Rising stars Lee Yu-bi and Kim Dong-jun are being pulled in to join the lineup of stars in the upcoming historical series Joseon Exorcist.
A media outlet announced on the 15th that Lee has recently confirmed her participation in the new work. However, an official from her agency 935 Entertainment clarified that the actress indeed received an offer, but nothing has been decided yet. Earlier, Major Nine issued a similar statement on behalf of Kim, which shared that the actor has been proposed with a role in the series and is positively reviewing it.
Described as a fantasy-action drama, Joseon Exorcist will be set against a fictional depiction of Joseon Dynasty’s founding years. In an era that will see the existence of sorcerers, evil spirits taking over corpses, and exorcism, King Tae-jong (Kam Woo-sung, The Wind Blows) wields power with the aim to fulfill everything that he and his father had envisioned for the kingdom, even if it means abandoning his own flesh and blood. By his side are Prince Chung-nyung (Jang Dong-yoon, The Tale of Nokdu) and Prince Yang-nyung (Park Sung-hoon, Memorials), royals who are similarly skilled at fighting but have opposing perceptions of power that ultimately drive them apart.
Lee Yu-bi is best known for her roles in popular series, such as Pinocchio (2014–2015), The Scholar Who Walks the Night (2015), and A Poem a Day (2018). If she accepts the project, Lee is on to make her next small-screen appearance as a main cast member since her cameo role in the drama Backstreet Rookie (2020).
Meanwhile, Kim Dong-jun is being tapped to portray Byeo-ri, a character who has been constantly mocked since he was young for being a butcher. Now, he has grown up to be a fine-looking but rebellious man who is consumed by his loneliness and deep resentment towards those who have belittled him. Kim received positive regard for his support roles in television series, which include Black (2017), About Time (2018), as well as Chief of Staff 1 and 2 (2019). Currently, the actor is expected to wow the viewers with his major participation in the upcoming romantic-comedy series More Than Friends, slated to premiere on September 25.
Joseon Exorcist will be helmed by PD Shin Kyung-soo of Nokdu Flower (2019) and is penned by screenwriter Park Kye-ok of Doctor Prisoner (2019). Although still under discussion to broadcast via SBS in 2021, the drama is already set to begin filming this October.