It feels serendipitous that I came across oldie but goodie pictures of Ji Sung just as news broke that he was considering a new drama. I’ll take this as a good sign from above. MBC‘s early 2017 sageuk Rebel Hong Gil Dong (formerly known as Traitor Hong Gil Dong) is courting Ji Sung for the titular role of Hong Gil Dong. I assumed that was the role Namgong Min was offered when news broke earlier this week that he was in talks for that drama but it’s now clear that Namgong Min is considering the other male lead role.
I love Ji Sung but Entertainer was a wash for me, and I’m hesitant for him to do a sageuk as his two sageuks were ratings and quality duds in The Great Seer and Kim Suro. My image of Hong Gil Dong remains Kang Ji Hwan‘s take on it years ago, but if anyone else is going to attempt it Ji Sung is a top pick for me. If he doesn’t do Rebel Hong Gil Dong I hope his next drama has him doing a darker role so he can bring back Shin Se Gi vibes from Kill Me, Heal Me, seeing this Austin Reed menswear ads from last year brings back such nostalgia feels for the bad boy personality.