Here’s a look at the men of the upcoming fantasy-sageuk-time-traveler drama Rooftop Prince. Yoochun stars as the Joseon-era crown prince and should, in my opinion, always be in sageuks; he just looks so much better in my eyes in that dignified sageuk-wear. Either that or he could just adopt hanbok as his everyday dress, though really, it might just be easier to keep acting in costume dramas.
In the drama, Princey makes the 300-year quantum leap with his entourage, which consists of Lee Min-ho (The Moon That Embraces the Sun), Jung Seok-won (Ojakkyo Brothers), and Choi Woo-shik (Tree With Deep Roots). I’m bracing myself for the inevitable moniker F4, which will undoubtedly be slapped onto this quartet, even though it’s a term that reallyneeds to take a hiatus from popular usage. I guess it’s convenient, though; you won’t find shorter shorthand around to describe a foursome of pretty, pretty young men.
About the prince’s posse: Lee Min-ho’s character is a prickly sort — you know, uptight and difficult to please — and also a genius. “Pure macho” swordsman Jung Seok-won is always on his guard and ready to protect the prince. And eunuch Choi Woo-shik happens to be “the original vegetarian,” which I hope gets used for comic effect.
Aside from the fact that this prince is considered handsome, I’m feeling a lot more Vampire Idol with this bunch than F4 — and that’s a great thing, because the vampire idol boys are hilarious. And adorable. They’re also fish out of water, just from the other end of the time-space continuum where they’re used to things being a lot more high-tech and easy than contemporary life in Korea.
The drama recently held its first script reading at SBS’s Ilsan Production Center on the afternoon of February 1, where they also held a camera test with our series leads. That also included our second leads, pictured below in modern-day-wear as characters the crown prince meets when warping to the future. Er, the present. Lee Tae-sung (Playful Kiss) plays a charming playboy, while Jung Yumi (Thousand Day Promise) will fall into a love triangle with the prince and his princess-lookalike, played by Han Ji-min. Han was conspicuously absent from the photos, but she’s probably busy still shooting Padam Padam, which is winding up for its finale week.
Rooftop Prince will premiere on Wednesday, March 14.