Looking for something new and lighthearted to watch? Peep the latest buzzworthy K-drama that’s got everyone talking about — Mr. Queen. If you’re convinced that this is just another old period comedy-drama, then think again. Aside from its historical set up that dates back to the Joseon era, the series is rife with several modern-day pop culture references that make it relatable to the younger audience.
In its early run, the plot follows Queen Kim So-yong of Joseon (played by Shin Hye-sun) and Jang Bong-hwan (starring Choi Jin-hyuk), a modern-day chef at the prestigious President’s Blue House. Though centuries apart, they both encounter a near-death experience at the same time, causing their souls to switch bodies. Eventually, the show shifted its focus and is now firmly rooted in the past at the end of episode 6. As Chef Bong-hwan finds himself trapped in the queen-to-be’s body and struggling with identity issues, he attempts to discover more about her identity — only to end up getting caught in a complex royal drama that threatens to break the kingdom’s peace.
Besides it being witty and comical, this drama offers a momentary escape from the harsh reality that we’re all facing during this pandemic. And, we’re not surprised that the series has also been enjoying steady popularity since the airing of the first episode.
So before you get started on the show, here are a few things you should know about Mr Queen and the stars of the show, Shin Hye-sun and Kim Jyung Hyun.