On February 18, Shin Se-kyung‘s agency Namoo Actors confirmed her return to the small screen with MBC’s Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung.
Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung is a historical fiction set in early 19th century Joseon, a time when Confucian thoughts dictated the functioning of the society and women were deemed inferior to men. Shin Se-kyung will take on the titular role as Goo Hae-ryung, a female historian who is mocked for being in what is considered a male profession, despite doing her job well and treating everyone equally. The drama will explore transitioning gender roles during that era as women become more and more successful in traditionally male-dominated professions.
Shin Se-kyung commented, “I read the script with great interest and was inspired by the fresh story of Goo Hae-ryung. I will show my best face while essaying this role.” Shin has repeatedly proved her acting chops through roles in When A Man Falls In Love (2013) and Six Flying Dragons (2015), winning best actress awards for both. She was last seen in KBS2’s Black Knight: The Man Who Guards Me opposite Kim Rae-won.
Rumored to be joining her as the male lead is K-pop group ASTRO’s Cha Eun-woo, who made waves with his thoughtful and sensitive portrayal of Do Kyung-seok in JTBC’s My ID Is Gangnam Beauty. Cha is positively considering the offer. If he confirms his appearance, he will be playing Yi Rim, a lonely prince who writes romance novels and has a mysterious relationship with Goo Hae-ryung.
The series will be directed by Kang Il-soo, the man behind sageuks like Jeon Woo-chi (2012-2013) and The Land Of The Wind (2008-2009) as well as 2016’s Solomon’s Perjury, who will be reuniting with Solomon’s Perjury writer Kim Ho-soo for this project.
Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung is scheduled to air in July as a Wednesday-Thursday series.