After failing to get Lee Young Ae or Go Hyun Jung, MBC have casted Sung Yuri as Queen Seondeok in their large-scale saeguk drama Queen Seondeok.
MBC announced today, “The leading protagonist, Princess Deokman will be played by Sung Yuri. That’s confirmed and we have only the pay, etc left to discuss.” Queen Seondeok is the biography of Deokman who was Queen of Silla, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea and it’s first reigning queen.
Sung Yuri will be casted as Princess Deokman who was the eldest daughter of King Jinpyeong. The charismatic Princess Deokman lived in a era of conflict with Shilla embroiled in continual wars with it’s neighbours, Goguryeo and in particular Baekje. As King Jinpyeong did not have any sons, he decided on Princess Deokman as his successor and eventually became Queen Seondeok.
Go Hyun Jung was originally casted for Queen Seondeok but she was eventually picked for another role, Mi Shil, a court lady who will have many scenes opposite Sung Yuri. Mi Shil is a woman who has a great desire for power and had serviced 3 kings in the past, becoming a prominent figure in Shilla history.
Although Sung Yuri has taken on period dramas before like SBS Thousand Years of Love and KBS Hong Gil Dong, this is her first-ever traditional saeguk drama. This will be a big test for her as she has to act as a young Princess Deokman before becoming Queen Seondeok which will span generations.
The 50 episode Queen Seondeok will go on air in the earlier half of 2009.