Korean drama The Moon that Embraces the Sun (The Sun and the Moon) has achieved ratings of close to 20% on national average with just two episodes aired, completely sweeping away the declining tendency of previous drama Me Too, Flower! The Moon that Embraces the Sun is leading with ratings that almost double of other two dramas broadcast at the same time slot, and the result has exceeded expectations of many people, including Korean actress Moon Geun Young who declined the role.

The Moon that Embraces the Sun is adapted from novel of the same name by author Jung Eun Gwol who also wrote the novel that is been adapted as hit drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal. It tells the love story between the king Lee Hwon and the witch Wol (Moon aka Yeon Woo).

Moon Geun Young was originally the first choice for the role that is supported by fans of the novel. Even the production company of the drama regarded Moon Geun Young as the only casting candidate for the role of “Wol” (Moon aka Yeon Woo), and invited her to act in the drama.

Moon Geun Young

But according the source in production company, the team of Moon Geun Young proposed the suggestion to change the cast on the ground that the popularity and awareness of lead male actor is not high enough. Both sides failed to negotiate to bring differences in line, and eventually producer had to give up on Moon Geun Young.

Note: According to Nate, back in June 2011, the agency of Moon Geun Young has denied the rumor that Moon Geun Young is going to appear on The Sun and the Moon, and has clarified that Moon Geun Young has never been contacted about the drama, nor invited to join the drama as cast.


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  • I think Han Ga In fit in the female lead role much better Moon Guen Young,Han Ga In is much much prettier than MGY.

  • Lulu Yalung

    I”m very glad that Ha Ga In got the female lead because she suits the role.  Besides she is a lot prettier, more impressive and has a more poised nature than Moon Guen Young.  (No offense meant to Moon Guen Young.) Maybe I would not enjoy watching it if it’s not Ha Ga In who plays as Yeon Woon/Wol.  

    Kim Soo Hyun is also perfect for the male lead role – the king.  His acting is admirable and you simply cannot ignore his presence especially with his voice.  His regal bearing makes him a perfect choice. He is key in the success of TMETS.

  • AJ

    to be honest, Moon geun young would fit the characteristics of Wol character alot better than Han Gain. First, Han Gain is way too old for Kim Soohyun. Second, why Moon Geunyoung because she nailed the serious-tense character when she did Cinderella’s Sister yet she can lovable like in Marry Me, Mary remeber first she used to be the National Little Sister. She would be a lot better couple with Kim Soohyun, both are young. Furthermore, i noticed that Han Gain’s act in projecting her emotion are dull as always, and i can’t even connect her with the younger Yeon Woo. i get emotional when Han Gain scenes on play is because i keep remember the young Yeon Woo which make me sad everytime. Too bad Moon Geunyoung’s team is not wise enough for rejecting this offer, obviously the fans of The Sun and The Moon was anticipating for as they think she suits the character well. and rofl and the team thought Kim Soohyun is not high enough. back to their face, Soohyun nailed it the best! 

  • Annoy

    i agreed Han Ga In fits the role very well and her acting is awesone. I like MGY no offence but the credit goes to Han Ga In for her great acting. And sh eis not old. She is very pretty and comfortable to look at. And i think age differnces with the handsome Kim Soo Hyun does not have any negative impact at all! Kudos to both of them. This drama is one of the best.