Woohoo, now I don’t have to be sad anymore that Yoo Seung-ho (Remember–Son’s War) turned down the drama adaptation of The Man Living in Our House, because this is much, MUCH better: He’s currently considering an offer to headline a new fantasy sageuk called Ruler–Master of the Mask as a prince who battles injustice. Oh glorious mane of glory, here we coooooome!
The new drama will be about an 18th-century Joseon prince who goes up against a shadow organization that wields power behind the scenes. The prince will fight a righteous war in order to battle increasing privatization in Joseon society, which drew public censure. The character is described as a prince who becomes a hero because of love, and “starts a war with the power to possess and control water.” I really don’t know if that’s literal or not. Can he make water dance, or is it a metaphor? Maybe his swindler Kim Seon-dal character took all the water and now he just lords it over everyone.
If anyone feels at home in royal robes, it’s Yoo Seung-ho. He’s already played a king three times — in The King and I, Queen Seondeok, and Legend — and that’s not even counting the times he’s played a god (Arang and the Magistrate, God of Study), or legendary swindler Kim Seon-dal, who impersonated a king. And if he’s a warrior prince, all the better, since he could reuse all the fighting skills from Warrior Baek Dong-soo. Basically, he’s got his bases covered.
Ruler–Master of the Mask will be a 20-episode drama series that’s 100% pre-produced; it’s currently being shopped at the major networks, and doesn’t have a broadcaster yet. Once casting is complete, shooting will begin in December for a 2017 broadcast. That is EONS away! I protest! …Or fine, I’ll just sit here impatiently until you give me the drama. Sigh.