Cha Seung Won can’t seem to get out of historicals this year. He just confirmed that he’ll star in Kang Woo Suk‘s upcoming film “Gosanja, Daedongyeojido” as Joseon-era cartographer Kim Jeong Ho.
The film is based on novelist Park Bum Shin‘s book “Gosanja,” which followed the cartographer as he struggled to make an accurate map of the country despite opposition from the nobles. Back in the day, the royals and ruling class used maps as a tool for spreading their ideologies and power. In this film, Kim Jeong Ho is portrayed as a man who desires to create an accurate map after his own father died from an erroneous one. The title of the film refers to Kim Jeong Ho’s pen name, Gosanja, which means ‘Guy of the Old Mountain’ and his opus “Daedongyeojido,” which mapped out the entirety of the Korean peninsula and looked the most similar to modern maps.
Yoo Joon Sang (Heard It Through the Grapevine, Birth Secret) will also star as Heungseon Daewongun, who was in power during this time and might be portrayed as Kim Jeong Ho’s enemy in this film.Director Kang Woo Suk (“Public Enemy,” “Silmido”) previously worked with Yoo in his film “Moss,” and knew even back then that he was going to work with this actor again in the future. As for Cha, he seems to have known him for a long time personally.
Both Cha and Yoo are currently wrapped up in their respective dramas. Cha is currently playing King Gwanghae in Hwajung, which will go on until October if it keeps its 50-episode length. He is currently finalizing his schedule on the drama so that he could work on the film. Yoo is on Heard it Through the Grapevine as Lee Joon‘s father, but that drama has a shorter episode count. “Gosanja Daedongyeojido” is expected to be released in 2016.