Yu has confirmed that he will be taking the leading role in the new costume drama, tentatively titled “Jang Ok-jeong,” its producing company Story TV said on January 22.
The 26-year-old actor is to depict the Joseon Dynasty’s 19th King Sook-jong, opposite actress Kim Tae-hee who will turn herself into Korea’s famous femme fatale of all time, Jang Hee-bin.
“Since Yu is a blue chip amongst young actors in the Korean film scene, but we managed to secure him after tuning the schedule with the film he is currently starring in [tentatively named “Kkangcheori”],” officials from Story TV explained.
Based on the hit chick lit of the same name in 2008, "Jang Ok-jeong" will show the iconic femme fatale from a new point of view. The drama has made twists in the story to make an imaginary character out of Jang Hee-bin, who tried to gain love of King Sook-jong and the power of Joseon Dynasty royal court.
Helmed by accalimed TV drama director Boo Sung-cheol of “My Girlfriend is Gumiho” (SBS, 2010), the upcoming series is to hit the airwaves from April as the follow up to the current series “Yawang.”