Oh mommy what the heck is going on in the casting roulette that is K-dramas? It’s been a busy few weeks with casting rumors and confirmation left and right with so many upcoming K-dramas I’m starting to lose track. One drama I’m never losing track of is Moon Geun Young’s sageuk Goddess of Fire Jeongi, because its my Geun Young going back to the world of her sageuk acclaim. So excited! Lee Sang Yoon was confirmed last week as one of the male leads for this drama. He will be playing Gwanghae Gun (Prince Gwanghae, given name Lee Yon), who was a Joseon King that never got a temple name (like Sejong or Sukjong) because he was deposed in a coup. He was the de facto ruler of Joseon during a period when Japan attacked Korea and his father King Seonjo was too weak and old to rule. After a 15 year rule, he was deposed and sent to Jeju in exile (he’s the exiled King from the Tamra the Island storyline) while he was succeeded by King Injo. Joining Lee Sang Yoon as the male lead is now unofficially confirmed to be Kim Bum – his agency is waiting to confirm after he returns to Korea. Let me say it again – Kim. Bum. My smirkasaurus! With my Moon Geun Young! Kyaaaaaaa, brain explode! I know some of my drama friends can’t stand him (poor Dahee will have to suffer more of his smirking and what she deems his constipated acting) while others lub him as much as I do (such as the founder of ICOMYM my langdon unni). I know he’s not the best, but I just adore him and the thought of him romancing Moon Geun Young is like a surprise party someone threw for me on a day that isn’t even my birthday. Someone pinch me.
Also joining this cast is variety show favorite and taller than the average tall man Lee Kwang Soo, playing the older brother of Gwanghae Gun. Bummie’s character is described as a renowned, good looking, martial arts trained, considerate and devoted perfect man type. Ha, Korea loves the perfect man type even when writing sageuk characters. I need another Park Kyu, please, perfect and prickly. Bummie’s character loves the heroine with all his heart and is ready to give his life for her (word is that he will become her husband in the drama). I think King Kong entertainment is pulling some weight here since both Bummie and Kwang Soo belong to that agency. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of KK’s B-list actresses join this cast in supporting roles, such as Jang Hee Jin or Seo Hyo Rim (Honey Lee is off doing Shark while Lee Jin is joining Sung Yuri in Birth Secret). I am so happy Bummie is tackling a sageuk next, he really is choosing good projects for his acting growth, despite my dislike of both his last two projects. Goddess of Fire is scheduled to air on MBC Mon-Tues after Gu Family Book. This drama is written by the screenwriter who did Warrior Baek Dong Soo and the PD did Dr. Kkang and Ruler of Your Own World. I am Koala and I approve of this cast.