Lee Byung-hun to star as Joseon king in movie

By Claire Lee
  • Published : Feb 27, 2012 - 13:22
  • Updated : Feb 27, 2012 - 18:44

Actor Lee Byung-hun stars in the upcoming film “King of Joseon.” (CJ Entertainment)
Popular actor Lee Byunghun this month started shooting a historical epic based on the life of Gwanghaegun — a 17th century Joseon ruler who was dethroned in a coup — the movie’s producer CJ Entertainment announced on Monday.

The movie, whose working title is “King of Joseon,” is written by “Oldboy” screenwriter Hwang Jo-yoon and directed by “Mapado” and “Late Blossom” auteur Choo Chang-min.

The fictional plot of the film develops as the eccentric king runs into Ha-seon, a man from the lowest class who resembles himself, and puts him in charge of his royal position. Lee plays both the king and Ha-seon in the film. It is Lee’s first time starring in a period piece.

Since his TV debut in 1991, Lee has appeared in a number of popular TV dramas and movies, including KBS’ 2009 series “Iris,” director Kim Ji-woon’s 2010 thriller “I Saw the Devil,” and the G.I. Joe movies.

“King of Joseon” is slated to be open in theaters in late fall.

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