Song Il Gook Transforms into Joseon Scholar in New Poster for Upcoming Historical Drama

Song Il Gook’s upcoming historical drama, “Jang Young Sil,” has released a poster of the actor in the titular role. The KBS 1TV drama is about the historical figure Jang Young Sil, who was a prominent scientist and inventor during the Joseon dynasty.

On December 24, the production staff released the poster, which features Song Il Gook looking wise but charismatic in simple white clothes, standing in front of his inventions. The character has appeared in historical dramas in the past, but never as a main character. This will be the first time that his story is told through a drama.

Song Il Gook is reported to have felt great responsibility to take on the role of a historical figure that the nation respects and admires. In addition, despite Jang Young Sil’s advances in the field of science, there is not much in historical records about him. In preparation for the role, Song Il Gook is said to have studied up on the character and consulted the script often.

“‘Jang Young Sil’ is a production that we’ve worked on for a long time in order to live up to the reputation of KBS’s historical dramas,” the production staff said. “Song Il Gook and the other actors are working hard in anticipation of the day the viewers see the first episode. Please anticipate it.”

The first episode will air January 2, 2016.

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