I have lots of love for Seo In Gook. It started with Answer Me 1997 and this year’s High School King Of Savvy rekindled my affection for him. In all possibilities, I should have been tickled pink with the announcement of his next drama but I’m as interested in The King’s Face as I would be in watching paint dry. Firstly, it’s a sageuk and secondly, the premise doesn’t look appealing to me. But I wish all the very best to him with this show being his first historical role and also his first leading role in a show belonging to Big 3 as it will premiere next week on KBS replacing Blade Man which performed dismally in ratings. Mr. Back is already claiming first position since it started while Pinocchio also got a decent start this week. I want The King’s Face to have good ratings as well, just for its main lead.
Seo In Gook takes on the role of Prince Gwanghae who is the illegitimate son of King Seonjo, played by the evil villain from Gu Family Book, Lee Sung Jae. Lee Soon Jae (The King 2 Hearts) plays a fortune-teller who predicts about the King that he has the face of someone who should never become a king. Shin Sung Rok, who is the current hot actor in dramaland, winning hearts left and right even when playing a villain, stars as a young face-reader while the leading lady is Jo Yoon Hee (Nine), who is the love interest of the King, the Prince and the young face reader. I guess the word rest is not present in Shin Sung Rok’s dictionary as he did four back to back dramas (You From Another Star, Trot Lovers, Liar Game and this) this year.
The King’s Face faced some problems in its early stages — at first there was a controversy due to its semblance with the movie The Face Reader and later hero Seo In Gook got injured during rehearsal for an action scene. Finally the show is starting from 19 November with PD of Gaksital and writer of Money’s Warfare. It plans a total of 24 episodes. I think Seo In Gook is looking quite good in the sageuk attire.