Confirmations are in for actress Kim Go-eun to star in Lee Min-ho‘s upcoming fantasy drama The King: The Eternal Monarch, which is written by Kim Eun-sook of Mr. Sunshine and will be directed by Descendants of the Sun co-director Baek Sang-hoon.
Hwa&Dam Pictures, the production company of the upcoming series, made the announcement on May 20, just four days after Kim Go-eun has been reported to be the “very likely” candidate for the female lead role.
The King: The Eternal Monarch is a fantasy romance drama set in two parallel worlds—the Korean empire and its modern-day counterpart, the Republic of Korea. The parallel world becomes accessible after a deity unleashes a demon that opens a portal or bridge between the two worlds. The drama centers on an emperor who teams up with a detective to shut the portal in an effort to protect his loved ones from evil forces.
Lee Min-ho signed up early this month to play Korean Emperor Lee Gon while Kim Go-eun has taken on the role of Jung Tae-eul, the detective in the modern world. Kim actually accepted two roles, as she will also portray a criminal named Luna in the Korean empire.
Hwa&Dam Pictures mentioned that Kim Go-eun has been selected for the roles due to her versatility as an actress, which she has shown in her past projects including the hit 2016 fantasy drama Goblin in which her character grows from a girl to a mature woman. The said series was also written by Kim Eun-sook, and so was the Lee Min-ho starrer The Heirs (2013), making The King: The Eternal Monarch a reunion project for the two actress and the writer.
Kim Go-eun made her TV acting debut in 2016, playing the lead female role in the popular but controversial drama Cheese In The Trap opposite Park Hae-jin. Later that year, she starred in Goblin alongside Gong Yoo. She has been working on films since then, making The King: The Eternal Monarch her first and comeback TV drama in two and a half years. Her latest and upcoming film, Yoo Yeol’s Music Album, which also stars Jung Hae-in (One Spring Night) will be released this year.
Similarly, the upcoming drama is Lee Min-ho’s first series in more than two years and his first confirmed project after his mandatory military service which he completed in the last week of April. Lee’s breakthrough in the entertainment industry came in 2009 with his lead role in the highly rated and talked about drama Boys Over Flowers. He had since played the lead in five dramas namely Personal Taste, City Hunter, Faith, The Heirs, and Legend of the Blue Sea.
The King: Eternal Monarch will begin filming in the second half of the year and premiere in the first half of 2020.