Uhm Tae Woong must be in a sageuk mood, because he’s trading one for another just to satisfy that craving. He’s been attached to the SBS remake of the biography of Admiral Yi Soon Shin for what feels like forever, and clearly something was up with that drama because the production was definitely taking forever. Uhm Tae Woong may be a newlywed and a soon-to-be daddy in real life but he’s not letting nesting slow him down. He’s just signed on as the lead in the upcoming KBS sageuk Sword and Flower. This one is being called the reverse The Princess’s Man, with the daughter of the King of Goguryeo having a revenge filled love story with the man who assassinated her father. Casting calls for this drama have been going out for awhile, with both Song Seung Heon and Kim Nam Gil rumored to have been interested, but both decided on modern melodramas with When a Man Loves and Shark. On the female lead side Park Shin Hye officially did receive the script but in the end she was lured away by the chance to go back to high school with Lee Min Ho in Heirs. Now that Uhm Tae Woong is onboard (the official confirmation is not out but consider it inked) I expect the project to start rolling in earnest, though it has some wiggle room since it airs in July after The Fugitive of Joseon. This comes from the PD of The Equator Man and the screenwriter of Mom is Pretty, Too. I’m not the biggest fan of Uhm Tae Woong in sageuks, and I actually think this one screams MISCAST all around. In fact, he and Kim Nam Gil need to switch dramas ASAP, he goes back for a trifecta with Shark reuniting with the production duo who did Resurrection and Mawang (both starring him), while Kim Nam Gil returns to his badassary Bidam ways. What’s kicking my brain six-ways to Sunday is that the two ladies rumored for the lead role both suck at acting so badly I get hives when I see them – Yoona from SNSD and Son Dam Bi. What has the drama world come to?
First off, it’s not confirmed yet who will be the leading lady, but apparently Yoona is the frontrunner and might even be unofficially onboard already. There is also talk that if she turns it down it might end up in Son Dam Bi’s hands. Whatever, it’s like asking me which hand I prefer to be slapped with. I’m not surprised about the age of the potential leading actress, since Park Shin Hye was the producer’s choice therefore the character must be written in her early twenties. But then the casting of Uhm Tae Woong makes it all sorts of squicky for me. I LOVE Uhmforce, but I do not need to see him pretend romancing either Yoona (he looks like her dad) or Son Dam Bi (he looks like her uncle). As for acting, to be honest I thought Uhm Tae Woong did his worst acting in Queen Seon Deok where he literally faded into the woodwork (while Kim Nam Gil took over as the second half male lead), but even then I’m not happy he’s potentially getting a leading lady that (1) has never done a sageuk before, and (2) generally sucks at acting. The casting calls coming out of Korea have been hit-or-miss this year, but if he pairs up with either of these two, Sword and Flower will immediately become the craziest pairing of the year so far.