Happiness! Completely unexpected out-of-left-field kind of happiness. Fresh off his romantic deja vu leading man turn in Operation Proposal, Yoo Seung Ho has already picked his next project. It’s a fantastic choice considering resume, which is that he’s famous and seasoned enough to be a leading man, but still so young that it wouldn’t hurt to take unique roles to bolster his acting cred even more. My baby boy Seung Ho is joining my Lee Jun Ki in the fantasy sageuk Arang and the Magistrate, co-starring Shin Mina. He’ll be making a special appearance in this drama as a character who has a major impact in revealing information to the two leads. He’s not even going to be human either! He’s going to play the Jade Emperor, which in Chinese mythology is the Heavenly Emperor who rules over the celestial sphere. Cool beans.
Arang has been quietly casting these past two months and has assembled a solid cast so far. Yeo Woo Jin will be playing the antagonist, while Hwang Bora gets to be ghostly Shin Mina’s sidekick. I wonder if this drama will be able to balance the funny, spooky, and serious, all with equal measure of deftness? Directing will be the PD who did the gorgeous Can You Hear My Heart, the spooky Hon, and the funny Fantasy Couple. The scriptwriter has done a drama special as well as both seasons of Chosun Police. Arang airs in July on MBC.