This has been rumored for months and months ago, even before Moon Geun Young accepted Cheongdamdong Alice, and now as the drama gets closer to airing there is further confirmation that the long-courted leading lady will indeed accept the role. The upcoming MBC sageuk (its another sageuk deluge lately, no?) Goddess of Fire Jeongi is scheduled to air in late June following the Lee Seung Gi–Suzy fantasy sageuk Gu Family Book on Mon-Tues. The story centers around the real life historical and cultural figure of Baek Pa Seon, Joseon’s first female pottery maker. During the Japanese invasion of Korea in the late 19th century, she was spotted for her talent and taken to Japan, where she ended up spreading the artistry of Joseon pottery in Japan. There is already talk that this drama is aiming to spread more Korean culture the way Dae Jang Geum spread Korean cuisine around the world. There is no word yet on the male lead but his character is supposedly a Japanese man. Hhhmmm, inneresting. Unconfirmed rumors from the intrepid fans of JYJ have Jaejoong signing on to this drama, though I’m not sure if he’s playing the male lead or the second male lead. If it requires speaking Japanese then he’d be my first pick. Acting-wise….not quite there yet. If Jaejoong does sign on this would make it his second consecutive sageuk, and both on MBC as well, since last year he was in the abominable laugh-a-thon that was Time Slip Dr. Jin. At least if Moon Geun Young does accept this role then he’ll have a sageuk veteran sunbae to learn from, since Moon Geun Young’s most famous performance still remains her Baeksang winning cross-dressing role in Painter of the Wind. I hope she does this and scrubs away all traces of Cheongdamdong Alice from my memory. That one turned out to be a hot mess. As for her leading man in this project? May I suggest Kim Jae Wook, who is coming out of the army in days, speaks fluent Japanese, can act, and has proven chemistry with Moon Geun Young. Win and win.
I don’t mind Jaejoong in secondary roles, and my gut tells me he’ll play the second lead if he indeed does sign on for this project. Chances are its going to be some protector role, K-dramas are so easy to predict. He was decent in Protect the Boss but pretty dreadful in Dr. Jin, but even then I sorta enjoy watching him onscreen. He definitely doesn’t act as well as Yoochun does, but I find him infinitely better looking so my shallow side loves the eye candy and his cheekbones are to-die-for. Too bad Changmin can’t act at all, because I find him the cutest of all the combined DBSK members. Moon Geun Young rocks the sageuk like no other and I don’t see another actress her age that has the clout and acting chops to headline this drama. Hopefully it’ll be confirmed soon so I can start looking forward to her next project.