I firmly still believe that Jang Geun Seok still has what it takes, acting ability and hardworking desire, to advance his career as a serious young actor. It’s true that he’s not don’t anything substance in that pursuit for the last five years, whatever acting projects he’s done have been light and fluffy and played on his real life flower boy persona rather than against type, but I’m not ready to count him out as a lost cause just yet.
Upcoming SBS sageuk Jackpot (Daebak) looks like the first real serious acting role he’s doing in years and I’m really hoping the drama is good and he delivers a memorable performance. It’s described as the Joseon version of gambling revenge drama All In and Jang Geun Seok plays a gambler who bets his life against Yeo Jin Gu playing King Yeongjo. He certainly looks convincing in the new stills as a man on a mission nursing deep pain and resentment that spurs him on this seemingly foolhardy path.