Jang Dong-yoon to play lead role in ‘Mung Bean Chronicles’ opposite Kim So-hyun

Jang Dong-yoon has been confirmed as the leading actor in a sageuk called Mung Bean Chronicles which already secured Kim So-hyun as the female lead.

The period romantic comedy, also called Joseon Loco: Nokdu Chronicles, is an adaptation of a hit webtoon of the same title and follows the life of Jeon Neok-du. Jang Dong-yoon (Mr. Sunshine, A Poem A Day) will play this character, who is described as an ambitious and hard working man. He dreams of expanding his horizons and uses that as an excuse to avoid marriage. He has brilliant looks and silky-smooth hair that most men envy. After an incident that leads him to a mysterious village dressed up as a woman, he meets a young lady named Dong Dong-joo.

Kim So-hyun (Radio Romance, Love Alarm) confirmed her role as Dong Dong-joo early this month. Her character is a trainee gisaeng with no sense of rhythm and music. She is obviously lacking in terms of musical talent but she can make anything using the right tools, prompting some of the villagers to call her Jang Yeong-sil, a renowned inventor who lived during the Joseon dynasty. She is hot-tempered and has a sharp tongue but she lives with a secret that she cannot tell anyone.

With a love story that is one of a kind, Mung Bean Chronicles is expected to bring laughs and tears to its viewers. It will be directed by Kim Dong-hwi of Fight For My Way and The Merchant: Gaekju 2015 and written by Baek So-yeon and Lim Ye-jin (Love in the Moonlight). The drama’s premiere is slated for September.

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