‘Kingdom’ holds script reading for season 2, begins filming

Netflix Korea confirmed through an Instagram post on February 14 that the production team of Kingdom’s season 2 has officially begun shooting on February 12, just four days after the script reading for the series was conducted.

Kim Seung-hun, Kingdom‘s director, was present at the table read, along with writer Kim Eun-hee and all the actors. However, Kim will not direct the entire season 2 since he is in charge of the first episode only and Park In-je, a movie director and writer, will helm the remaining episodes. Park directed the 2017 political drama film The Mayor, starring Choi Min-sik.

Leads Ju Ji-hoon, Bae Doo-na and Ryu Seung-ryong are returning to reprise their roles, and two new additions have been made to the cast—Park Byung-eun (Your Honor) and Kim Tae-hoon (Hold Me Tight). During the script reading, all the actors were in good spirits and eager to start shooting because of the amazing reactions to season 1.

Kingdom is a mystery thriller set in the Joseon era and follows the crown prince (played by Ju Ji-hoon), who is accused of treason, as he goes on a mission to clear his name and learn the secret behind the mysterious condition ailing his father, the king. The accusation made against the prince stems from the power tussle involving him and the prime minister (Ryu Seung-ryong), who is intent on destroying him and seizing power.

Meanwhile, Bae Doo-na plays a nurse who witnesses the transformation of her patients into zombies that feed on the flesh of the living. She joins the prince as he struggles to reclaim the throne while fighting off the bloodthirsty monsters. The first season of the show ended on a thrilling cliffhanger, leading to a lot of interest in season 2, which is expected to be released in 2020.

Team of Netflix Kingdom at the script-reading session
Photo Credit: Dispatch

In a recent interview, Ju Ji-hoon praised Bae Doo-na for her performance in the series.

The first season of Kingdom was released on January 25, and is currently streaming on Netflix.

Sources: 1 | 2 | 3

IndoorEnthusiast

Indoor Enthusiast (Esha) is a staff writer at Kdramapal. She is responsible for bringing all the latest happenings in Kdramaland, as well as features and recaps of currently airing dramas, to the readers of the site. As a gender studies student, she loves analyzing K-dramas through the lens of gender politics and social justice. You're most likely to find her droning on and on about how Ji Hae-soo from It's Okay That's Love and Sung Bora from Reply 1988 are the best heroines to ever grace our screens. Her favorite dramas tend to be thrillers like Secret Forest and Signal, as well as heartwarming shows like Misaeng. When not in the mood for either of those, you can find her binging on shows about female friendships a la Age of Youth or rom-coms that come with sprinklings of feminism, like Because This Life Is My First. She lives in India, spends all her free time reading books, and would love nothing more than to meet Gong Hyo-jin and sign away her life's earnings to the actress. Indoor Enthusiast can be reached at [email protected]