Oh my goodness! Ovaries exploding. Oh shit, did I just say that? Whatever, ‘struth so I shant feel shame. Breaking news from K-drama land, where the drama gods are moving chess pieces around in order to ensure that the upcoming fantasy sageuk The Moon Embracing the Sun has the maximum amount of pretty possible in one drama. Rising young actor Joo Won, who is currently one of the leads in the popular weekend drama Ojakkyo Brothers, had been in serious discussions for the second male lead in this drama. However, since OB is a 50-episode drama and won’t be done airing until January, logic and scheduling dictates Joo Won won’t be able to free himself up to rush right into production for MoonSun (as I shall refer to it henceforth). I know Joo Won is uber-popular these days but he does nothing for me. Whereas his replacement does all sorts of things for me – none other than current Flower Boy himself Jung Il Woo. Cue the music for Return of Iljimae and start brushing out the mane of glory, m’boy!
The leads of MoonSun will be Kim Soo Hyun playing a young (fictional) Joseon King, and Han Ga In playing a female shaman. Jung Il Woo will be playing Kim Soo Hyun’s older brother, someone who pretends to be a profligate playboy to ensure his dongsaeng’s legitimacy over the throne. Awww, what a self-sacrificing hyung. I’m a much bigger Kim Soo Hyun fangirl than I like Jung Il Woo, so this casting works for me personally. And it can’t really be switched around since there is no way in hell Kim Soo Hyun can be playing Jung Il Woo’s older brother. Though in reality, believe it or not, Jung Il Woo is only 5 months older than Kim Soo Hyun. I know, the latter just looks so much younger. I’m assuming both royal brothers fall for Han Ga In, which would make her probably the luckiest K-actress alive right now. MoonSun goes into production shortly aiming for a January premiere on MBC. I can’t wait!