We finally have our Romeo to romance his Juliet. Moon Chae Won was cast a few weeks ago as the lead in The Princess’s Man, an upcoming KBS Wed-Thurs sageuk (to follow Romance Town), which is being described as a Joseon-era Romeo and Juliet. Today news reports have finally confirmed that Park Shi Hoo has been cast as the Man to Moon Chae Won’s princess. I’m thrilled with this news, because I’ve always liked Moon Chae Won and Park Shi Hoo’s previous sageuk roles, she in Painter of the Wind, and he in Iljimae. I find this pairing unexpected but intriguing.
The drama will tell the story of Princess Lee Se Ryung, daughter to Grand Prince Su Yang, second son of King Sejong the Great, whose ambition to become the King pits him against supportors of the other faction supporting a rival heir. Of course our princess will fall in love with the son of the man who opposes her father’s reach to become King, and this puts their sure to be bucket-loads of angst against the historical intrigue and court rivalries of that era.
One of my guilty pleasure sageuks is Seodongyeo, which was itself a Romeo and Juliet story of the future king of Baekjae falling in love with a princess of Shilla, so I love me some romance-focused sageuk. I’m also looking forward to this project because Park Shi Hoo seems to have a knack for picking projects, which are either ratings successes or end up being cult favorites where Park Shi Hoo manages to steal the show. I’m putting my money that he saw something he liked with this drama.
[Credit: Stoo news]