Was anyone jonesing for a Joseon version of a pirate movie? Ever? Whether this upcoming simply named Pirates will be a hit or not, it surely is capitalizing on a relatively stable audience appetite for water-based adventure yarns. Hollywood has the indefatigable Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and recently China had the box office smash fantasy sea monster movie Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon. Looks like water and period swashbuckling is a good bet but I’m actually interested in the upcoming Pirates for the whole production of cast and story. Reuniting leads Son Ye Jin and Kim Nam Gil from their recent drama outing in Shark (another water-related title, heh), the movie is currently filming and tells the story of a Joseon race to hunt a whale. This isn’t a metaphorical whale but the real deal that lives in the depths of the ocean. Son Ye Jin plays a female pirate and another group led by a male bandit Kim Nam Gil are competing to be the first to hunt down a whale that swallowed the royal seal bestowed on Joseon from China’s Qing dynasty. Son Ye Jin is quite possibly one of the worst drama pickers out there with all her dramas duds for me, whereas she’s quite adept at picking movies that are interesting and different. I trust this one since its a movie, and Kim Nam Gil rocks the unkempt bandit look like no other. That’s pretty much the only look he should sport IMO, when you plop him in modern fare he just looks slightly greasy whereas in period garb he looks dangerous and smexy. Co-starring Sulli of f(x), Ahn Nae Sang, Yu Hae Jin, Oh Dal Su, Lee Kyung Young, and Park Chul Min, this movie is helmed by director who recently did the popular movie Dancing Queen. Check out the first official and BTS stills from the set where the eyeliner is rampant as well as the general beggar with a twist look that seems to pass for piratey garb. I’m pretty stoked for this and also laughing that Kim Nam Gil and Son Ye Jin seems to be sporting the same hairstyle. Maybe they’ll trade styling tips in between falling in love while trying to out-do each other. To be honest, this whole story sounds like one of the Regency pirate romance novels but plopped into Joseon with the addition of a whale. I love those guilty bodice ripping pleasures and wouldn’t mind if this movie threw in one hot and heavy make out scene since its a movie and all. I’m sure some viewers will be checking out the chemistry between the leads who have been plagued with reporting dating rumors since wrapping Shark but the two have continued to deny it.