JR ENT, Kim Kyung-nam’s agency, has revealed that the actor is currently reviewing an offer to star in The Red Sleeve Cuff, an upcoming MBC period drama that actress Park Hye-su is also being courted for!
The Red Sleeve Cuff is based on a novel of the same name by author Kang Mi-kang and will depict the love story between King Jeongjo and royal concubine Ui-bin Seong. It will follow the life of Seong Deok-im (Park Hye-su, My Shy Boss; Saimdang, Memoir of Colors), a court lady who had to go through difficult challenges while growing up. She gets involved with a crown prince who falls in love with her and asks her to marry him. Deok-im rejects him a couple of times but when he was crowned King, she eventually became his royal concubine. She then gives birth to a crown prince and begins her journey to becoming a queen.
Kim Kyung-nam is in talks to play the male protagonist Crown Prince Lee San, who is next in line to the throne as the eldest child of the deceased Crown Prince Sado, son of King Yeongjo. He meets court lady Seong Deok-im and grows feelings for her. Despite getting constantly rejected by her, he appoints Deok-im as royal concubine Ui-bin Seong, following his ascension as Joseon era’s King Jeongjo.
Kim is fresh off his memorable role as Detective Kang Shin-jae in SBS’s romantic fantasy series The King: Eternal Monarch (2020), where he acted closely with Kim Go-eun. He made his small-screen debut in another Lee Min-ho starrer series Faith back in 2012 before partaking in dramas such as Prison Playbook (2017–2018), Where Stars Land (2018), and Special Labor Inspector Mr. Jo (2019).
The Red Sleeve Cuff will be penned by Jung Hae-ri, screenwriter for The Emperor: Owner of the Mask (2017) and helmed by Jung Ji-in, director of Radiant Office (2017) and Hold Me Tight (2018). It is slated to air in the first half of 2021.