Kim Myung-soo in talks to star in upcoming historical drama ‘New Secret Royal Inspector’

Singer-actor Kim Myung-soo, also known professionally as L of the boy band INFINITE, is currently looking over the offer to lead the upcoming sageuk (historical) drama New Secret Royal Inspector (literal title).

New Secret Royal Inspector will tell the story of disguised royal investigators, a position that is unique to the Joseon Dynasty. They are noble government officials who are appointed to such a designation by the king and are sent to roam around the local provinces, hear stories from each community, as well as monitor and track down corrupt administrators. They provide voice to the public and serve as the king’s ears and eyes, but they are strictly ordered to never reveal their true identities. Their courageous acts have been the inspiration of many justice-seeking undercover government agents of the modern times.

If he accepts the project, Kim Myung-soo will be playing the character Sung Lee-kyeom, a secret royal inspector and junior sixth counselor of Hongmungwan or the Office of Special Advisors. He leads a normal life as a civil servant by day, doing his job of organizing books inside the royal library. By night, however, he transforms into a gambler who tricks other officials. He seems like a casual womanizer on the outside, a regular customer at kisaeng or courtesan houses, but there is definitely more to him than meets the eye.

Kim is well known for his captivating performances in various series including JTBC’s legal drama Ms. Hammurabi (2018), as well as KBS2’s romantic fantasy series Angel’s Last Mission: Love (2019) and the fantasy rom-com Welcome (Meow: The Secret Boy, 2020). Although his agency, Management Esang, clarified that the actor is not confirmed for the current drama yet, his past portrayals of both charming and dignified characters make him a great match for the role.

New Secret Royal Inspector is set to be helmed by director Kim Jung-min and will be co-authored by Kang Min-sun and Park Sung-hoon.

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