SBS’s Joseon Exorcist is going full blast in preparing for its March premiere! Just a day after releasing its gory second teaser, the fantasy-thriller drama dropped its first stills of lead actor Jang Dong-yoon.
Joseon Exorcist follows a bloody war waged by humans against evil spirits from the west, which use people’s desires to destroy the rising kingdom of Joseon. The dynasty’s present ruler, King Taejong (Kam Woo-sung, The Wind Blows), and his sons, Prince Chungnyung (Jang Dong-yoon, Search) and Prince Yangnyeong (Park Sung-hoon, Memorials), lead a battle bigger and darker than any of them has ever witnessed before.
The one-minute teaser opens to show Prince Kangnyeong (Moon Woo-jin, Alice) and his entourage as they wait for the hawk that he earlier let free to hunt. The young prince sends ahead two of his guards to fetch the bird, but they get attacked by a mysterious creature and get turned into monsters. One of the monsters kills the other, as well as every person in the entourage, before chasing after Prince Kangnyeong. In the next scene, the prince appears chained to a chair inside a room of ice as he is declared undead. Then, King Taejong orders Prince Chungnyung to find the shaman from Seoyeok, the one who can perform an exorcism on the prince.
As armies of spirits take the form of undead humans and begin infiltrating Joseon, one captured spirit says, “We are the soldiers of Azazel.” The next scenes then reveal King Taejong and his two sons as they fight one battle after another while a voice takes over the background and utters, “Prince Kangnyeong must be saved before Prince Chungnyung in order for this country to belong to His Highness.” In turn, Prince Chungnyung vows to destroy the evil forces, but someone hastily warns him, “Don’t think that you can stop them. These undead are different.”
Meanwhile, the newly dropped stills unveil Jang Dong-yoon’s amazing transformation into Prince Chungyung. Although he spent most of his life reading books, the photos show that Chungnyung knows how to wield a sword just as well. With a set of sharp eyes and a fighter’s stance always at the ready, there is no mistaking him for a weak royal who cowers at the sight of blood or evil spirits. Just like his father, he is determined to gamble his life for a chance to save Joseon, no matter how slim the odds may be.
Helmed by Shin Kyung-soo of Nokdu Flower (2019) and penned by screenwriter Park Gye-ok of Mr. Queen (2020), Joseon Exorcist is slated to air beginning March 22 at 10 p.m. KST as a Monday-Tuesday drama.