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Jang Geun Suk, Yeo Jin Goo and Lim Ji Yeon Consider Roles In Joseon-Era Gambling Drama

BY Julie Jones | Jan 26, 2016 08:32 AM EST


Jang Geun Suk as a Joseon-era card shark? Yeo Jin Goo in his first adult role, playing a villainous king?

Nothing is confirmed yet but actors Jang Geun Suk, Yeo Jin Goo, and Lim Ji Yeon are currently considering roles in the new SBS historical drama "Jackpot" aka "Daebak."

If he takes the role, Jang Geun Suk will play Prince Yeong Soo, who was born into a royal household but is raised in poverty. Because he has nothing, he becomes a swindler and a gambler. And he becomes really good at it.

If Yeo Jin Goo signs on, he will play his first adult role as Prince Yeong Jo, a confident prince who has everything denied to Prince Yeong Soo. Prince Yeong Jo eventually becomes King Yeong Jo. He's the villain in this story.

Lim Ji Yeon will play the role of Dam Seo, a woman who wants to murder the king because of a grudge against the royal family.

The historical drama is reported to be inspired by the popular modern-day drama, "All In," which starred Song Hye Kyo and Lee Byung Hun, and focused on the world of casino gambling. In "Jackpot" the two princes will come into conflict about love, power and the throne. And it's likely that some of these rivalries will be decided in a game of chance.

The stars of this drama all have previous experience acting in historical dramas or films.

Jang Geun Suk currently appears as a mentor on the reality show 'Produce 101."  His last small screen appearance was the 2013 drama "Pretty Man." He has acted in historical dramas before, playing Ha Ji Won's first love in "Hwang Jin Yi" and revolutionary Lee Chang Hwi in "Hong Gil Dong."

Yeo Jin Goo was last seen in the vampire drama "Orange Marmalade" and his last historical drama was "The Moon Embracing The Sun" when he played the young Kim Soo Hyun.

Lim Ji Yeon's only drama appearance was in "High Society," but she's been in a dozen films, including the period film "The Treacherous."

Kwon Soon Gyu, who wrote "Goddess of Fire: Jeonji" and Warrior Baek Dong Soo" will write the screenplay. Nam Gun, who directed "Mask," will direct "Jackpot."

"Jackpot" will follow 'Six Flying Dragons" in March.

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