old rival.
Hong Jong-hyun (Vampire Idol ) He’ll be playing, the king’s man, a warrior who pursues Jeon Woo-chi. He’s an antagonist to the hero, but not an outright villain.
Baek Jin-hee (High Kick) She’ll be playing Lee Hye-ryung, who doesn’t know that her oppa is actually Jeon Woo-chi. She struggles alone on her quest to find her missing brother. She’s a headstrong and tomboyish girl who’s lived through a number of hardships
Jo Ha-rang (To My Beloved). She plays a gisaeng who works both sides of the law as a linchpin informant. She’ll play a pivotal role in helping Jeon Woo-chi — she’ll be his eyes and ears, since she’s in a position to keep him informed about the goings-on of every powerful man who comes through the gisaeng house.
Jooyeon (Answer Me 1997) She’ll be playing a damo (a female officer) who’s a skilled warrior and royal guard. She guards the young king, and has done so since his days as a prince. It’s pretty much a silent bodyguard character.
Jung Soo-young (Coffee House) She’ll be playing a tavern mistress who also happens to be Jeon Woo-chi’s “ardent fan.”
Lee Byung-joon (Gaksital) He’ll be playing a quack guru/fortune teller.
Ahn Yong-joon, (God’s Quiz) He’ll be playing young king, Yi Geo, who ascended to the throne at a young age as the result of a coup. The dethroned half-brother was still in power Yi Geo feigned utter indifference in politics as a mode of self-preservation. However, even after becoming king he isn’t quite able to command full authority and continues the pretending game: he has three facades he hides behind—weak, lax, and indecisive. In actuality, though, Yi Geo harbors “a grand vision for a new Joseon.”