I can’t believe the first teasers are out already for the tvN sageuk Three Musketeers and the drama is actually premiering next month in mid-August. For whatever reason this drama always felt rather far off but I guess it’s time to start gearing up for it. The first two teasers feature both male leads Lee Jin Wook and Jung Yong Hwa, and I’ll go out on a limb and give the production the benefit of the doubt in making these particular actors equal male leads. Jung Yong Hwa has indeed improved in his last drama Marry Him if You Dare (my quibbles with his horrible character aside), but improvement over being abysmally bad in previous outings like You’re Beautiful and Heartstrings does not a male lead make. With that said, if he’s serious about acting, as he has said before in interviews that he wants to genuinely pursue the craft, then he has to keep on acting and challenging himself. I’ll just have to wait and see if he’s improved yet again from MHIYD to Three Musketeers enough to warrant being a lead along with Lee Jin Wook.
I’ve also watched Lee Jin Wook for years and and he was also pretty bad when he first started out, forgettable in Air City and as a male lead along with Lee Jong Hyuk in Powerful Opponents I totally wanted to shove him under the mattress. It wasn’t until Spy Myung Wol that I found he really improved, and that drama happened after he went away to the army and came back. Three Musketeers will be the first sageuk for both male leads and for now I’ll give the early edge to Lee Jin Wook in his teaser. His eyes convey this intensity that is needed in sageuk acting and he also looks damn fine in the princely outfit. I’m sure Jung Yong Hwa fans are fangirling him in sageuk swordsman mode but I’m not getting anything from his teaser other than he can twirl a sword. His line reading is also a big turn off, his voice is naturally soft but doesn’t have any bite when he speaks so it fails to connect his character fully to the audience. I see him looking good in the part but I don’t feel him (yet).
First teasers for Three Musketeers: