I really hope this fresh news sticks because I would hate to correct this post!
We shared earlier that Jo In Sung and Ha Ji Won would be in The King, after reports have confirmed their re-teaming, but it seems official news can be premature. On December 9th, Jo In Sung’s representative revealed to Star News that The King would not be a possibility for the actor, and essentially, he’s carefully exploring his options.
From what I know, nothing has been heard from Ha Ji Won’s side, so, she may still be on board. I will say production better clinch a male lead that spurs the same kind of interest as Jo In Sung and Lee Byung Hun, who was also considered for the role; they’ve elevated the bar, so to speak. And production should hold off on official announcements till they have their actor’s signature on the contract!