Drama Casting & News
Yoo Seung-ho becomes Master–Ruler of the Mask in order to live
Amongst the early summer crop of dramas, I’ve been keeping my eye out for MBC’s Wednesday-Thursday sageuk Master—Ruler of the Mask because it stars my dream pairing of Yoo Seung-ho (Remember—Son’s War) and Kim So-hyun (The Lonely Shining Goblin). The most recently released teaser gives us delicious glimpses of Yoo Seung-ho’s emotive acting as he portrays a crown prince who must keep his mask on in order to live.
This historical drama is set during the Joseon dynasty when a corrupt organization called the Pyunsoohwe has gained power in the government. It’ll be a story containing both thrilling elements of love and war, about how the crown prince, played by Yoo Seung-ho, fights to wrest control back from this powerful group. Heo Joon-ho (Beautiful Mind) plays the leader of the Pyunsoohwe, who is also the grandfather of Yoon So-hee (Memory), who betrays her family for her love of the prince.
On the other hand, Kim So-hyun plays a character who is seeking revenge on behalf of her family against the prince and tragically falls in love with him in the process. L (She’s So Lovable) is set to play the prince’s double, who is extremely intelligent and shrewd but with very base commoner roots.
The teaser features Yoo Seung-ho in all his regalness, displaying his famous eye-acting (aka the ability to emote with just the eyes). In a heated desperate discussion, the prince asks his father: “If I stop wearing this mask, will people die again?” Interspersed in their conversation is a memory with Yoo Seung-ho being targeted by an arrow as Kim So-hyun in shock is being dragged away. The copy reads: “The crown prince who became the ruler of the mask in order to live, Yi Seon.”
In the voiceover, the king’s fierce protectiveness of his son comes out when he says, “This was the only way I could save you from death,” as he urges his son to become stronger. Meanwhile, Heo Joon-ho looks to be lounging, but has eyes that are watchful like a hawk. Then Yoo Seung-ho shouts at his father with tear-filled eyes, “I never asked to be the crown prince!” Ooh chills!
Master—Ruler of the Mask will begin airing May 10 on MBC after Radiant Office finishes its run.