MBC released yesterday two more posters for its upcoming historical melodrama, The King Loves. The two posters feature the drama’s main characters played by Im Si-wan (Misaeng), Im Yoon-ah (The K2), and  Hong Jong-hyun (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo).

The first poster below shows Im Si-wan’s character staring at Im Yoon-ah’s, who looks away from him shyly. Im Si-wan plays the titular character named Wang Won, Goryeo’s crown prince who is living a virtuous life but possesses a cruel and ambitious nature deep down. He will fall in love with Yoon-ah’s character, Eun San, a gorgeous noblewoman who is the daughter of the wealthiest man in Goryeo. The King Loves centers around Wang Won as he pursues the woman he loves and throne he wants.

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Wang Rin, Hong Jong-hyun’s character, is Wang Won’s rival both in Eun San’s heart and the throne. He is seen in the second poster below sitting in front of Wang Won and noticing the presence of Eun San behind the crown prince. He is Wang Won’s close childhood friend and bodyguard and this poster shows the kind of relationship they have prior to their rivalry. His relationship with the crown prince will get sour when he falls in love with Eun-san and becomes a threat to the throne.

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The two posters are the latest addition to the drama’s main promotional materials that were first released in the last week of June. The first teaser of the drama got released first before the first two posters, which also feature Wang Won and Eun San in one and the three main characters together in another.

The King Loves marks Im Si-wan’s comeback drama project following his hit workplace drama, Misaeng. It also marks his last drama before he enlists for his mandatory military service this month. He will serve as an active-duty soldier at a recruit training center located in Gyeonggi province starting July 11 but his enlistment will not affect the drama because the filming period already ended on June 15.

The King Loves is the first completely pre-produced drama to be broadcast on MBC this year. It will premiere on July 17, replacing Lookout on Monday and Tuesdays.

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