A new epic team-up is in the pipeline as upcoming historical drama Pyeonggang, Cut by the Heart (literal title) has revealed that it has sent out lead-role offers to Son Ye-jin and Kang Ha-neul!
In response to the news, Son’s agency MSTeam Entertainment said, “Pyeonggang, Cut by the Heart is one of the projects she has received offers for, [but] right now, Son Ye-jin is [working out the details of] her appearance in the Hollywood film Cross.” Similarly, TH Company stated on behalf of Kang, “It is among the works that Kang Ha-neul is considering, but no decision has been made yet on whether or not he will take it.”
Pyeonggang, Cut by the Heart will depict the tragic love story of Princess Pyeonggang and Pabo Ondal, a traditional tale carried down in the history of South Korea about a princess who married the hunchbacked commoner Ondal.
Son Ye-jin, who is best known for her performances in Something in the Rain (2018) and Crash Landing on You (2019–2020), is being courted to play Princess Pyeonggang, daughter of King Pyeongwon of Goguryeo. She is nicknamed “The Weeping Princess” for repeatedly crying her eyes out until she gets things done her way. Her stubbornness got on the King’s nerves one day and pushed him to declare that if she does not straighten up, he will marry her off to Ondal, the town’s famous fool. When King Pyeongwon attempted to betroth the princess to the son of a nobleman, she put up fierce resistance and insisted that the King keep his promise of having her marry Ondal. After his confession of having only made empty threats was met by her relentless determination, an argument ensued, and the princess left the palace to roam the streets, looking for her husband-to-be.
Meanwhile, Kang Ha-neul, who was recently hailed Best Actor at the 56th Baeksang Arts Awards for his performance in the drama When the Camellia Blooms (2020), is in talks to portray Pabo Ondal or “Ondal the Fool” (“pabo” is the Korean word for “fool”). Legend tells that Ondal’s waist was bent and that he had an ugly appearance, but that he also had a good heart. When he found Princess Pyeonggang inside their hut, she said that she had already explained to his weak mother that she had come to marry him. He got suspicious and sent her away, but instead, the princess spent the night outside his house, refusing to go anywhere. After hearing that she will buy a new home and a horse for their soon-to-be family using the money she got from selling off her gold jewelry, Ondal got won over by her sincerity, and they got married later on. Not only did the princess bring Ondal and his mother out of their misfortune, but she also paid for his education and trained him in martial arts. He soon became an excellent soldier and even rose through the ranks as a heroic general, eventually getting recognized by King Pyeongwon as his son-in-law.
Pyeonggang, Cut by the Heart, the “you-and-me-against-all-odds” sageuk (historical drama), will reportedly be helmed by PD Yoon Sang-ho, director of King Maker: The Change of Destiny (2020) and targets to air in 2021.