Weekly News Update: May 5, 2013 to May 11, 2013

DRAMA NEWS

  • Critically acclaimed movie actress Kim Ok Bin joins Sword and Flower as the daughter of King Yeongryu, who was overthrown by military dictator Yoon Gae So Mun. The princess loses her father and brother, thus vowing revenge. She transforms into a spy, infiltrating the military dictatorship, only to fall in love with the illegitimate son of the man who assassinates her father.
  • Also joining Sword and Flower is CN Blue’s Lee Jung-shin (My Daughter Seo-young). He has been cast as Shi-woo, Goguryeo’s best swordsman and bodyguard to the princess. Shi-woo will be nursing a lifelong crush on the princess, of course, because it’s his job to be her shadow. His character is described as charismatic when fighting, but a hopeless romantic when it comes to the princess. Sword and Flower follows Mandate of Heaven in July.
  • Kim Bum (That Winter, The Wind Blows) has confirmed for his first historical drama Goddess of Fire Jeongi. It stars Moon Geun Young as Joseon’s first female potter, and Kim Bum plays Kim Tae-do, who’s been in love with her his entire life. He and Jeongi grow up together like siblings, but he has a sweet pure-hearted love for her. He is also described as Mr. Perfect with good looks, exceptional martial arts skills, and a kind, gentle personality to boot. His character is upright and believes in justice above all else. The 32-episode drama replaces MBC’s current Monday-Tuesday drama Gu Family Book in July, and comes from the writer of Warrior Baek Dong-soo and the director of Heading to the Ground.
  • Lee Jun Ki (Arang and the Magistrate) confirms for Two Weeks, which is a story of a man falsely accused of murder who discovers he’s got a daughter with leukemia and has two weeks to save her life. It’s written by So Hyun Kyung of 49 Days. Two Weeks airs in August on MBC.
  • Tree With Deep Roots writers Kim Young-hyun and Park Sang-yeon have a new project called Unprecedented. They’re reteaming with Queen Seon-deok’s director Park Hong-kyun. It will a special presentation drama at MBC for 2014. It’s a political action drama set in early Joseon. Jung Do-jeon, the political advisor of King Taejo (the first king of Joeson) believed in a political system governed by ministers and a centralized bureaucracy. While Lee Bang-won, the fifth son of King Taejo believed in an absolute monarchy. He was overlooked to succeed his father to the throne because of Jung Do-jeon’s influence, and so during the reign of his brother, he raided the palace, killed Jung Do-jeon, and became the third king.
  • f(x)’s Krystal Jung is in contact with the producers of Heirs. She is considering a character of a strong, bubbly type. Heirs is scheduled to air on SBS in October.
  • Kim Jae Won (May Queen) and Jo Yoon Hee (Nine: Nine Times Time Travel) both confirm as the leads in upcoming MBC weekend drama, Scandal which is set to follow 100 Years Inheritance in July. The plot focuses on Ha Eun Joong (Kim Jae Won) who was kidnapped when he was really young by the man who believed that Eun Joong’s real father was the mastermind behind the collapsed building incident that killed his son. Eun Joong who grew up to be a policeman, was shocked to find out the truth that the father he loved so much was actually his kidnapper. His life began to get entwined Woo Ah Mi (Jo Yun Hee), a 26 year old single mom as he seeks out the meaning of life after encountering numerous despairs and tries to heal the wounds in his heart. At the helm is director Kim Jin Man, and writer Bae Yoo Mi, who previously collaborated on Country Princess and I Really, Really, Like You.

MOVIE NEWS

  • New romantic comedy film Plan Man is about an uptight, planning-obsessed germophobe who gets his world shaken up by the heroine who lives her life planlessly. They meet, fall in love, and change each other. The leads are two charismatic actors, Jung Jae-young (I Am a Murderer) and Han Ji-min (Rooftop Prince). Plan Man will begin filming in June.
  • Ryu Seung-ryong (The Gift of Room 7) will be headlining a remake French film Point Blank. It’s a twisty action thriller about a criminal who goes up against a network of dirty cops out to kill him, and the innocent bystanders who get taken as hostages in the crossfire. It will be helmed by the director of Phungsan Dog, Jung Jae-hong. Point Blank is still casting and plans to start shooting this year.
  • Jung Woo-sung (Padam Padam), Sol Kyung-gu (The Tower), and Han Hyo-joo (Bandage) are headlining a chase thriller called The Watchers. Jung Woo-sung is the head of a mob organization. Sol Kyung-gu is the leader of a special investigation team that’s after Jung Woo-sung, and monitors him around the clock with a surveillance team. Han Hyo-joo plays the rookie on the team, who has an unusually keen sense of observation, fastidious attention, and a standout memory. So basically she’s perfect for the job. Her boss is more the gut-and-instincts type, a veteran who’s a bit reckless, but bursting with personality. Then the ace on their team is 2PM idol Junho who’s surreptitious and sly like no other. The team is assigned to watch Jung Woo-sung for a chance to catch him, but he’s notoriously cool-headed and has evaded countless attempts to follow, watch, or capture him in the past. Their job is to watch him without being seen, which doesn’t sound easy even though they’re the ones with all the invasively high-tech spy equipment. The Watchers hits theaters July 4.
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