Kim You-jung (Backstreet Rookie), Ahn Hyo-seop (Dr. Romantic 2), Gong Myung (Be Melodramatic), and Kwak Si-yang (Alice) have all been confirmed to star in SBS’s new historical fantasy drama “Hong Chun-gi” (literal title).
The drama is an adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Jung Eun-gwol, who was also famously known for the novels-turned-hit dramas “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” and “The Moon Embracing the Sun.” It will be helmed by producing director Jang Tae-yoo (My Love from the Star, Hyena).
Even though the title role of Hong Chun-gi is a real historical figure, the drama will be infusing fiction into the story. “Hong Chun-gi” is a fantasy romance between a female painter and a blind astrologer set in the Joseon era. Kim You-jung will play the titular character of Hong Chun-gi, the first female painter of the Dohwaseo (Korean Royal Academy of Painting). She is a genius artist who used to be blind but miraculously regains her vision.
Ahn Hyo-seop will play the male lead character Ha Ram, a blind officer at the Seowoongwan, Joseon’s office of astronomy, geography, art of divination, meteorology. His blindness was caused by an accident when he was young, but this doesn’t prevent him from developing his skills in reading stars and learning astrology.
Gong Myung signs on for the role of Prince Anpyeong, a free spirit who also loves art and literature. Meanwhile, Kwak Si-yang will appear as the cunning Prince Sooyang, an ambitious royal who aims to be the next king.
The drama is set to premiere on SBS in 2021.