Park Bo-gum offered monkey king role in fantasy romance “Hwayugi”

Park Bo-gum (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds) received an offer to star in a fantasy romance drama titled Hwayugi, which is penned by the Hong Sisters who wrote The Master’s Sun and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho.

Hwayugi is based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West but will have a modern setting. The original novel is published in the 16th century during the Ming Dynasty and contains 100 chapters that can be divided into four unequal parts. It tells the story of a monk who goes to a journey with four companions hoping to atone for their sins. Park Bo-gum is up to play one of the four named Sun Wukong the Monkey King, a mischievous and powerful god. The actor is still reviewing the script and considering the drama.

Journey to the West is a popular folklore in Chinese culture. The upcoming Korean drama is just one of the several media adaptations of the novel, the most recent of which includes The Legend of the Monkey, a live-action television series produced by Australia’s ABC, TVNZ and Netflix and is set to premiere worldwide in 2018.

The fantasy romance drama will retell the much beloved classic novel with the monk as the heroine. No details yet have been released about the actress that will play this role, but she is described as snobby and materialistic. Sun Wukong come to live in the human world as an exile after his powers are sealed due to his pride. He learns one day that the monk can unseal his powers, and develops a relationship with her that leads to love.

Actor Cha Seung-won is also considering a role in the drama offered to him last month. He is being courted to play Woo Hwi-chul, Sun Wukong’s sworn brother who is described as a gentleman and a successful businessman.

Hwayugi is written by sisters Hong Jung-eun and Hong Mi-ran and will be directed by PD Park Hong-kyun of Queen Seon-deok. tvN is planning to air the drama every Saturdays and Sundays starting December 2017. 

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