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Anticipated K-Drama ‘The King: Forever Sovereign’ Casts Charismatic A-List Stars

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/joanmacdonald/2019/06/05/anticipated-k-drama-the-king-forever-sovereign-casts-charismatic-a-list-stars/

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What can you expect when a successful South Korean screenwriter enlists two of the mega-stars she previously had hits with for a new TV drama? Hopefully, another highly successful drama, but fans of writer Kim Eun Sook, actor Lee Min Ho and actress Kim Go Eun will have to wait until 2020 to find out just how charmed this collaboration will be.

 

That’s when their venture, The King: Forever Sovereign, also known as The King: Monarch of Eternity, is due to air.

Kim Eun Sook has written more than a dozen successful Korean TV dramas including Secret Garden, A Gentleman’s Dignity, The Heirs, Descendants of the Sun, Guardian: The Lonely and Great God and Mr. Sunshine. A 2017 survey by TV Report voted Kim Eun Sook Korea’s best screenwriter. Known for her witty dialogue and on-trend writing, Kim is also master of the fantasy genre, whether the plot involves lovers swapping bodies or lonely gods who fall in love.

Although Kim Eun Sook rarely casts the same actors twice, she previously worked with actor Lee Min Ho in The Heirs, a Korean take on the American series Gossip GirlThe King: Forever Sovereign will be Lee’s comeback role since he recently completed his two-year mandatory military duty, that’s expected of all able-bodied Korean men, ages 18 to 35. The actor began his military duty after completing another fantasy drama Legend of the Blue Sea, which co-starred Jun Ji Hyun.

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Kim Eun Sook also worked with Kim Go Eun before, since she wrote the script for Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, aka Goblin, which was one of the highest rated dramas in Korean cable history. Kim Go Eun headlined that drama with co-star Gong Yoo. Since the end of the 2016 drama Kim Go Eun has only appeared in two films:  Sunset in My Hometown and the yet-to-be-released Yoo Yeol’s Music Album.

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Like Guardian, Kim Eun Sook’s new project is a fantasy, involving otherworldly creatures, with a plot that travels between parallel universes. In this story, a deity unleashes a demon which opens the door between the two worlds. The main characters may find they have a double in the other world, which is likely to create problems in both worlds. 

For example, Kim Go Eun will play detective Jeong Tae Eul in one world and a criminal named Luna in the other. So far it’s known that Lee Min Ho will play Emperor Lee Gon in one world, but not much is known about his proposed role in the alternative world—or even if he has one. As the emperor he will try to shut the door between the worlds.

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Actor Woo Do Hwan also recently signed on to the cast of this drama. One of his two roles will be serving as Emperor Lee Gon’s bodyguard. The actor attracted attention in the drama Save Me, then went on to appear in the dramas Mad Dog and The Great Seducer and in the film Master.

 

The drama project makes it possible for one more reunion. Writer Kim Eun Sook and director Baek Sang Hoon worked together on Descendents of the Sun, another hugely successful drama, which won the Grand Prize for television drama at the 52nd Baeksang Awards.

The King: Forever Sovereign, produced by Hwa and Dam Pictures, begins filming in 2019. Given the well-regarded participants, the odds of success are high.

 

 

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@syntycheI watched the teaser you posted above.  While I don't understand Korean, does it seem that the drama isn't starting until March 2020? I assumed I would be watching in January. Ugh, that's too long to wait!:bawling:

I want to add that whether this drama succeeds or fails depends on the entire cast, not just one member.  I think that we all should be supportive and cheer for each and every actor/actress.  

 

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11 hours ago, CarolynH said:

@syntycheI watched the teaser you posted above.  While I don't understand Korean, does it seem that the drama isn't starting until March 2020? I assumed I would be watching in January. Ugh, that's too long to wait!:bawling:

I want to add that whether this drama succeeds or fails depends on the entire cast, not just one member.  I think that we all should be supportive and cheer for each and every actor/actress.  

 

Hi @CarolynH, it does seem to translate to March 2020. But I haven't come across any news yet saying that we would have to wait for it until March. Let's hope we would see it much sooner. 

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18 hours ago, syntyche said:

Hi @CarolynH, it does seem to translate to March 2020. But I haven't come across any news yet saying that we would have to wait for it until March. Let's hope we would see it much sooner. 

Lee Min Ho’s Wikipedia page has put MBN as the network for this drama. 

Is that a cable company?

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Leeminho. Such a great actor with great works. I love his acting. He could deliver the message of the story so well. I even could understand the message only by his eyes. And as far as I know, only a few artist could do that. Excellent

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I totally agree with this. I’m a fairly new fan of his as he isn’t well known in the UK and I discovered him on Netflix which has The Heirs and BOF. I bought all the series and the two films and have watched them all in the last three months and I am amazed by the different roles he played. He is a brilliant actor.

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5 hours ago, Lindyloo421 said:

Lee Min Ho’s Wikipedia page has put MBN as the network for this drama. 

Is that a cable company?

 

Hi @Lindyloo421, MBN is a cable TV network. But we have no confirmed news yet as to the network where the drama would be shown.

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7 hours ago, yuiy78 said:

Leeminho. Such a great actor with great works. I love his acting. He could deliver the message of the story so well. I even could understand the message only by his eyes. And as far as I know, only a few artist could do that. Excellent

Yes, I think he does a particularly good job of conveying emotion with his eyes in Faith, where he´s playing the stoic warrior, Choi Young. I´ve watched it umpteen times.  Looking forward to ‘The King´!

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11 hours ago, msdot said:

Yes, I think he does a particularly good job of conveying emotion with his eyes in Faith, where he´s playing the stoic warrior, Choi Young. I´ve watched it umpteen times.  Looking forward to ‘The King´!

Faith. I love Faith so so much. Yes you're right. His eyes was playing such a significant role in there. And for me, that was fantastic. I always love artists who can convey emotions only by their eyes, like Robbin William, or jack Nicholson. Their acting is subtle, but superb 

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On 6/9/2019 at 4:03 PM, i-Minoz said:

this fanpage on facebook reach 13.000 likes...
Please like this fanpage on fb

here the link >> https://web.facebook.com/LeeMinHoNewDrama/?ref=bookmarks

 

 

 

 

Some of the fan made posters on this  Facebook page are so beautiful. LMH has some really talented fans. 

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Actor Son Seok-gu appears in 'The King' by Kim Eun-sook. 

 

 

A drama official said on June 10, "Son Seok-gu will join the cast of 'The King' which is expected in the first half of 2020. " 

Son Seok-gu plays the role of a powerful homicide detective in the drama. He demonstrates his outstanding ability to solve the case with his calm personality and persistence...

 

Sohn Seok-gu, appeared in 'Suits', '60 Days, Designated Survivor', which is broadcasted next month...

 

'The King: The Eternal Monarch' is the Imperial Emperor played by Lee Min-ho (I-gon), who wants to close the door of the dimension against the whisper of the Devil in a parallel world. Lee Min Ho, Kim Go Eun, Son Seok Gu, Woo Do-hwan, etc. have been cast and shooting to start the second half of this year to improve the perfection of the drama. Broadcasting is first half of next year.

 

(as translated by Google and Papago)

 

https://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=241&aid=0002924057

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Actor Jung Eun-chae joins the Kim Eun-sook division.

 

Multiple broadcasting officials said Thursday that Jung will join the "The King: The Eternal Lord." Jung Eun-chae is known to have recently held a meeting with the production team.

 

Jung has shown impressive performances with SBS' "Return" and OCN's "Son the Guest." Kim Eun-sook's work was her first to join the group.

 

Jung Eun-chae plays Gu Seo-ryeong in "The King." Gu Seo-ryeong is the youngest prime minister and first female prime minister of the Korean Empire, and a woman who started from the bottom and rose to the top. After overcoming her past when she graduated from college with all kinds of part-time jobs and chose to marry a political family, she studied hard at her in-laws' home, entered politics, and chose to divorce them. Her next target is Emperor Yi-gon (Lee Min-ho). This creates tension between Egon and Jeong Tae-eul (Kim Go-eun).

 

"The King: Lord of Eternity" is a fantasy novel played by Lee Min-ho, the emperor of the Korean Empire, who tries to close the doors of the dimension against the whispers of the devil, and Kim Go-eun, a Korean detective who tries to protect someone's life, people, and love against the backdrop of a parallel world that was rarely covered in the drama.

 

Lee Min-ho, Kim Go-eun and Woo Do-hwan have confirmed their appearances, while Jung Eun-chae and Son Suk-gu are expected. It will start shooting in the second half of this year and air in the first half of next year.

 

(as translated by Google and Papago)

 

https://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=076&aid=0003427165

 

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Jeong Eun-chae expressed her position on starring on Kim Eun-sook's new drama, "The King: The King of Eternity."

 

Regarding the news on June 10 of her appearance on "The King", an official with the actor's side said, "We just had a meeting, and nothing has been decided yet."

 

"The King" is a fantasy romance drama about Yi-gon, the emperor of the Korean Empire, and Jeong-tae, a liberal Korean detective who seeks to protect someone's life, people and love, as they cross the two worlds. Actors Lee Min-ho, Kim Go-eun and Woo Do-hwan have confirmed their appearances.

 

In order to improve the drama's perfection, the company will start filming in the second half of this year and visit the small screen in the first half of 2020. The broadcasting company has not been decided yet.

 

(as translated by Google and Papago)

 

https://m.entertain.naver.com/read?oid=609&aid=0000121399

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