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KIM Rae-won Anointed for LONG LIVE THE KING
Oct 01, 2018
- Writerby Pierce Conran
THE OUTLAWS Director to Adapt Popular Webtoon
KIM Rae-won is set to take the lead in the webtoon adaptation Long Live the King, which will be director KANG Yun-sung’s follow-up project to smash hit crime drama THE OUTLAWS (2017). KIM will be joined on screen with WON Jin-ah.
KIM will play Jang Se-chool, a mob boss who has been pining after Kang So-hyun for three years. Uninterested, she keeps pushing him away and to permanently get rid of him, she says she wants to be the first lady. At the same time, his friend finds himself on death row and in need of a presidential pardon. In order to get the girl of his dreams and save his friend, Se-chool decides it’s time to run for president.
A leading man since early in the aughts, KIM has recently headlined several crime films, including gangland thriller Gangnam Blues (2015), jail thriller The Prison (2017) and supernatural thriller RV: Resurrected Victims (2017).
Though well known for her roles on the small screen, WON has also had several small parts in major films, including last December’s North Korean action drama Steel Rain (2017) and KIM Jee-woon’s Colonial Era espionage drama The Age of Shadows (2016).
Featuring Don LEE (aka MA Dong-seok) as a gruff Chinatown detective in the lead role, director KANG’s debut film THE OUTLAWS unexpectedly became the top-selling title of last year’s Chuseok holiday, when it sold almost seven million tickets.
Long Live the King will go before cameras in late September.