Update: Jung Il Woo has confirmed his participation. But he will ditch his previously confirmed role in “Triple” opposite Min Hyo Rin for “Iljimae”.
SBS and MBC are both filming dramas that talks about Iljimae, the hero in Joseon Dynasty but they are currently enjoying differing fortunes.
SBS “Iljimae” starring Lee Jun Ki is enjoying high popularity with viewers as shown in the ratings while MBC had made an announcement yesterday that they would be delaying their drama till next year instead. Another bombshell was dropped today with Lee Seung Gi ditching the leading role.
Lee Seung Gi offered his explanation
The main reason for dropping MBC Iljimae is because I want to devote all my energy into filming KBS 1N2D variety. From what I know, MBC Iljimae would be going overseas for filming and would thus clash with the filming for 1N2D. After careful consideration, I decided on 1N2D over Iljimae instead.
According to the production company, following Lee Seung Gi’s decision, they are currently considering Jung Il Woo for the Iljimae role. But Jung Il Woo’s management replied, “Nothing has been decided yet. We will inform fans immediately once his next project is decided.”
Smart and logical move by Seung Gi. By postponing the filming schedule, it shows the lack of confidence by MBC and their unwillingness to be compared with SBS Iljimae. Whoever takes on the role would have a difficult time.