[Upcoming K-Drama] King of Chosun
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Posted 11/13/11

Lee Byeong-heon comes back to Korea with "King of Chosun"



Top star Lee Byeong-Heon is attempting a historical drama for the fist time in his acting career.

He has recently confirmed as a cast member for "King of Chosun". This will be directed by Choo Chang-min and not Kang Woo-seok, who was initially supposed to direct this movie.

With a prince and a beggar as its principal characters, a commoner poses as the king on behalf of Gwanghaegun, which opens his eyes to the world.

Lee Byeong-Heon, who is currently filming "G.I. Joe 2" in Hollywood, thought hard until the very last minute after being offered the role. He had another offer in Hollywood for next year.

After speaking with the head of production and director Choo, he decided to come on board. After minor details last week, the filming has been set to start at the end of January.

This is the first time Lee Byeong-Heon will be filming a historical drama since his debut. He plays the role of a commoner and a king at the same time, and has a romance with the Queen as well.

The roles opposite Lee Byeong-Heon (as Heo Gyoon) and the Queen haven't been decided yet. The palace maid, a role of importance, quite possibly could be Sim Eun-kyeong who is currently abroad. She should soon return with an answer.

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Posted 11/19/11
Lee Byeong-Heon to star as King of Joseon



Top Korean star Lee Byeong-Heon is set to play the lead in CJ E&M Pictures' "Masquerade" (working title). Lee's management agency BH Entertainment announced that he is confirmed to star in the historical drama to be directed by Choo Chang-min ("Late Blossom") and written by Hwang Jo-yoon ("Old Boy").

At the moment, Lee is playing the role of Storm Shadow in the Hollywood productionG.I. Joe 2: Retaliation which is shooting in New Orleans. He played the same character in the 2009 film G.I Joe: the Rise of Cobra. His other credits include starring in Kim Ji-woon's "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" and "I Saw the Devil", as well as Park Chan-wook's "JSA - Joint Security Area".

With a hot fan base in Japan, Lee is due to return to Korea and prepare for a Japanese arena tour where he will meet with an estimated 60,000 fans at the end of the year.

Choo previously directed the hit comedy "Mapado" (2004) and the romantic senior citizen drama "Late Blossom" which became a sleeper hit through word of mouth after it was released in February this year.

"Masquerade" is a sort of "The Prince and the Pauper" story where a commoner of the lowest class takes the place of the ruling monarch Gwanghaegun and comes to realize all that the position entails. The Korean title translates as "I Am a/the King of Joseon".

Lee will act in both the roles of the charismatic king and the sympathetic commoner, with a romantic connection with the queen as well.

Formerly, director Kang Woo-seok ("Silmido", "GLove") was reported to be attached to the project but Choo is now set to direct.

The film is due to start shooting early next year with a budget of US$8 million.
Posted 11/21/11
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