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The title of actor Lee Byung-hun’s first historical film has been announced.

Initially announced as “I am the King of Joseon,” Lee’s upcoming movie title has been finalized to “Masquerade,” the film’s promoter 1st Look told 10Aisa in a phone interview on Friday.

While the original Korean title is translated as “Gwanghae, the Man Who Became the King,” the officials said this decision was made because “the story focuses on the episodes that a low class man goes through to become the king of the country.”

In the forthcoming pic, the Korean heartthrob will play double role by acting Gwanghae, the 15th king of Joseon Dynasty, and Ha-sun, a man of low class by birth.

King Gwanghae is known to be one of the misfortunate figures in the Joseon Dynasty’s history. As he was deposed by the Westerners faction in a coup, historians did not give him a temple name like Taejo or Sejong.

Actor Ryu Seung-ryeong, who recently played a casanova in box office chart-topper, “All About My Wife,” is playing a character that plays a major role in making Ha-sun sit on the throne.

Actress Han Hyo-joo plays the queen and other veteran actors Kim Myung-gon and Kim In-kwon will co-star in the movie.

Lee’s agency, BH Entertainment, said previously that Lee began shooting “Masquerade” last February and the film is expected to be released sometime in the latter half of this year.

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