Yes, yes, yes! Thank you drama gods for making the K-version of Bu Bu Jing Xin (Startling with Each Step) seem less like a potential trainwreck right off the bat. The production of Moon Lovers has extended an offer to Lee Jun Ki to headline as the male lead, which would be the character in the original novel and C-drama adaptation of 4th Prince played by Nicky Wu. So much perfection in the casting I can’t even. Lee Jun Ki is getting older and this is a spot on role where he doesn’t have to pretend to be in his twenties and can embrace the hot older male lead glory that is 4th Prince. This is a difficult role to play, and Nicky surprisingly pulled it off to everyone’s shocker, the coldness and distance masking reservoirs of restrained emotional intensity. The character also cries a crap load in towards the end, I remember Nicky talking about how he was dehydrated from so much crying, and I for one know that Jun Ki can cry like the best of ’em. Make this happen Moon Lovers, even if you have to kidnap Jun Ki-ssshi and drag him to the set.
I believe the K-version of BBJX will be set in the Goryeo dynasty but might go the way of The Moon Embraces the Sun, with the creation of fictional royal family members. It also might not have as many princes vying for the throne since Emperor Kangxi’s nearly two dozen sons clearly beyond prolific. If Lee Jun Ki is cast, it’ll be his fourth sageuk in four years, starting with Arang and the Magistrate, The Joseon Gunman, and Scholar Who Walks the Night.