Update: Details of Goblin's Kim Go-Eun and top Hallyu actor Lee Min-Ho upcoming drama has been announced!
On 12 August, production houses, Hwa & Dam Pictures and Studio Dragon announced, "Kim Eun-Sook's new drama The King: The Eternal Monarch is set to premiere in the first half of 2020 and we have decided to air the drama on SBS."Kim Eun-Sook is a famous South Korean screenwriter who was the mind behind hits such as Descendants of the Sun, Heirs and Goblin.
It looks like local broadcasting company SBS has won the rights to televise the new series, after which the production house will distribute it through their various publishing platforms. The drama is set to air during the first half of 2020 and it centres around Emperor Lee Gon (played by Lee Min-Ho) who is trying to close the doors between two parallel universes. In one universe, the world exists in a state of monarchy while in the other, it's in a democracy. He meets Detective Jung Tae-Eul (played by Kim Go-Eun) and the two work together to protect the lives within the two worlds.
Fantasy, romance and an emperor too! The drama looks to be a roller-coaster of emotions.
Will you guys be catching this drama?
Original, 23 May: Since his recent discharge from mandatory military service, 31-year-old Lee Min-Ho is jumping right back into work.
Details of his upcoming drama are being released slowly and it looks like things are coming along nicely for the Boys Over Flowers star. Recently, it has been confirmed by Studio Dragon Corporation, a South Korean drama production company under CJ Entertainment, that 28-year-old actress Kim Go-Eun will be starring opposite Lee.
Kim is most known for her starring role in the mega hit K-drama, Goblin, alongside Gong Yoo. Studio Dragon Corporation, the production house of the new drama titled The King: Forever the Monarch, stated that Kim's incredible acting in Goblin was one of the many reasons they casted her as the lead.
The King: Forever the Monarch revolves around the idea of parallel worlds whereby a door to an alternate universe opens when god set devil free in the human world. Due to multiple worlds being involved, the production house was looking for an actress with great character versatility.
"Acting for extreme characters like a detective and criminal is not an easy task. Looking at the way she interpreted characters in various films and the natural acting she showed in the growth of a girl to a woman in Goblin, we judged that if it were the broad acting skills of Kim Go-Eun, she'd be able to successfully take on Jeong Tae-Eul and Luna's double role," stated Studio Dragon Corporation.
They elaborated further by saying, "The King: Forever the Monarch represents a fantasy romance drama that crosses in between the parallel worlds of South Korea and the Korean Empire and Kim Go-Eun will challenge herself to a double role with a South Korean detective, Jeong Tae-Eul, and a character called Luna, who lives a low life as a criminal of the Korean Empire."
With the leads secured, filming is expected to commence in the latter half of 2019 and we can estimate the drama to air during the first half of 2020.