I can’t tell you how many names have been bandied about for Sword and Flower – Kim Nam Gil, Song Seung Heon, Park Shin Hye, Song Joong Ki, Yoona, Song Dam Bi, the list goes on – but now the cast is finally set its pretty much so powerhouse people will need to take tranquilizers to calm down from watching so much acting talent smushed together. Uhm Tae Woong dropped the remake of Admiral Yi Soon Shin and turned his sights to the Gorguryeo era to do a star-crossed lovers-revenge sageuk. I think the trade was a wise now, and he’s been gifted with a critically acclaimed leading lady in movie actress Kim Ok Bin. This is about as far from the possible Yoona-Son Dam Bi option as it gets. The drama is set in the Goguryeo era, with Kim Ok Bin playing the daughter of King Yeongryu who is overthrown by military dictator Yeon Gae So Mun. The princess loses her brother and father and vows revenge, transforming herself into a warrior and spy and infiltrating the military dictatorship of her father’s killer. Her intent is to seek revenge but she ends up falling in love with the illegitimate son of Yeon Gee So Mun, played by Uhm Tae Woong, who is actually the one that struck the killing blow on her father. Park Soo Jin plays the daughter of Yeon Gae So Mun’s right hand man with a one-sided love for Uhm Tae Woong. The second male lead is described as an orphan rescued by King Yeongryu and raised as a family member. He calls the princess older sister, and helps guide her through her revenge and falls into a romantic love for her that is unrequited. CN Blue‘s Lee Jung Shin has joined the cast along with two major powerhouse actors that instantly rocket this up to must see status simply to watch them act opposite each other. Kim Young Chul (The Princess’s Man and Nice Guy) and Choi Min Soo (Warrior Baek Dong Soo and Father’s House) have confirmed their casting and I’m guessing one plays the King and the other the Military Dictator? Sword and Flower will air on KBS Wed-Thurs following The Fugitive of Joseon come late July, continuing with the sageuk deluge in K-dramaland.
Uhm Tae Woong.
Park Soo Jin
Choi Min Soo and Kim Young Chul.
Kim Sang Ho.
Lee Jung Shin