tvN’s new historical comedy series Mr. Queen, previously known as No Touch Princess, has released the first stills of its lead stars Shin Hye-sun and Kim Jung-hyun.
Mr. Queen is a fantasy sageuk (historical drama) that follows a chef stationed at the Blue House whose spirit is suddenly transported to the body of a Queen back in the Joseon era. Shin Hye-sun (Angel’s Last Mission: Love) stars as Kim So-yong, the Queen of Joseon who harbors a man’s soul from the 21st century inside her body; Kim Jung-hyun (Crash Landing on You) as King Cheoljong, the gentle, outgoing King of Joseon Dynasty who has dual personalities; Bae Jong-ok (Graceful Family) as Queen Sunwon, the manipulative and cunning wife of the late King Sunjo; and Kim Tae-woo (The Tale of Nokdu) as Kim Jwa-geun, the overly ambitious brother of Queen Sunwon.
The inevitable meeting between the characters of Shin Hye-sun and Kim Jung-hyun will be one of the most anticipated scenes in the drama, with fans of the actors and viewers waiting for it. Both actors have proven their skills in comical roles in the past. Recently, social media platforms blew up with reactions of excitement and anticipation after the release of the series’ teaser videos and character posters.
The first unveiled character stills show Shin Hye-sun transform into the fair, stunning Joseon Queen adorned in the traditional Joseon royal hanbok (Korean traditional attire) and jewelry. However, the look of dismay and annoyance is painted on her face while in deep thought, as if she can’t believe the reality of her circumstances and is attempting to figure out how her soul ended up inside a queen’s body. Viewers are already looking forward to seeing how the troubled soul will survive in the strange new world where strict rules exist, all while being inside an unfamiliar body of a royalty.
Meanwhile, Kim Jung-hyun perfectly pulls off the sophisticated and majestic look of a Joseon King, whose gentle and warm appearance hides a two-faced personality and a secret from his dark past. King Cheoljong has a soft smile, but his eyes are sharp and guarded, as if he’s careful to keep distance from the people around him, even though he is heavily guarded by his eunuchs and royal guards. His sturdy and elegant aura seems to be clashing with his real, hidden intentions, making the viewers more curious about the King’s true identity.
In the final image, Kim So-yong and Cheoljong finally meet. However, for So-yong, whose soul is unfamiliar with the life of the queen, this will be the very first time she meets the King of Joseon, as seen from her rather guarded and careful reaction around him. Also, the discomfort between the two is pretty evident as Cheoljong observes So-yong carefully but with growing interest, indicating that the king might be aware that something is not right with the queen, while So-yong is displeased with Cheoljong’s actions. Anticipations are set on both actors pulling off their chemistry onscreen with equal parts romance and comedy.
Shin Hye-sun, who has managed to become a recognized actress, has appeared in many popular series in the past, including SBS’s The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016–2017), two seasons of tvN’s Stranger (2017, 2020), and KBS2’s Angel’s Last Mission: Love (2019). Meanwhile, Kim Jung-hyun last starred in one of the biggest romantic series of this year, tvN’s Crash Landing on You (2020), where his character broke the hearts of many viewers. The actor has taken on many roles in his career, such as in SBS’s Jealousy Incarnate (2016), KBS2’s School 2017 (2017), and JTBC’s Welcome to Waikiki (2018).
The production crew of Mr. Queen has nothing but praises for both actors, saying, “The energy and performance by Shin Hye-sun and Kim Jung-hyun are perfect. You can expect them to transform into their new comical roles, and you will be able to feel the essence of our new fusion historical comedy series.”
Mr. Queen will air every Saturday and Sunday starting this December 12 at 9 p.m. KST on tvN, taking over the current time slot of Start-Up. The series is helmed by director Yoon Sung-shik from KBS2’s Hwarang (2016–2017), along with writers Park Gye-ok and Cho Ah-il, and produced by YG STUDIOPLEX and Cravenworks.