There are some actors and actresses that are just gifted with the ability to rock a period costume, and Yoo Ah In is undoubtedly near the top of that list when it comes to shining in a sageuk. He’s done the brooding warrior look for two sageuks already, Strongest Chil Woo and Sungkyunkwan Scandal, but this next outing will have him sporting the period version of coat and tails. The upcoming fusion sageuk Jang Ok Jung (the production officially dropped the Live in Love part from the title) will be a revisionist (or what if) take on the famous political love triangle between King Sukjong and his two wives Queen In Hyun and Jang Heebin. Not all the character descriptions are out other than everyone plays real life historical personages, but the core premise has King Sukjong and Jang Ok Jung being a childhood love turned real love story that somehow gets distorted by the political intrigue of their time. The cast attended the official poster shoot for the drama this week and it was also the first time Yoo Ah In arrived on the set since he’s been busy filming a movie. The male actors all gave chocolates to everyone since it was White Day in Korea, which is the reverse Valentine’s Day tradition and the men give out candies. Above is the first look at Yoo Ah In in the kingly blue-and-gold garb of the King of Joseon. I typically prefer him wild and mussed, but its undeniable that he looks good all cleaned up as well. The drama also released the first stills of the two young teenagers playing Jang Ok Jung and King Sukjong, and from the looks of it their childhood love story will take a few episodes to develop and will be quite sweetly romantic, in the way that K-dramas typically showcase the purity and forever nature of young romance. JOJ premieres on SBS April 8 on Mon-Tues after the end of Yawang, which makes it go head-to-head with Lee Seung Gi and Suzy’s Gu Family Book which also premieres on the same day on MBC after the end of Horse Doctor. Wow, talk about a mano-to-mano high-proofile sageuk duel.
Check out the teenage versions of King Sujong and Jang Ok Jung.