If it took as while before the big reveal on who will be the next leading man to feature in writer Kim Eun-sook’s upcoming period drama Mr. Sunshine, it seems the rest of the cast are now being lined-up swiftly with the announcement of Kim Tae-ri (The Handmaiden) and Yoo Yeon-seok (Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim) joining the ship.

Rising film actress Kim Tae-ri has been confirmed to be Lee Byung-hun’s leading lady. She will play the last in the lineage of the prominent aristocratic Go family, which was one of the pillars of the Joseon nation. I have reservations about the pairing primarily because of the big age gap: Lee Byung-hun is 46 while Kim Tae-ri is just 27 but I trust Writer Kim will make this work with her skillful story-telling.

Meanwhile, Yoo Yeon-seok is tapped to play the son of a lowly butcher who flees his homeland and goes to Japan in search of a new life. He’s described as a tragic character who falls in love with Kim Tae-ri’s aristocratic young lady, and will do everything for his love. It’s been awhile since we last saw a love triangle in Writer Kim’s dramas with supporting couples having their own love story a prominent feature in her recent works like Goblin and Descendants of the Sun. Well, if it’s not too much to ask, I wish there would be a supporting character who’ll eventually develop a loveline with Yoo Yeon-sook’s character.

Mr. Sunshine is a drama set in the late years of the Joseon dynasty in the early 1900s, which tells the story of the ‘righteous army’ who will defend Korea from Japan who wants to exert dominance over the land.

No broadcaster has been attached to the drama and is expected to air in 2018.

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