Kwak Si-yang will be suiting up for a lead role in SBS’s newest sageuk (historical drama) Hong Chun-gi, joining previously confirmed main stars Kim Yoo-jung and Ahn Hye-seop. The casting news was confirmed by the actor’s agency Starhaus Entertainment on December 12.
Hong Chun-gi will tell the story of the titular character Chun-gi (Kim Yoo-jung, Backstreet Rookie) and the romance that will blossom between her and Ha Ram (Ahn Hyo-seop, Dr. Romantic 2), a brilliant blind astrologer.
Chun-gi is known to be the only female painter to enter Dohwawon or Dohwaseo, the Korean Royal Academy of Painting, and is the only recorded female painter of the Joseon dynasty. As she sets foot on the palace grounds, she crosses paths with Ha Ram and Prince Soo-yang.
Kwak Si-yang, who last graced the screen in the fantasy time-crossing SBS series Alice, will transform into the spiteful and ruthless royalty Soo-yang. Armed blindly by his ambitions to become king, he will do anything to reach his goals and hold immense power in the kingdom.
Hong Chun-gi is based on the novel of the same name by author Jung Eun-gwol, who also penned the source materials of the hit historical dramas Sungkyungkwan Scandal (2010) and The Moon Embracing the Sun (2012). The series is slated to air next year.