New drama alert! Upcoming SBS sageuk The Great Seer (Daepyongsoo) has finally started filming as the cast gathered together for a script reading session. The drama is slated for 36-episodes airing on Mon-Tues after Faith, which on the long side of primetime dramas but much shorter than the usual weekend sageuk epics. It’s amusingly apropos for this drama to follow Faith, which is set in the Goryeo period, while TGS is about the late Goryeo period having a fictional great seer who ends up guiding real life historical figure Lee Seong Gye in overthrowing Goryeo and founding the Joseon dynasty. The cast had been set early with Go Soo playing the great seer, Ji Jin Hee as Lee Seong Gye, and Kim So Yeon rounding out the main cast as the female lead and love interest to both men.
Unfortunately Go Soo dropped out last month citing a scheduling conflict, but luckily Ji Sung confirmed that he was taking over in the titular role. I think that’s pretty much an apples-to-apples trade. The rest of the cast is also quite top notch, including among others Song Chang Ui, Lee Yoon Ji, and Jo Min Ki. Ji Jin Hee is a sageuk veteran (everyone remembers him in Dae Jang Geum) and played a Joseon king before in Dong Yi. Ji Sung’s first sageuk was not so long ago with Kim Soo Ro, where he played the founding king of the Geumgwan Gaya (an early Korean confederacy), and I liked him in it but not his character or the drama. This will be leading lady Kim So Yeon’s first sageuk, but I doubt anyone has any worries that she’s rock it like she’s rocked everything she’s tried before. TGS will premiere in early November after Faith wraps up at 24-episodes.